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Overview (2)

Born in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Agata Kulesza was born on September 27, 1971 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. She is an actress and writer, known for Ida (2013), Cold War (2018) and The Witcher (2007). She has been married to Marcin Figurski since 2006. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Marcin Figurski (2006 - present) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Seductive voice and intense facial features
Often plays grief-stricken women who suffer terrible tragedies
Usually appears in strongly upsetting dramas
Often does voice work

Trivia (20)

Agata and dancing partner Stefano Terrazzino were the winners of Taniec z gwiazdami (2005) (the eighth edition of the Polish version of 'Dancing with the Stars'). She was the first winner to donate the reward to charity.
Last name is pronounced Kulesha.
Resides in Warsaw.
She's been friends with Hey's lead singer Katarzyna Nosowska since childhood. Has played the ukulele and sung guest vocals with the band during a Krakow concert (April 2014).
Worked with husband Marcin Figurski in Niania: Rabnieta owca (2006).
Legally known as Agata Kulesza-Figurska due to her marriage to Marcin Figurski. They have one daughter together: Marianna Figurska (b. 1997). Agata and Marianna appeared together in Dark Crimes (2016).
In 2012 she received the 'Annual Award of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage' for her film work.
She's also a stage actress, graduating with distinction from the 'Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy' in 1994 and subsequently performing both at the Dramatic and Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw.
Took ballet and singing lessons as a child before deciding to become an actress.
She provided the voice of the Queen (Julia Roberts) in the Polish dubbed version of Mirror Mirror (2012).
She received the 2013 'Paszport Polityki' for her film work.
She provided voices in the Polish dubbed versions of several animated features. Her roles include: Brunhilda in The Princess and the Pea (2002), Madame Suliman in Howl's Moving Castle (2004), a Troll in Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus 3-D (2005), Lisica Lozy in Chicken Little (2005), Miss Birdwell in Kronk's New Groove (2005), Queen in The Ant Bully (2006), Aunt Siqiniq in Brother Bear 2 (2006), Penny in Over the Hedge (2006), Rapunzel in Shrek the Third (2007) and Lucille Krunklehorn in Meet the Robinsons (2007).
She mentioned the title role in Rose (2011) as the favourite of her career.
She appeared in 3 movies with Joanna Kulig: Ida (2013), Warsaw by Night (2015) and The Innocents (2016).
She won the 'Warsaw Feliks Award' for her stage performance in 'Merylin Mongol' at the Ateneum Theatre.
She appeared in 5 movies with Kinga Preis: The Foundation (2006), Co slonko widzialo (2006), Rose (2011), Suicide Room (2011) and The Mighty Angel (2014). They also appeared together in the TV program Ojciec Mateusz: Talent (2010).
She and Jan Frycz are the only actors who worked in the Witcher game series to have received the Polish Film Award.
Having been awarded the Best Actress Eagle (Polish Film Award) for her performances in Rose (2011) and Ida (2013), she's one of only two actresses to win the category twice. The other is Kinga Preis, who won for Silence (2001) and The Collector (2005).
She appeared in 3 movies with Krzysztof Dracz: Co slonko widzialo (2006), Suicide Room (2011) and Traffic Department (2012). They also both provided voices for the iconic videogame The Witcher (2007).
Was awarded the honorary title of Ambassador of her native town of Szczecin [3 July 2015].

Personal Quotes (7)

[on Pawel Pawlikowski] He is a wonderful filmmaker, very focused, very intent on what he wants to achieve. He was also very open to discussion when we first met and decided the details of Wanda as a whole person. I know he did a lot of research for this picture and I had a feeling of a partnership when we worked together - that was very valuable for me.
[on playing the role of Wanda in Ida (2013)] When I am approached with any script or proposal I always try analyze my character first as a human being, stripped of historic or political circumstances. In this film it was difficult because it is a very special case that is strongly connected to our country's history. Wanda is a tragic character and different emotions are pulling her apart. I had to accept the fact that there were real women - as in this case - who did evil things, but who could also remain charismatic and very easy to relate to.
[on Ida (2013)] The background for this story is very significant, but all in all what we see is this solitude and longing for a human connection. It transcends the fact that the characters are Jewish, that these are the 1960s, and is universal. That is its strength.
[on Agata Trzebuchowska] Agata is a very intelligent and emotional young woman, very knowledgeable about art and culture in general. I think this made her extremely curious on set, she really wanted to know what drives the characters to act the way they do. The work was of course different because she didn't have any professional training and I didn't judge her for that. Especially because she is such a fast learner and by the end she had managed to convey great emotion without overplaying anything. When I first saw the completed picture I called her up and said "Agatka, you can't act, but you made a beautiful role!"
[on the possibility of an Oscar nomination for Ida (2013)] I do not see myself as a person with hang-ups. I do not need to play in foreign films to prove anything to anyone. My position here is secured and satisfactory. I do not feel any complexes, when thinking of actresses from abroad .
[on acting school] I really enjoyed the academy, I worked very hard. Then I became afraid about whether it would all work out. At some point I was even thinking about changing my profession. I thought of becoming a production manager, imagining that perhaps acting wasn't for me, after all.
[on stage work] I continue to work in theatre, therefore I have an opportunity to practice my acting skills all the time, and that's extremely important. Actors are just like sportspeople- they should constantly act, seek, and exercise, in order not to be afraid. Upon entering a stage or a film set, one may suddenly become very shy, it can strike as an isolating experience. Privately we tend to be introverted, but performing is an act of courage, it requires one to open up.

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