Kulesza in 2010
27 September 1971 |
||National Academy of Dramatic Art
||Marcin Figurski (m. 1996)
Agata Kulesza (Polish pronunciation: [aˈgata kuˈlɛʂa]; born 27 September 1971) is a Polish film, television and stage actress, and a member of the Polish Film Academy. In 2013 she appeared in the critically acclaimed Ida. She was a contestant in season eight of Taniec z gwiazdami (English: Dancing with Stars) in 2008. She gained wide popularity in mass media after winning the competition. Kulesza was also the first winner of the show who donated the prize to charity.
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.
She performed in the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw in 1994–2011. Since 2011 she has been employed by the Ateneum Theatre in Warsaw. In 2012 she received Polish Academy Award for Best Actress for the leading role in the film Róża directed by Wojciech Smarzowski. She was also awarded the Złota Kaczka for the same film.
She lives in Warsaw with her husband, Marcin Figurski, a camera operator. The couple met in 1996 on a film set and got married after ten years together. They have a daughter, Marianna (born 1997).