Irina Derevko, also known as Laura Bristow and The Man, was a former KGB operative tasked at the age of eighteen with serving her country by marrying CIA agent Jack Bristow. Her deep cover operation left her with a daughter, Sydney Bristow, shortly after the birth of whom Irina disappeared by faking her own death.
Irina was an ardent follower of the 15th century prophet Milo Rambaldi, the faith of whom triggered most of her actions throughout her adult life. Her faith in Rambaldi, however, led to her ultimate downfall, when she was given the choice between retrieving The Horizon (a Rambaldi artifact) or being saved by Sydney. She chose the former, and plunged through a skylight to her death.
Personal Information Edit
- Known Aliases: Laura Bristow, "The Man"
- Languages: English, Russian, Malay
- Education: University Of Moscow
- Siblings: Elena Derevko (deceased), Yekaterina Derevko
- Spouse: Jack Bristow (ex-husband) (deceased)
- Children: Sydney Bristow, Nadia Santos (deceased)
- Grandchildren: Isabelle Vaughn, Jack Vaughn
"The Man" Edit
Before Season 1 Edit
Irina Derevko was born one of three sisters - Elena & Yekaterina. She was recruited at the age of 18 by the KGB, and later appointed to work as a long-term spy within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). To achieve this, she was assigned to gain the trust of a low-level CIA agent - Jack Bristow - in order to steal information from him, specifically regarding Project Christmas. Under the alias "Laura", a professor of English Literature, they married, and she became his confidant. In order to seal Jack's allegiance to her, the KGB demanded that she bear him a child. She gave him Sydney.
In late 1981, when Sydney was just six, Derevko faked her own death - a car crash off a bridge. She returned to Russia, where she spent time in a KGB facility as a suspected traitor. Her whereabouts, however, by the intelligence community at large were mostly unknown until the end of season one.
Season 1 Edit
Irina reveals herself at the end of season one, as not only being alive, but also as the elusive and mysterious leader (of a criminal organisation) known solely up to this point as "The Man". (Almost Thirty Years).
As a CIA walk-in Edit
Season 2 Edit
Irina acts as a CIA informant, while she is in the custody of the CIA. Sydney visits her mother often, although reluctant at first, to ask for information regarding her missions that deal with Rambaldi artifcats.
Supposed death Edit
Jack was given permission from his superiors to execute her, which Sydney discovered in a document given to her by Lauren Reed before her death (Resurrection). 18 months before Season 4, at the British Embassy in Vienna, Jack was sent to kill her. He asked to meet with her privately, and told her that she had broken his heart. She brushed it off, saying "that was another lifetime. I won't do it again." They kissed, and Irina tried to leave. Jack refused to let her, asking what it was like to order a hit on her own daughter. Irina said that he was not supposed to find out, and Jack shot her, dead. Little did he realise that it was, in fact, a doppelgänger that he had shot and the real Irina was still alive (Search And Rescue).
The real Irina was in Prague under the captivity of her sister, Elena (Search And Rescue). Elena took her hostage after Irina found the Rambaldi manuscript "Il Diluvio" when she knew Elena was looking for it. She destroyed it after seeing its contents, but Elena was determined to find out what it said, so she kidnapped and tortured Irina, giving her minimal food and water, and no human contact. She was eventually moved to a medical facility and injected with drugs that caused "excruciating" pain. Irina could no longer hold out against the torture, and told her everything. She then helped her to build the Mueller device (Search And Rescue).
Season 4 Edit
Jack later admitted that he conducted the assassination of Irina himself (Another Mister Sloane). After Sydney discovered this, she found Irina's body in a Moscow medical facility and arranged for a burial in a nearby crypt (Prophet 5).
However Jack learnt that the person he had shot was nothing more than a doppelgänger of Irina. Utilizing Project Helix, Elena created a double of Irina, then set up a hit on Sydney, sparking the events that led to the double's execution - to ultimately lead the intelligence/criminal world to believe that she was dead. The double was described as being an ardent follower of Elena Derevko, and fully aware of the fact that she was being set up to die (Search And Rescue).
The real Irina, however, was imprisoned by Elena, and tortured for her knowledge of Rambaldi. She was kept for eighteenth months in Prague, but moved to a remote location in Guatemala - Tikal. Sydney, Jack and Nadia located her through Lucian Nisard, and saved her from Elena's guards. Irina was buried underground and they found her. During their escape the three triggered a tripwire. The guards were alerted but they managed to escape (Search And Rescue).
On the plane home, Sydney informed Irina about what Elena and Sloane were doing in Sovogda with the Mueller device. She apologised for not finding her sooner, then tried to hold her arm. Irina flinched at the human contact. She told Sydney about "Il Diluvio", and said that they needed to go to Sovogda to stop what was happening (as Irina was capable of stopping a Mueller device). Jack said it was too late for that city, but she insisted that Elena and Sloane would move onto another city unless they stopped them now. Jack agreed, and Irina left to clean up. Before doing so she walked past Nadia - still not knowing that she was her daughter. Nadia gave her some clothes she brought from the CIA lockup, and at that moment Irina recognised her. They embraced (Search And Rescue).
