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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy into the limelight as the 44-year-old has been hailed by many as a “true leader”.
Zelenskyy was elected in 2019, but before becoming president of Ukraine he was a successful artist.
Zelenskyy initially earned a law degree from the Kryvyi Rih Institute of Economics, but instead of working in politics or law, he chose the entertainment industry. In 2010, Zelenskyy was one of the best Ukrainian artists, his career being mainly focused on comedy.
In 2003, Zelenskyy’s production company, Kvartal 95, began producing television shows.
The Ukrainian president is best known for a role he landed in 2015, where he actually acted as the president of Ukraine. In “Servant of the people” he played Vasyl Petrovych Holoborodko. The storyline follows a teacher whose rant about politics goes viral and casts him in the role of leader.
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Zelenskyy launched his run for the Ukrainian presidency after the success of “Servant of the People”. The political party he ran under even bears the name of the hit TV series. “Servant of the People”, the political party, was created in 2017 and registered in 2018.
Besides his role in “Servant of the People,” Zelenskyy also voiced the famous Peruvian bear Paddington in the Ukrainian version of “Paddington” and “Paddington 2,” StudioCanal confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
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Before his success with “Paddington” and “Servant of the People”, the former comedian took part in the Ukrainian version of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2006, and the president even won the competition. A clip of Zelenskyy dancing on the show has since gone viral.
Additionally, Zelenskyy earned credits for several productions, including “Servant of the People 2” and “8 First Dates.” In addition to acting and directing, the Ukrainian president has eight credits as a writer, according to IMDb.
Zelenskyy was elected to power in Ukraine in 2019. He promoted his presidential campaign online and went on a comedy tour, during which he mocked his opponents. Zelenskyy won around 72% of the vote, according to the Central Election Commission.
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Russia launched an attack on Ukraine, including Kiev, on Thursday morning.
Zelensky has been on the ground in Ukraine, helping his compatriots fight for survival against Russian invasion.
The UN human rights chief said at least 102 civilians had been killed and hundreds injured so far. Ukraine’s president said at least 16 children were among the dead.
Adam Shaw of Fox News Digital and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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A glimpse into Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s acting career before he entered politics – Reuters