FILM: Vera has worked with prolific director Michael Winterbottom and Oscar-nominated Steve Coogan on their latest feature The Look of Love. She starred as a lead alongside another Bafta-winning comedy duo James Corden and Matthew Horne in a spoof comedy horror Lesbian Vampire Killers. She's also worked with Alfonso Cuaron.
TV: Vera's most famous TV role is alongside BAFTA-winning David Mitchell and Robert Webb in a cult comedy Peep Show (Series 6), written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Fresh Meat, The Thick of It, Four Lions), where she plays one of the main regular characters - Elena, a bisexual dope-dealing musician girlfriend of the main character Jeremy. Recently Vera portayed Inca, "at once trophy, temptress and tyrant", in a BBC1 new comedy Me and Mrs Jones, also starring Robert Sheehan, Sarah Alexander and Neil Morrissey . She played a regular part of a computational physicist Svetlana in BBC drama The Deep, alongside Oscar-nominated Minnie Driver, Golden Globe nominee James Nesbitt, and ER star Goran Visnjic. Vera played small parts in Poirot and Spooks, working alongside top British actors David Suchet, Deborah Findlay, Rupert Penry Jones and Hermione Norris.
THEATRE: Vera's self-produced one-woman performance based on Dostoevsky's first novel Nameless Nobody, directed by multi-award-winning St.Petersburg partnership Alexander Markov and Valentina Beletskaya, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to five-star reviews, was a sell-out success at the New End Theatre in London and won St.Petersburg Independent Theatre Festival. Recently Vera produced a screen version of Nameless Nobody, which was filmed in Dovzhenko Film Studios and shown on several cultural TV channels in Russia and Ukraine. Vera played the parts of Pope Joan and Jeannine in Top Girls at the Royal Court Theatre. Theatre reviews can be read here.
WRITING/DIRECTING: Vera has written, directed and produced a short film A Map of the World, that can be watched here.
COMMERCIALS: Vera appeared in a new soft drink ad ZEO, which can be viewed here.
OTHER INTERESTS: Vera continuously reads Literature (especially Russian and European) and studies Philosophy and Psychology - she now holds a Masters in Philosophy (2:1) from LSE and a Foundation Diploma in Psychotherapy from New School of Psychotherapy, which she completed during her two pregnancies. She hopes to use the aquired knowledge in her future writing. She's also passionate about Art and Music.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Vera did her GCSEs and A-levels at Brighton College and then moved up to London to do a degree in Philosophy & Economics at the London School of Economics. Following her passion for film and theatre, she trained as an actress at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and upon graduation was signed up by Curtis Brown, where she is now represented by the Director of Curtis Brown and the Head of Acting Sarah Spear and Grace Clissold.