Jakub Gierszał was born in Poland, but spent a significant part of his childhood in Hamburg and studied at the National Theatre Academy of his native Cracow. He made his screen acting debut in Jacek Borcuch's ALL THAT I LOVE in 2008 (Sundance IFF World Competition, Rotterdam IFF) and followed it with a supporting role in Andrzej Kondratiuk's ONE MILLION DOLLARS in 2009. His first lead as Dominik in Jan Komasa's SUICIDE ROOM was premiered in the Panorama Special at the 2011 Berlinale and gained him worldwide recognition as he received his Shooting Star Award at the Berlinale 2012. ( also Golden Duck Award for Best Polish Actor 2011; nomination for Eagle Award for Best Polish Actor)
In 2010/2011 he played the leading role in Piotr Mularuk's feature film YUMA (Karlovy Vary IFF, Cottbus IFF). Jakub's second collaboration with director Jacek Borcuch was the film LASTING (Sundance IFF 2013) where he appeared opposite Spanish stars Angela Molina and Juanjo Ballesta. In 2012 Jakub played the part of Lukas in a UK production called THE FOLD directed by John Jencks opposite British actors Catherine McCormack and Dakota Blue Richards. In the same year he played the role of Maximilian in his fully German speaking debut FINSTERWORLD (Munich IFF, Rotterdam IFF) where he appears side by side with German actress Corinna Harfouch. He also starred in THE PERFORMER by Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański. In October 2012 Jakub made his big theatre debut in the CITY IN A DREAM directed by Krystian Lupa which was premiered in Paris an had its worldwide tour. Also in October of 2012 he was awarded with the first Angela Award at the Kilkenny International Subtitle Film Festival in Ireland.
In 2013 Jakub finished filming in Poland for the role of Krystian Ceglarski in INFLUENCE by Polish helmer Lukasz Barczyk, starring also Crispin Glover, Bruce Glover and Patrycja Ziolkowska. In March 2013 Jakub appeared in a Polish theatre/television play called "Moralność Pani Dulskiej" directed by Marcin Wrona, which was watched by over 2.5 million viewers. In the summer of 2013 he played the lead role of Felix in a German TV movie "The devil with the golden hair" amongst Saskia Rosendahl, based on a Grimm brothers tail. In the fall of 2013 Jakub completed his first major studio English speaking film by starring as Acemi in Gary Shore's "Dracula Untold" opposite Luke Evans, Samantha Barks and Dominic Cooper. Jakub speaks fluent German and English and is very gifted for languages. His unique energy, appearance and particular magnetism make him possibly the star of his generation.The comment of the Shooting Stars Jury in Berlin speaks for itself: "From the moment you see him, it is clear that Gierszał was born to be on the big screen. Revealing a kaleidoscope of emotions, his ability to draw you into a story is unparalleled. He is touching, believable, sensitive - a pure and unique talent."
|Shooting Star Award 2012|
|Angela Award 2012 at the Kilkenny International Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland|
|Golden Duck Award for Best Polish Actor 2011|
|Eagle Award (Polish Film Award) 2011; nom. 'best actor' for SUICIDE ROOM|
|Beyond Words||Urszula Antoniak||lead role|
|Spoor (OT: Pokot)||Agnieszka Holland||Competition Berlin International Film Festival|
|Morris from America||Chad Hartigan|
|Crossing Lines - "Enemy of the People"||Kerrick MacDonald|
|Der Liebling des Himmels||Dani Levy|
|Dracula Untold||Gary Shore|
|The Fold||John Jencks|
|Yuma||Piotr Mularuk||lead role|
|Suicide Room||Jan Komasa|
|Languages||Polish (mother tongue), German (mother tongue), English (fluent)|
|Residence||Warsaw / Berlin|
|Place of birth||Poland|
|Height||1.86m (6' 1.2“)|
|Training||State Theatre Academy Krakow|
|Pitch of the voice||baritone|
|Musical instruments||violin and piano (basic)|
|Driving licence||car (B), motorcycle (A)|
MORRIS FROM AMERICA at SAN FRANCISCO FILM FESTIVAL
MORRIS FROM AMERICA with Jakub directed by Chad Hartigan will be shown at the San Francisco Film Festival, April 21 - May 5!
Worldpremiere MORRIS FROM AMERICA
MORRIS FROM AMERICA with Jakub directed by Chad Hartigan will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2016 in the category U.S. Dramatic Competition!
Shooting MORRIS FROM AMERICA
Jakub starts shooting MORRIS FROM AMERICA. "This is Martin Bonner"-Director Chad Hartigan and Lichtblick Media with Beachside Films tell the romantic and coming-of-age misadventures of a 13-year-old American living in Germany.