Bayra Bela

Bayartsetseg Altangerel, (known as Bayra Bela – Miss Mongolia, actor, producer) was born and raised in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, during the fall of the Soviet Union. The daughter of a university professor and an engineer, she began a promising career in business and marketing. At the age of 24, however, she left her career behind to pursue her dream of being an actress in the United States.

After being selected to represent Mongolia at the Miss International pageant in 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, Bayra Bela was cast in the Netflix series ‘Marco Polo’, which received critical acclaim. She returned to international screens again as a co-star opposite Steven Seagal, in his latest action film ‘Attrition’. Bayra Bela has also starred as a leading actress in a number of films in her home country of Mongolia. In 2019, she won the “Best Actress Award” at the 41st International Women Filmmakers Festival in Florence, Italy for her role for Blue Destiny. Bayra Bela has more than ten years of experience in modeling and has represented Mongolia at world-leading beauty pageants as Miss International 2014 and Miss Earth 2015 (where she placed in the Top 16 and was third in medal tally). Bayra Bela reached historic success for her country in 2016, finishing in the Top 11 finalists and winning both the Miss Talent and People’s Choice Awards at the Miss World pageant in Washington D.C.

Bayra Bela is also a dedicated leader for social and ecological causes in Mongolia and on the international stage. Following her ten years of volunteer work with Mongolia’s “My Club” eco-community, who planted over one million trees across the country to combat global climate change, she was chosen as UN REDD+ Eco Ambassador to Mongolia in 2017. The same year, she was also selected as an Eco Ambassador for Ulaanbaatar City.

Bayra Bela strives hard to promote Mongolian culture and film to the international community, as both a producer and actress. In 2019, she initiated and organized the “Hollywood in Mongolia” First International Film Artists Festival in Ulaanbaatar under the auspices of the President of Mongolia. In an effort to bring international best practices in film to her young nation, she published the first official Mongolian translation of “The Power of the Actor” by Ivana Chubbuck, one of the world’s leading acting coaches.

She is currently studying her Masters in Acting for Screen at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, as a recipient of the Chevening Fellowship.

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