Ania Bukstein is an Israeli actress, singer, voice actress and model. She is best known for her role as Kinvara in the HBO series Game of Thrones.
Bukstein was born in Moscow to a Jewish family. Her mother is a speech-language pathologist and her father is an oncologist. Her family immigrated to Israel when she was eight. As a teenager, she attended Telma Yalin Arts High School in Givatayim, Israel. After her high school graduation, she served in the Israeli Air Force.
In 1994, when she was twelve, Bukstein got her first cinematic role and worked alongside Etti Ankri and Shuli Rand and portrayed Anna, the main character in the film Eretz Hadasha (A New Country), a film about a young Holocaust survivor and her difficulties after she moved to Israel in 1950 with her older brother. For her performance on the film she was nominated for an Ophir Award for best actress, she was the youngest actress to be nominated in this category.
In 2003, she appeared in Dover Kosashvili's Matana MiShamayim. In 2005, she co-starred in the Shmuel Hasfari directed film Shoshelet Schwartz, for her performance, she was once again nominated for an Ophir Award for best actress. Later that year, she portrayed Anastasia during the first season of the children's television series Rosh Gadol. In 2006, she portrayed Tamara Vice in the third and fourth season of the musical drama series HaShir Shelanu. In 2007, she starred in Avi Nesher's critically acclaimed film The Secrets as Neomi Hess, a curious religious Jewish teenager who studies at a Midrasha and starts to explore the outside secular world. On 6 September 2007, in the Israeli 'People of the Year Ceremony', she won the 'Woman of The Year In Cinema' award for her performance in The Secrets. That same year, she portrayed Irena Kovlova in the crime drama series The Arbitrator on Hot 3 channel.
In 2008, she appeared on Israeli comedy television series Kapiot (Spoons) on Channel 2. In 2010, she portrayed Adi in the first Israeli horror film Kalevet (Rabies), and later appeared on sitcom Naor's Friends. In 2014, she portrayed Silvy in the comedy series Amamiot. Later that year, she co-starred in False Flag and portrayed Asia Brinditch, an Israeli kindergarten teacher who is implicated together with 4 other Israeli citizens in a high profile kidnapping that is covered by the media all over the world.
In 1998, she appeared in a children's play Tzav Tzav HaMelech (King Turtle Turtle). In 2002, she starred in Leah Goldberg written play Baalat HaArmon (The Palace Owner). In 2005, she played in the drama play Milhama (War) at Habima Theatre, for her performance in the play she won the Israeli Theater Award for 'Most Promising Actress of The Year'. In the Hanukkah holiday of 2007, she played in the musical Narnia at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. In 2008, she played in the musical Oliver! at the Beit Lessin Theater. In 2010, she portrayed Hayyah in Joshua Sobol's play Ghetto at the Cameri Theater. She starred as Maria von Trapp in the 2013 Israeli version of the musical The Sound of Music at Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.
In 1994, she voiced Marie in the Hebrew version of the 1970 film The Aristocats. In 2002, she voiced Jane in the Hebrew version of Return to Never Land. From 2003 to 2006 she voiced Clover in Totally Spies! on Disney Channel Israel. She voiced Susan Pevensie in the Hebrew version of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005 and Princess Selenia in the Hebrew version of Arthur and the Invisibles (2006).
Bukstein married Israeli real estate developer Dotan Vainer in 2013.
In 2016, she portrayed Kinvara in the sixth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones.