Grandmother and grandfather - the actors Adolf Ilyin and Nelli Ilyin-Gutsol. Uncle is a popular film actor Vladimir Ilyin. At the age of six, he first appeared on the stage of the Mayakovsky Theater - together with his grandfather he played in the play “Lizard”. In the movie he made his debut at the age of fifteen in the series "Trifles of Life". After the 9th grade, he moved from the ordinary to theatrical school. After graduating from school, he entered the Schukinsky Theater School. He served in the theater of the Russian Army.