Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg
April 1, 1983
From ages six to nine Lazarev went in for artistic gymnastics. Lazarev began his acting and singing career before the age of 10, singing in the Lokteus Children Choir. At the age of 14, he had already received his first musical award, won several children’s song contests, and ended up as a member of child group Neposedi, the same group in which Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina of t.A.T.u. met each other.
When he was eleven, he sang in the Pokrovsky Theatre, had parts in many plays.
In 2000, Lazarev entered Moscow’s MKHAT Theatre School and graduated in 2004 as a professional actor. As a student, Lazarev played the main parts in Pushkinski Theatre’s productions of Romeo and Juliet, and Karamazov. For his role as Romeo, he was nominated for a «Seagull» dramatic debut award for the «Best Love Scene». In 2005 he returned to the theatre scene. His part in the 2005 Broadway-style musical comedy Lend Me A Tenor brought him five professional theater awards, making the play the biggest success of the 2005 theatre season.
Lazarev’s music career blossomed when he became part of Smash!! — a Russian pop duo formed in 2000 by Lazarev and Vlad Topalov. On December 1, 2004 Smash!! released the second album, 2Nite. The band split up only one week after the release, resulting both Lazarev and Topalov pursuing solo careers.
Together with British producer Brian Rawling, Lazarev recorded most of the songs for his solo debut Don’t Be Fake that was released in November 2005 and sold more than 300,000 copies in Russia alone. In May 2006 Lazarev received Russia’s national Music TV Channel’s MUZ TV award as Best New Act.
In 2008, he tried to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song «Flyer», it came in fourth place, losing to Russian pop star Dima Bilan.