Alexei, portrayed by Alec Utgoff, is a recurring character in the third season of Stranger Things. He was a Russian scientist who was forced into working on the Key beneath the Starcourt Mall. Alexei has no fluency in English and can only speak Russian.
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After Alexei’s co-worker failed to get the Key to work he was executed by Grigori, Alexei and a fellow scientist were then given one year to have the Key work properly.
Alexei communicates with the other characters with the help of Murray, who is fluent in Russian. Alexei later explained the reason for the secret Soviet presence in Hawkins was because of a device known as the “Key” that he and his colleagues were trying to construct, which they had failed to do Russia on numerous occasions. The “Key” was able to unlock a “doorway between worlds”, Alexei’s way of articulating the concept of a Portal to Murray. Upon this being translated, Hopper, Joyce, and Murray then proceeded to return to Hawkins with Alexei with the intent to close the Russians’ Gate.
Later Alexei, Murray, Jim, and Joyce went to the Fun Fair to search for the kids, Alexei thought he couldn’t go to the Fun Fair because he wasn’t American. Murray said he didn’t have to be American to go in, and they both entered the Fun Fair. Alexei later won one of the carnival games, and he got a Giant, Stuffed Woody Woodpecker. He was later killed by Grigori, a Russian hitman after he attempted to defect to the United States and was briefly left unattended by Bauman.
Alexei had a very childlike personality. During his brief partnership with Hopper, Joyce, and Murray, he was shown to enjoy Slurpees and cartoons (such as Woody Woodpecker and Looney Tunes) and longed to join in the festivities at the Hawkins 4th of July Fun Fair. Alexei was also overjoyed to win a giant stuffed Woody Woodpecker at the fair moments before his death.
Whilst Alexei was mostly friendly to his captors, at times he was shown to have a cunning side, only offering his knowledge of the Russian operations in exchange for things that benefit him, such as his favorite cherry-flavored Slurpees. When he received a different flavor, Alexei refused to help until he got what he wanted.
Being his captor during the search to find out more about the Russian’s plan, Hopper was quite hostile towards Alexei for most of their time together, often manhandling him and occasionally physically assaulting him, as well as mockingly referring to him as “Smirnoff” rather than his actual name. Hopper would also avoid trying to talk to Alexei until they reached the residence of Murray Bauman, often berating Joyce for trying to communicate with him despite the language barrier.
Eventually, the tension between Alexei and Hopper ended with the latter beating Alexei up after he refused to help them over his Slurpee being a different flavor than what he asked for. After this interaction, Alexei was much more cooperative with Hopper and didn’t try and provoke him again.
Joyce remained on friendly terms with Alexei during their time and was more sympathetic towards him than Hopper most of the time. She often tried to communicate with him with sound effects and exaggerated arm movements due to the language barrier, much to the annoyance of Hopper.
Joyce, alongside Murray, defended Alexei when he refused to help due to his Slurpee being strawberry flavored, pointing out that he did indeed request it to be cherry. After his death, Joyce was shown to be shocked and upset and couldn’t bring herself to tell Hopper the news and instead shook her head remorsefully in indication instead.
Out of his three situational allies, Murray is the one whom Alexei grew a bond with the fastest due to him knowing fluent Russian, allowing them to communicate.
They quickly became friends after Alexei revealed his wish to become an American citizen in order to enjoy the luxuries he didn’t have access to in the USSR, to which Murray responded to by telling him he didn’t have to be American to join in the fun and took him to the Fun Fair. He then left Alexei with some tickets and set off to find food, leaving him to freely explore the fair.
After Alexei is shot by Grigori, Murray leaves him to find Hopper and Joyce. Murray is then devastated to return and find that Alexei has died and laments over how he had left for just a minute to get two corn dogs.
Alec Utgoff is a Ukrainian English actor. He was born on 1st March 1986 in Kiev, Soviet Union, modern-day Ukraine. He is known for playing the role of Aleksandr Borovsky in ‘’Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’’ and Alexei in the third season of Stranger Things. His other notable roles include Alexei in San Andreas (2015), Dmitri in Mortdecai (2015) and Yuri/Dimitri in The Wrong Mans (2015).
1st March 1986
Vladimir Utgoff, Roza Utgoff
Utgoff was born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Kiev, Ukraine) to Roza, a musical conductor, and Vladimir, a heart surgeon who is an honored doctor of modern-day Ukraine. In 1997, at the age of 11, he moved to London, England. His brother Alan, an economist, and his parents still live in Kiev. Ethnically he is half Russian, half Ossetian. He is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English.
He is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English.
He is half Russian, half Ossetian.
He’s studied acting in London.
He was born into an Aristocratic Heritage, his parents were forced to change their name after the ‘goneniya’ started by the Bolsheviks.
In 1997, when he was 11 years old, he moved to London, England.
His father’s name is Vladimir who is a heart surgeon, an honored doctor of modern-day Ukraine.
His mother’s name is Roza who is a musical conductor.
He has a brother named brother Alan who is a financier.
His parents were forced to change their name.
He launches his limited edition t-shirt ‘No Cherry No Deal’.
His fame is now increasing by the thanks of Stranger Things.
He knew about Alexei’s death from the beginning.
He has nieces and nephews from his brother, which makes him an uncle and he posts his nieces and nephews on his Instagram and his Twitter.