Svetlana was born in Moscow. After high school, she enrolled at the Institute of Economics, until she left to pursue an acting career, and began training at the Higher Theatre School. Whilst in her first year there, she was cast in the lead role of the feature film “Bless the Woman”, by acclaimed Russian director Stanislav Govorukhin, and based on the novel by Irina Grekova. The movie was immensely popular, and she earned a Nika Award (Russia’s Academy Awards) for her performance. Ever since, she has remained one of Russia’s busiest actresses, starring in international projects such as “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, and “The Wolverine”.