Following the Top-10 Polish films (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), we’re remembering some great Polish actors and actresses that have had a successful career in Poland and abroad.

PIOTR ADAMCZYK

PIOTR ADAMCZYK

Piotr’s fruitful acting career started with the role of Stavrogin in an Andrzej Wajda’s adaptation of Dostoevsky's novel The Possessed (1988), but his real breakthrough came with a drama film "Chopin - Desire of Love" where Piotr played famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin.

In 2005, Piotr Adamczyk landed the role of Karol Wojtyła in a two-part film "Karol, A Man Who Became Pope". The film was seen by eight hundred million people worldwide and the next year, Piotr starred in the second part “Karol: The Pope, The Man”. The role of Pope John Paul II brought Adamczyk high international acclaim and popularity, especially in Catholic countries.

The actor has recently appeared in a thriller Titanium White (2016) and is currently involved in 3 more films.

WHAT TO WATCH: 

  1. Chopin: Desire for Love (2002)
  2. Karol: The Pope, The Man (2006)
  3. Titanium White (2016)

INTERESTING FACT: Piotr is a co-owner of one of the best Polish cuisine restaurants in Warsaw - "Stary Dom".


DANIEL OLBRYCHSKI

DANIEL OLBRYCHSKI

Daniel Olbrychski is best known for his numerous roles in Andrzej Wajda’s films The Ashes (1965), The Birch Wood (1970), The Promised Land (1974), A Love in Germany (1983) etc., but has also appeared in the works of other famous directors like Krzysztof Zanussi (Family Life, 1971), Krzysztof Kieslowski (Dekalog: Three, 1988), and Jerzy Hoffman (With Fire and Sword, 1998).

Olbrychski’s latest notable performance was the role of a spymaster in an American thriller Salt (2010) and historical film “Battle of Warsaw 1920” by Jerzy Hoffman, where Olbrychski played Polish statesman Józef Piłsudski.

WHAT TO WATCH: 

  1. The Tin Drum (1979)
  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
  3. Battle of Warsaw 1920 (2011)

INTERESTING FACT: Daniel Olbrychski personally performed most of the stunt scenes in his films due to his keen skills in horse-riding and fencing.


MALGORZATA ZAJACZKOWSKA aka Margaret Sophie Stein

MALGORZATA ZAJACZKOWSKA aka Margaret Sophie Stein

Malgorzata started her acting career during her studies at the Teatr Narodowy. In 1976 she played a small part in the 1976 film Zdjęcia próbne (Screen Tests), co-directed by Agnieszka Holland. In 1981, Małgorzata moved to the United States and continued her career in television and film under the stage name of Margaret Sophie Stein. Notable film credits include Enemies: A Love Story (1989), Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991), Skylark (1993), and Simply Irresistible (1999).

In 1999, the actress returned to Poland and continued her career in Polish films and television. One of her latest performances is the role of Sister Benedicta In the 2016 drama Blindness directed by Ryszard Bugajski.

WHAT TO WATCH:

  1. Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
  2. Bullets over Broadway (1994)
  3. Pogoda na jutro (2003)

IZABELLA SCORUPCO

IZABELLA SCORUPCO

Scorupco started out as a successful model appearing on the covers of Vogue in the 1980s. In 1987, she made her acting debut in a Swedish film Ingen kan älska som vi ("Nobody can love like us").

Izabella is most notable for the role of James Bond girl Natalya Simonova in the 1995 GoldenEye. In 1998, she starred in Jerzy Hoffman’s historical drama With Fire and Sword alongside famous Polish actors Michał Żebrowski, Krzysztof Kowalewski, and Daniel Olbrychski. Scorupco co-starred with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey in a post-apocalyptic fantasy film Reign of Fire (2002) and landed the leading female role in a horror film Exorcist: The Beginning (2004).

WHAT TO WATCH:

  1. Golden Eye (1995)
  2. With Fire and Sword (1998)
  3. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

INTERESTING FACT: Was offered the lead female role in The Mask of Zorro (1998), but turned it down. The role went to Catherine Zeta-Jones.


POLA NEGRI (born Apolonia Chalupec)

POLA NEGRI (born Apolonia Chalupec)

The most prominent femme fatale in the era of silent films and first European star to be invited to Hollywood. Pola Negri had a varied career as a performer in theater, as a recording artist, ballerina, and an author. After her roles in Polish film productions throughout 1914-1917 (Żona, Bestia, Jego ostatni czyn), Pola went to Germany where she achieved her first glory and fame after the leading roles in Die Augen der Mumie Mâ (1918), Carmen (1918), and Madame Dubarry (1919). The success of the latter made Pola Negri a well-known actress even outside Europe. In 1923, the founder of Paramount Pictures, Adolph Zukor, invited her to America where Negri appeared in over 20 films.

Her legacy includes 68 silent and sound films produced in Europe and Hollywood. Apart from acting, Pola was a singer and soundtrack performer with totally 78 singles released.

WHAT TO WATCH:

  1. Bestia (1917)
  2. Madame DuBarry (1919)
  3. Carmen (1918)

INTERESTING FACT: Was engaged to Charles Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.

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Polish TV Staff