Olga, Tatiana and Maria Nikolaevna Romanov
Appearance(s) Anastasia
Age 14, 12 and 10 (when they died)
Song(s) N/A
Voice actor(s)
Singing voice actor(s) N/A
Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana and Maria Nikolaevna Romanov were the older sisters to Anastasia and Alexei Romanov and older daughters to Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.


Like Anastasia; Olga, Tatiana and Maria shared the same traits: fair skin, auburn hair, thick eyebrows and light blue Romanov eyes with naturally groomed eyelashes.

The only difference out of the girls are that all three shared different hairstyles: Olga has a ponytail, Tatiana's hair is shorter and styled-cut in an elegant way and Maria has her hair tide at sides and layed over her shoulders. It's interesting to mention that Maria's hair color is the brightest one compared to her sisters, while Olga's and Tatiana's hair color are not as red as Anastasia's one. However Tatiana's hair color is darker than Olga's. Also, in the movie is seen that Tatiana stands out from Olga and Maria for being the tallest one (as seen in the final scene of "Once Upon a December").

During their brief appearance in the intro, despite being 14, 12 and 10 years old, all three sisters look older and more mature compared to their 8 year old sister, symbolizing being her elder sisters, as well as historically known to look their age whilst Anastasia always appeared to be younger than her age due to her short height and child-like face. Many portrayals of the trio are known to distinguish themselves from their youngest sister.



(Left to right): Maria, Olga and Tatiana.

Their personalities are not well defined, since they rarely appeared in the movie and hardly spoke. However, in the scene in which all the three surrounded Anastasia during "Once Upon a December", we can see they were fond of their sister, Anastasia, since they came to her (as if they wanted to greet), and stood a moment with her (before they were taken out to dance). At the time they were with Anastasia, they were happily surrounding her, meanwhile Maria gave her a pearl necklace, indicating as if she would have wanted to join Anastasia to the ball with them.

Later on, they're seen in Anastasia's dream (later nightmare). Even though it's known that the dream was just one of Rasputin's traps in order to kill Anastasia, we can analyze that Olga, Tatiana and Maria were once playful with each other, since they were waving happily to Anastasia, before they'd jump to the pool with their father. Further in the film, we could tell that Olga was a teasing person as told by Anastasia to Marie, since she criticized Anastasia's old drawing by saying that it looked like a pig riding a donkey (which in real life, she did say that, but to their father).

History/Background & Role in the filmEdit

Olga was the oldest sister, Tatiana was the second oldest and Maria was the third oldest.

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Olga, Tatiana and Maria as children.

They, along with their father, mother and brother were assassinated by the Bolsheviks.

Though they are not one of the main characters, they are shown in a few scenes in the film. One scene was in the prologue of the movie, which was when young Anastasia was running the stairs to share a picture of Olga to her grandmother.

Later, they appear when Anastasia is singing "Once Upon a December" and Olga, Tatiana and Maria appear as ghosts along with the rest of the other Romanov line on the dance floor, surrounding Anastasia. Then, they're all three briefly seen in a family portrait. Finally, they appear again in Anastasia's dream where they wave at Anastasia and Alexei before and after Alexei jump into the water to join their father. Later, Olga was mentioned briefly by Anastasia after Marie showed her an old picture made by her (Anastasia).


  • According to the film, Anastasia was eight years old rather than seventeen at the time of the revolution. In addition, the film also states that the revolution occurred in 1916 as opposed to 1917. This implies that Olga, who was six years older than Anastasia, died at the age of 14 instead of 22; that Tatiana, who was four years older than Anastasia, died at the age of 12 instead of 21; and that Maria, who was two years older than Anastasia, died at the age of 10 instead of 19.
  • Although Olga, Tatiana and Maria died very young age, they appear much older in "Once Upon a December". This may mean that they aged like they were alive.
  • At a height of 5'9" (1.75 m), Tatiana was the tallest of the sisters in real life, while the 5'2" (1.57 m) Anastasia was the shortest.
  • The animators may have drawn inspiration from the girls' 1914 formal photographs for their hairstyles in the film.
  • In Anastasia's nightmare, Maria is the only sister whose swimsuit is not the same color as her ballgown during the "Once Upon a December" sequence.
  • While in real life Olga and Tatiana were often seen together, since they were closest in age with each other, in the film, despite their brief appearence, Maria and Olga interect a lot more together, both in the intro and while they were swimming in Anastasia's nightmare.
  • In Chinese Mandarin dub of Anastasia's nightmare, the sisters called Anastasia "Mei Mei", which means "little sister" in Chinese.
  • Tatiana, the second oldest, was a born leader and did act as ramrod and spokesperson for the siblings. Indeed at the end she seems to some degree to have been the leader of the whole family. Before the outbreak of WW1 there were plans for her marrying crown prince, later king, Alexander of Yugoslavia. He always did deplore that this never was.
  • Before the birth of his son Nicholas is said to have contemplated lifting the ban on female rulers in Russia, established by the crackpot bigot emperor Paul around 1800. On the family - portrait in the movie Olga, the oldest one, sits down as the only person on the painting, in clothes appaerently modelled on the imperial robes of her father. This can be interpreted as that she was heir appaerent, not the so sickly and weak Alexei.


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