Anya Monzikova is a Russian model turned actress. She is most famous for her roles in films such as "Surrogates" and "Iron Man 2," but may still be known best as Briefcase Model #10 on NBC's "Deal or No Deal."
Anya Monzikova was born in Vologda, Russia on August 25, 1984, raised for many years by her single mother Natalia. However, she moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida at age 8 after her mother married an American tourist after the two met in Moscow.
From a very young age, Anya loved to perform. She tried everything from dance classes to modeling school to performing in her high school's theater group, which she ended up liking most. The craft of acting eventually became something she wanted to home even more, so by the time she graduated, she decided to make a trip out to Hollywood to test the waters. As it turned out, she was quickly able to book a role in a television pilot, and decided to move to Los Angeles permanently.
After landing her role as one of the briefcase models on the NBC game show "Deal or No Deal," Anya used the exposure to start booking guest roles on TV series by 2007. Soon she had played characters on everything from "Medium" to "CSI: Miami" (as well as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" a year later). To top that off, she's played minor roles in major motion pictures such as "Tropic Thunder," "Surrogates," and "Iron Man 2" on top of it. By 2012, Anya was playing her first recurring role on "Melissa & Joey," and was cast as a series regular on "Aspen" the very same year. It's safe to say that her career has only begun to catch fire, and we surely burn bright for years to come.