After Irina had cleaned up, Jack received a call saying that they had to go back to the United States before heading to Russia, as per official orders from Langley. When they arrived, Irina was arrested. Sydney, however, managed to talk Director Chase into releasing her mother so she could help stop the attack on Sovogda. Her deal with the government was that she would return to CIA custody after helping to stop the Mueller device (Search And Rescue).
They reached the city and interacted with a CIA agent named Brodien who was the only member of his team left alive. He told them about the infection before himself being killed by one of the infected. The team made it into the subway to travel to the epicentre of the Mueller device to shut it down. Irina and Vaughn worked on reactivating the train. While doing so, she told him that he was not as covert as he liked to believe, and that he should tell Sydney "the truth" about his activities (Before The Flood).
Sydney arrived back at the car just as the lights turned on, but they had lost Nadia. She radioed in moments later, saying that she was being attacked by the infected. Sydney tried to save her from the end of the train but the people of Sovogda overpowered her and she was taken. However, moments later Irina told Sydney that her sister was still alive. They pulled into the station by the epicentre of the Mueller device, where they saw Arvin Sloane. Surrounding him were the dead bodies of Elena's men, sent to kill the APO team. Sloane tried to convince them that he was there to stop Elena, but the team did not believe him. Sloane began issuing orders until Jack punched him in the face, knocking him to the floor. Jack said that Sloane was no longer in charge of this team (Before The Flood).
The team were contacted by Marshall and Weiss who said that Elena was trying to uplink a subaudible frequency to the Russian mil-sat network to distribute the infection world-wide. The second that the bombers were scheduled to destroy Sovogda, the frequency would be broadcast causing the effects of Sovogda to occur worldwide. Weiss told them that they had around forty minutes to stop Elena. Marshall sent them building blueprints, but they realised that Elena would have every exit guarded. Jack told Sloane that he would help them get in, or he would shoot him. Sloane said it was possible to get to the roof, but stopping the device would be less easy. Irina explained that she could shut down the device by stopping the ionisation, and the only result would be the impact of the water (Before The Flood).
They got to Elena and Irina knocked her to the floor with her gun. Sloane put Elena in a chair and Jack and Vaughn went to the computers to stop the mil-sat network from uploading the frequency. However, they could not retract the transmission. Elena told them that she had planned the attack for five years; it would not be that simple to stop her. Suddenly, Irina noticed Sloane was missing. She checked with Vaughn, who also said that he could not see him. She sent Vaughn to the roof to find him. Sydney managed to get into the main circuit board, but found a blue and a white wire. Irina did not know which to cut, and she asked Elena. When she refused to answer, she told Jack to start torturing her. Before he could do so, Elena told him to stop, and said to cut the white wire. Irina immediately shot Elena, and told Sydney to cut the blue, other wire. She began to disarm the device but just before she could, Nadia began to choke her with the wire Sydney had chained her up with. As Sydney was about to die, Sloane arrived on the roof and shot Nadia. Vaughn arrived and, with Sloane, took Nadia into the elevator as Sydney cut the blue wire. They all got to a safe location before they drowned in the mass amounts of water that the Mueller device collapsed into (Before The Flood).
As Vaughn requested an evac from U.S. air support, Jack told Irina to leave. He said she could reach the border by daybreak, and told her that he would tell the CIA that "no one can hold on to Irina Derevko for too long." She smiled and they kissed. Irina then went to see Sydney and told her to take care of her sister. She said that Sydney had fulfilled her prophecy to "overcome the greatest evil" as Irina had said she would three years before. Irina then said that although she would not see her, Irina would be watching on her wedding day. She then left (Before The Flood).
Further following of Rambaldi Edit
Season 5 Edit
Irina began working for Prophet 5, a coalition of great global societal powers, interested in immortality through Rambaldi. She oversaw the forced memory regression session with Sydney - where Sydney supposedly revealed the location of The Horizon. However, aware that she was tricked, Sydney lied about the location (source needed).
Having been duped about the true location of the Horizon, Irina returned to her daughter, but this time not as an enemy, but as a mother. She was able to determine the location of the artifact through a conversation with Sydney and Jack - where she offered her assistance in retrieving it (There's Only One Sydney Bristow). She was unable to separate herself from Jack, however, and was forced to take both Jack and Sydney with her to the bank (the artifact's location) (source needed).
Irina traded The Horizon for 2 ICBMs with Arvin Sloane, and a guarantee of being able to become immortal at Sloan's side. The missiles were intended to be launched against two largely populated cities (Irina requested Washington DC and London) and since seizing all of Prophet 5's twelve members assets and companies would profit greatly on the reconstruction involving building, healthcare, insurance and labour making billions. Sydney found out and went to stop her. They had an extended fight and Sydney got the better hand. Irina dropped The Horizon and reached across a glass ceiling to get it. The ceiling broke and Irina fell to her death (All The Time In The World).
Additional casting Edit
Besides Lena Olin, several other actresses portrayed Irina in the course of the series:
- Arabella Holzbog portrayed Irina/Laura Bristow in a photograph Sydney kept
- Kate Anthony was the voice of Irina Derevko in the video clip shown in "Snowman"
- Natasha Pavlovich is the woman actually seen as Irina Derevko in that video clip.
- April Webster played Irina when she walks up to Sydney at the end of "Almost 30 Years"
- Mia Maestro portrayed Irina/Laura in a photograph seen in "Ice"