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Agata Kulesza
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Agata Kulesza, 2018
Born (1971-09-27) 27 September 1971 (age 52)
Alma mater National Academy of Dramatic Art
Occupation actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Marcin Figurski (2006-2020)
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Agata Kulesza (born 27 September 1971) is a Polish actress who has appeared on film, television, and stage. She has won four Polish Film Awards; three for her leading roles in the films Rose (2011), Ida (2013), and 25 lat niewinności. Sprawa Tomka Komendy (2020); and for her supporting role in I'm a Killer (2016).

Early life

Kulesza was born in Szczecin. She has an older sister. Her childhood friend was future rock singer Katarzyna Nosowska, with whom Kulesza is still on good terms. As a child she attended ballet and singing classes. She decided to become an actress when she was in high school. She enrolled in the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in 1990 and graduated with distinction in 1994.


Following her graduation, Kulesza worked as an actress at the Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw. Since 2011, she has regularly performed at the Ateneum Theatre, also in Warsaw. Kulesza is a member of the Polish Film Academy.

In 2008 Kulesza, alongside her professional partner Stefano Terrazzino, won the eighth series of Dancing with the Stars: Taniec z gwiazdami. She donated her winnings, a Porsche car, to an auction to benefit the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.

In 2012, Kulesza won her first Polish Film Award for Best Actress for her role Róża, a Masurian widow who falls in love a Home Army soldier, in the 2011 historical drama Rose, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski That same year, she was given a special award from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage recognising her acting career, as well as the Złota Kaczka awarded by Film magazine.

In 2013, Kulesza starred in Paweł Pawlikowski's drama film Ida. Playing Wanda Gruz, a Communist resistance fighter turned state prosecutor, Kulesza was awarded the Best Actress prize at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival, and won her second Polish Film Award for Best Actress. Kulesza went on to be nominated for the Paszport Polityki. Internationally, Kulesza won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Ida was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

In 2016, Zwierciadło magazine awarded Kulesza their Crystal Mirror award for "acting of the highest quality". That year, she turned down an offer to play Beata in the political satire series The Chairman's Ear.

Personal life

Between 2006 and 2020, Kulesza was married to cameraman Marcin Figurski, having met him in 1996; they had a daughter, Marianna, in 1997. It was reported in the Polish press that Figurski had been domestically abusive towards Kulesza.

Kulesza has been friends with musician Kasia Nosowska since childhood, with them both growing up in Sczczecin. As of 2016, she lives in Warsaw.


In addition to winning four Polish Film Awards, Kulesza has also been recognised with several governmental awards for her acting career.

  • Order of Polonia Restituta (2014)
  • Silver Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis (2014)


Year Project Role Notes
1993 Człowiek z... Anna
1995 Die Straßen von Berlin Katharina Stefanescu episode: Babuschka
1996 Poznań '56 Teacher Zoska
2001 The Spring to Come Woman
2002 Moje pieczone kurczaki Agata, Wojtek's wife
2003 Siedem przystanków na drodze do raju Deaf woman
2004 Cudownie ocalony Prisoner Czarna
Park tysiąca westchnień Painter
2005 Fortuna czyha w lesie Lawyer
Solidarność, Solidarność... Filip's wife episode: Petrol
2006 Co słonko widziało Team Manager
Fundacja Anka Malecka - Mieczyslaw's daughter
Niania Actress episode: Rabnieta owca
2007 Kilka prostych słów Krystyna short
Ourense Independent Film Festival Best Actress Award
2008 Mała wielka miłość Doctor
2009 Zamiana Miecia
Synowie Lucyna Dobrowolska TV series
Mała wielka miłość Doctor TV series
39 i pół Hania episode: Rola zycia
2010 Skrzydlate świnie Karina Klaus
Ojciec Mateusz Renata Szulc episode: Talent
2011 Ki Miriam
Róża Róza Kwiatkowska Polish Academy Award for Best Actress
... Room Beata Santorska Maria TV series
Prosto w serce Aneta Sienkiewicz TV series
2012 Miłość Mayor's Wife
Dzień Kobiet Psychologist
Prawo Agaty Krystyna Sikorska episode: Episode #1.5
Krew z krwi Carmen Rota TV series
8 episodes
2013 Traffic Department Jadzia
Ida Wanda Gdynia Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Gijón International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Minsk International Film Festival, Award for Best Actress
Polish Academy Award for Best Actress
RiverRun International Film Festival, Jury Prive for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Seattle International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, best actress
In Hiding Wanda
Desire for Beauty Herself
Wszystkie kobiety Mateusza Maciejka
2016 The Innocents Mother Abbess
True Crimes Marta
I'm a Killer Lidia Kalicka
2018 Cold War Irena
2019 World on Fire Maria Tomaszeski TV series
2020 The Hater Beata Santorska
2020 25 Years of Innocence Teresa
2020 Never Gonna Snow Again Ewa
2021 The Wedding Ela Wilk
2023 Green Border Basia

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