In 2005 she graduated from the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, the course M. Borisov.
Svetlana briefly worked for a modeling agency. She is also known for her roles in box office films Love in the City (2009), its sequel, Love in the City 2 (2010) and Office Romance. Our Time (2011). She starred in the television series Lavrova"s Method (2011), and appeared as Irina in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Svetlana presented together with American colleagues at the Venice Festival.
She co-starred with Hugh Jackman in the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine as Viper, one of the film"s antagonists.