Oksana Shvets

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Oksana Shvets
Оксана Швець
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Oksana Oleksandrivna Shvets

(1955-02-10)10 February 1955
Died17 March 2022(2022-03-17) (aged 67)
EducationI. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre
OrganizationsKyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre
TitleMerited Artist of Ukraine

Oksana Oleksandrivna Shvets (Ukrainian: Оксана Олександрівна Швець; 10 February 1955 – 17 March 2022) was a Ukrainian actress. She worked for the Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre from its foundation in 1980 until her death, and was awarded the title Merited Artist of Ukraine, one of the highest Ukrainian honours for performing artists, in 1996. She also appeared on stage at the Ternopil Music and Drama Theatre and the Kyiv Theatre of Satire. She played in film and on television, such as in the 2013 Russian-Ukrainian series House with Lilies.


Born in Kyiv, Shvets was a graduate of the theatre studio at the Ivan Franko Theatre in 1975[1][2] and of the faculty of theatre studies of the I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre[3] in 1986.[2] Shvets worked at the Ternopil Music and Drama Theatre [uk], and the Kyiv Theatre of Satire.[4][5] She worked as an ensemble member of the Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre (Young Theatre) from its foundation in 1980 until her death.[4][6] The company lists many of her roles and plays.[1] She played in the 2013 production of Гоголь-могол (Gogol Mogol) by Nikolai Erdman.[2][7]

She appeared as Natasha in Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, directed by O. Uteganov.[2] She performed as Hannah in a 2015 production of Зачарований (Charmed[2][8] or Enchanted), based on the play Talentless [uk] by Ivan Karpenko-Kary [uk].[9] It was directed by Andriy Bilous,[10] the theatre's intendant.[11] Theatre critic Oleg Vergelis [uk] praised her performance, finding complexities in the mother-in-law's character, not just bad temper.[9] In a 2016 production of Поступися місцем! (Make Way!) by Viña Delmar, she played the role of Nemi.[2][8] The play, filmed as Make Way for Tomorrow, and described as a sad comedy, was directed by Dmytro Veselsky.[12][a]

In 1996, her long-time engagement and "outstanding achievement in the performing arts"[1] was honoured with the title Merited Artist of Ukraine, one of the highest Ukrainian awards for performing artists.[13]

While best known for her work on the stage, she played in several films and television series.[13] She appeared in the film Завтра буде завтра (Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow).[14] Her first television series was Nasledniki (Heirs) in 1976, playing a minor role. In 2003, she appeared in an episode of[13] Повернення Мухтара (Mukhtar Returns),[3][14] an action-adventure series in Russian running for almost 20 years.[13] She starred in all eight episodes of the Ukrainian series Таємниця Святого Патріка (The Mystery of Saint Patrick) in 2006.[13][14] In 2013, she appeared in Russian-Ukrainian Дім з ліліями (House with Lilies),[3][14] a TV series about fictional war hero Michail Govorov and his family from World War II to 2013, as the director of an orphanage.[13][15]


On 17 March 2022, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Shvets died in a shelling attack by Russian troops on a Kyiv residential building where she lived.[3][4][6][16]

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  1. ^ Make Way! is possibly the production mentioned in some sources as Get Missed![1]


  1. ^ a b c d Burton, Jamie (18 March 2022). "Ukrainian actress Oksana Shvets killed in Russian rocket attack". Newsweek. Retrieved 21 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Швець Оксана / Раніше зіграні ролі (roles)" (in Ukrainian). Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre . 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Owoseje, Toyin (18 March 2022). "Oksana Shvets, famed Ukrainian actress, killed in Russian missile strike". CNN. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b c "Oksana Shvets death: Ukrainian actor killed in Russian rocket attack, aged 67". The Independent. 17 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ Parsley, Aaron (17 March 2022). "Ukrainian Actress Oksana Shvets Reportedly Killed in Russian Rocket Attack: 'No Forgiveness'". People. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  6. ^ a b Tapp, Tom (17 March 2022). "Revered Ukrainian Actress Oksana Shvets Killed In Russian Rocket Attack". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  7. ^ ВАРВАРИЧ, Олена; СОКОЛАН, Фото Віоли (15 February 2013). ""ГОГОЛЬ-МОГОЛЬ..." уже готовий! (Gogol-Mogol)" (PDF). Культура (Culture) (in Ukrainian). p. 10. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Акторка Оксана Швець загинула під час ракетного обстрілу - театр". tabloid.pravda.com.ua (in Ukrainian). 6 January 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  9. ^ a b БЕСПЕРСТОВА, Ольга (17 March 2022). "Під час удару по столиці загинула відома театральна актриса". Fakty i Kommentarii (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  10. ^ "Зачарований" (in Ukrainian). Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre. 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  11. ^ Kranz, Oliver (17 March 2022). "Treffen der European Theatre Convention in Kiew / Aufbruchstimmung trotz Krieg". nachtkritik.de (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Швець Оксана / Раніше зіграні ролі (roles)" (in Ukrainian). Kyiv National Academic Molodyy Theatre. 2021. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  13. ^ a b c d e f Cooke, Bruno (18 March 2022). "Oksana Shvets movies to watch in her honour as Ukrainian actress dies in Kyiv". Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  14. ^ a b c d Малай, К. (17 March 2022). "У Києві під час ракетного обстрілу загинула заслужена артистка України Оксана Швець". news.obozrevatel.com. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  15. ^ House with the lilies - season 1 yourlibrary.bibliocommons.com
  16. ^ "В Киеве во время ракетного обстрела погибла заслуженная артистка Украины Оксана Швец" (in Russian). ukrinform.ru. Retrieved 18 March 2022.

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