Maria Smolnikova was born in the city of Sverdlovsk (nowadays Yekaterinburg) on December 17, 1987.
Maria spent her early years performing in the Theater of Youth in Nizhny Novgorod. She then entered the Russian University of Theatrical Arts (GITIS), in the experimental course under the joint direction of Evgeny Kamenkovich and Dmitry Krymov. She graduated from GITIS in 2011. She now works in the School of Dramatic Art with the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory. Ms. Smolnikova starred in the film version of the novel Stalingrad (2013). Other notable film and television work: her multiple award-winning performance in Daughter (2012), God Has Plans (2012), Melisende (2012), and Kuprin (2014). Currently Ms Smolnikova is studying direction at the GITIS post-graduate course and teaches an acting class in the course of Evgeny Kamenkovich and Dmitry Krymov.
She gained universal acclaim and fame with her role in Fyodor Bondarchuk's movie Stalingrad (2013).
God has Plans (2012)
Kuprin (TV series) (2014)
Fort Ross: Looking for Aventures (2014)
No Witnesses (2015)
Natalya Gundareva Prize to the Best Actress in the Audience Choice Contest at the 10th Moscow National Film Festival for the leading female role in the feature film The Daughter (2012)
Best Actress Prize at the 10th all-Russian film festival Long Live Cinema of Russia! in St. Petersburg for her role in the feature film The Daughter (2012).
The International Stanislavsky Prize for her performance as Lyudmila in “O-i. Late love” (in the category “Most Promising” (2015)
Golden Mask in the nomination The Best Actress for her role in the stage play "O-y. Late Love" (2016)
Note of Acknowledgement from the Mayor of Moscow (2017)