Born in 1968 in the old Siberian town of Tomsk, Lesnikova spent her childhood in Ukraine and followed in her parents’ footsteps as a stage and film actor. Since graduating from the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music and Film (LGITMiK) in 1989, she has been one of the leading actresses of the Molodezhny (Youth) Theater on the Fontanka, starring onstage in Nina Sadur’s Moon Wolves, Oliver Goldsmith’s The Mistakes of a Night, Yukio Mishima’s Madame de Sade, Euripides’s Medea, Jean Anouilh’s The Lark, and other productions. Lesnikova holds the title “Honored Artist of Russia.”

(since 2003 sometimes credited as Darya Yurgens)
2005 Italianetz (The Italian)
2005 Morskie D’iavoly 1 & 2 (Sea Devils 1 & 2) - TV miniseries
2005 Banditskij Peterburg (Bandits’ Petersburg) ­ TV miniseries
2002 Krot (Mole) ­ TV miniseries
2002 Peizazh s Ubiistvom (Landscape with Murder) ­ TV miniseries
2002 Ulitsy Razbitykh Fonarei (Streets of Broken Streetlights) ­ TV miniseries
2001 Dom Nadezhdy (House of Hope) ­ TV miniseries
2001 Agentstvo NLS (The NLS Agency) ­ TV miniseries
2000 Brat 2 (Brother 2)
1998 Pro Urodov i Liudei (Of Freaks and Men)