Bulgarian actor and director Ivaylo Hristov was born on December 10, 1955, Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the department of acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. Then he worked at the Sliven drama theatre "Stefan Kirov". Since 1985 he worked as an actor at the Theatre of Bulgarian Army in Sofia. He has more than 50 roles in theatre, and more than twenty in feature films to his credit, directed stage productions "Accidental Death of an Anarchist", "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Graduate" etc.
Since 1992 prof. d-r Ivaylo Hristov teaches acting at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia , Bulgaria. In 1988 he played the main role in Georgi Djulgerov's film "AcaDaMuS". He was a co-writer of the screenplay of this picture. His first feature "Emigrants" (2003), which he directed together with Lyudmil Todorov, won several national awards and participated in many film festivals. "Footsteps in the Sand"(2010) participated in the competition of the 32 MIFF. He is an author of the book - "The actor in cinema". One of the founders of the prestigious Bulgarian theatre awards, Askeer. Five years after the release of Footsteps in the Sand, actor/director/screenwriter Ivaylo Hristov directed "Losers", an endearing coming-of-age story shot in black and white by Bulgaria's most revered cinematographer, Emil Christov. Ivaylo Hristov won the Golden George at the Moscow International Film Festival with "Losers".