Ilia was born in Kiev, Ukraine where he lived for the first half of his life. He is a graduate of Moscow Art Theatre School and a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. In Hollywood, Ilia has appeared in over 170 films and television shows, including two films currently in pre-production: The Palace, directed by Roman Polanski, and Paramount’s Self-Reliance, a film by Jake Johnson. Recent television credits include a five-episode arc in the new HBO miniseries Full Circle, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and recurring roles on Apple TV’s The Morning Show and BET’s Diarra from Detroit. Last October, Ilia received the NOHO Cinefest “Best Actor” award for his portrayal of Dark in the independent feature Balloon Animal. Theater credits include The Orchard at the Baryshnikov Art Center opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jessica Hecht, and The Revisionist by Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.