Sofia Boutella

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Sofia Boutella

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Sofia Boutella
Sofia Boutella SDCC 2014.jpg

Boutella at the 2014 Comic-Con International
Born (1982-04-03) April 3, 1982 (age 34)
Bab El Oued, Algiers, Algeria
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Algerian, French
Education Canisius High School
Occupation Dancer, model, actress
Years active 1998–present
Known for Nike advertisements and touring with Madonna as a dancer

Sofia Boutella (born April 3, 1982) is an AlgerianFrench dancer, actress and musician, known mainly for hip-hop and street dance, and for Nike Women’s advertising campaigns. Boutella is known for starring as Eva in StreetDance 2 (2012), Ara in Monsters: Dark Continent (2014), Gazelle in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015), and an alien warrior named Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond (2016). She will be playing the title role in Universal’s reboot of The Mummy (2017).[1]

Early life[edit]

Boutella was born in the Bab El Oued district of Algiers, the daughter of jazz musician Safy Boutella and an architect mother.[2] She started classical dance education at the age of 5, and at the age of 10 in 1992, she left Algeria with her family, and moved to France, where she started rhythmic gymnastics, and joined the French national team at age 18.[3]


Boutella took up hip hop and street dance, and was part of a group called the Vagabond Crew, which won the Battle of the Year in 2006. She also participated in a group called “Chienne de Vie and Aphrodites” created by Momo from the Vagabond Crew. Sofia is a graduate of Berklee College of Music.[citation needed]

Boutella had been rehearsing since age 17 with choreographer Blanca Li. She has danced in several film and television appearances, as well as commercials and concert tours.[3][4]

Her breakthrough arrived in 2007, when she was picked for the Jamie King choreography for Nike, as a role model of femininity and hip hop.[4] This was a major boost in her career and led to more work alongside stars like Madonna, in her Confessions Tour, and Rihanna.[3][4]

Boutella auditioned for the Michael Jackson This Is It concerts but, although successful, could not attend due to the extension of the Madonna tour whose dates coincided with the Jackson residency.[5] In February 2011, she was the main character in the music video for “Hollywood Tonight” by Michael Jackson.[6][7]

Boutella played the lead character Eva in the drama film StreetDance 2,[8] the sequel to StreetDance 3D, and co-starred in Kingsman: The Secret Service.[9] She appeared as the alien warrior Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond, released on July 22, 2016.[10]

Her influences include Fred Astaire, Karim Barouche, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Daniel Day-Lewis and Bob Fosse.[11]

Music videos[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Le Défi [12]
2004 Les Cordier, juge et flic Maya “Temps mort” Season 12, Episode 5[14]
2005 Permis D’Aimer Lila [12]
2006 Azur et Asmar La Fée des elfes Voice[14]
2006 Megatánc (Megadance) [15][16]
2007 Supermodelo
2010 Dancing with the Stars Macy’s Stars of Dance” Episode #11.4[citation needed]
2012 StreetDance 2 Eva [17]
2014 Monsters: Dark Continent Ara [18]
2015 Kingsman: The Secret Service Gazelle [19]
2016 Star Trek Beyond Jaylah [10][20]
2016 Tiger Raid Shadha Post-production[citation needed]
2016 Jet Trash Vix Post-production[citation needed]
2017 The Coldest City Post-production[citation needed]
2017 The Mummy The Mummy Post-production

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