Honored Artist of Russia (2015). The daughter of the famous actor Vsevolod Safonov (1926-1992) and the director of "Mosfilm" Valeria Rublevoy. After school, she worked as a librarian for two years, and then entered the acting faculty of VGIK. But after studying there for two years, she returned to Leningrad, where she continued her studies at the Institute of Theater, Music and Cinematography (now the St. Petersburg State Academy of Theater Arts). After graduating in 1981, LGITMiKa worked for one season in the Vera Komissarzhevskaya Theater. She made her debut as a film with the role of Lyuba in the film “Looking for my fate” (1974). The image of the singer Salome Krushelnitskaya in the film “The Return of the Butterfly” (1982, dir. Oleg Fialko) became the application of the Safonova actor's theme: a strong woman in a situation of choice between personal happiness and emancipated existence. However, the role of Olga in “Winter Cherry” (1985, dir. Igor Maslennikov) earned Yelena truly national recognition. This film brought widespread popularity and recognition of art colleagues. In 1985 she was named the best actress of the year, in 1986 she received awards for the best performance of a female role at film festivals in Madrid and in Alma-Ata.