One small step for man, one giant leap for Alex Sparrow! Russia’s Eurovision 2011 representative has landed a recurring role in the new Netflix comedy series Space Force.

Space Force stars Steve Carrell as Mark Naird, a four-star general in the US Air Force who is appointed as Chief of Operations of the US Space Force – a new interstellar division of the military. Alongside Carrell and other Hollywood greats such as Jane Lynch, John Malkovich and Lisa Kudrow, Alex stars as Captain Yuri “Bobby” Telatovich, an officer in the Russian Air Force.

Throughout the series, Bobby is seen to be dating Erin, Mark’s daughter, played by Diana Silvers. Hilarity ensues from the moment the two first appear together, as they struggle through cultural barriers and general romantic awkwardness.

Space Force has had a very successful launch, scoring 77% with viewers on review site Rotten Tomatoes and reaching the top 3 most streamed worldwide on Netflix.  Sparrow posted a photo to Instagram with co-star Steve Carrell, celebrating the ‘great lift off’ of the series.

The series is inspired by the real-life initiative from the Trump administration, which has frequently been mocked at home and abroad.

This may be one of Sparrow’s biggest roles to date. Though we know him as a musician, the Russian superstar is no stranger to acting. He also appeared as the ballet dancer Alexi Petrov in Lifetime and Hulu’s Unreal, a drama series that parodies reality television and sees producers manipulate contestants to create outrageous drama.

Under his real name Alexey Vorobyov, Sparrow represented Russia at the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf with the song “Get You”, finishing in 16th place in the Grand Final. He proved to be popular with the viewing public, achieving 7th place in the televote. However, juries seemed less keen, ranking him 25th.

Alex is known for his cheeky personality and quirky music videos. His latest release “Let’s Stay Home Tonight” pokes fun at the current coronavirus lockdown procedures. The music video features a duo (and their corgi) going out to explore the abandoned streets with hazmat suits on. However, in the end it’s revealed that they were actually doing all of this through virtual reality, and so no lockdown laws were in fact broken.

What do you think of Space Force? Would you like to see Alex Sparrow return to the Eurovision stage? Let us know in the comments below!

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TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
5 months ago

He was better in “UnReal” than during his ESC performance, so kudos for securing another job in anticipated TV series.

Fatima
Fatima
5 months ago

Jane Lynch and Lisa Kudrow, stop this now and re-make The Golden Girls. Jane could be Dorothy and Lisa Rose. Melissa Peterman for Blanche. I haven’t cast Sophia yet.

Asaf Rokni
Asaf Rokni
5 months ago

OMG I watched UnReal and did not know he’s the same guy who sang for Russia in 2011. This is insane!

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
5 months ago

I would like to see him in more movies and shows like this. I once watched a horror movie called The Vatican Tapes and apparently, he’s also there.

Efraim
Efraim
5 months ago

Happy for Alex, but for the most part (and by that I mean ‘almost everything not involving John Malkovich’), the show’s a trainwreck. So much wasted potential.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
5 months ago

Great for Alex (didn’t realise it was him, thanks Oliver). He looks so happy in the photo, that’s nice. Shame the show really sucks though. The ‘comedy’ is pretty lacking, and a lot of the jokes are so laboured and unsubtle, they go to great pains to make everything plainly obvious for the audience. John Malkovich, who I do like, seems to be playing some version of a generic John Malkovich character. Too many of the other characters are far too similar in their traits and tone. Jane Lynch and Lisa Kudrow are wasted. The show is definitely not the… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

Sadly I agree with your take on it. On paper, Space Force sounds like it should be comedy gold, but despite the stellar cast, the writing just falls flat. It feels like it would have worked better as movie, with a tighter plot, rather than its meandering episodes.

HArpyDarper
HArpyDarper
5 months ago
Reply to  Jimmy Smit

I’ve seen the hype about this show, and I believe one of the writers/creators of Parks and Rec is involved? That is one my all time favorite shows! An extra shame if this show is mediocre.
It’s a good opportunity for Alex nevertheless, I should check out some of his back catalog.