Jakub Gierszał

Actor | 1988 | Polish, German | Warsaw / Berlin

Personal Data

Languages: Polish (mother tongue), German (mother tongue), English (fluent)

Residence: Warsaw / Berlin

Place of birth: Poland

Nationality: Polish, German

Height: 1.86m (6' 1.2“)

Hair: blond

Eyes: blue

Training: State Theatre Academy Krakow

Pitch of the voice: baritone

Musical instruments: violin and piano (basic)

Sports: snowboard, football

Driving licence: car (B), motorcycle (A)


Eagle Award 2018, nom. Best Actor for NAJLEPSZY

"Golden Kangaroo" Best Actor for BEYOND WORDS, ZGODA, POKOT at Polish Film Awards 2017

Shooting Star Award 2012

Angela Award 2012 at the Kilkenny International Subtitle Film Festival, Ireland

Golden Duck Award (Polish Film Award) 2011 for Best Actor

Eagle Award (Polish Film Award) 2011; nom. Best Actor for SUICIDE ROOM

Feature | Television

2019 | Najmro | Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, TFP | feature film | Director: Mateusz Rakowicz | ensemble lead

2018 | Adventures of a Mathematician | Dragonfly Films | feature film | Director: Thorsten Klein

2018 | The Giraffe | Komplizen Film GmbH Berlin | feature film | Director: Anna Sofie Hartmann

2018 | Das Boot | Bavaria Filmproduktion | SKY | TV series | Director: Andreas Prochaska

2017 | Beyond Words | Family Affair Films | feature film | Director: Urszula Antoniak | lead

2017 | Spoor (OT: Pokot) | WFDiF | feature film | Director: Agnieszka Holland | Competition Berlin International Film Festival

2017 | Breaking the Limits (OT: Najlepszy) | feature film | Director: Lukasz Palkowski | lead, nom. Best Actor at Polish Film Awards 2018

2017 | PolandJa | feature film | Director: Cyprian T. Olencki

2016 | Zgoda | Kalejdoskop | feature film | Director: Maciej Sobieszczański

2016 | Emma nach Mitternacht - "Frau Hölle" | SWR | ARD | TV movie | Director: Torsten C. Fischer

2016 | Morris from America | Lichtblick media, Beachside Films | Farbfilm Verleih | feature film | Director: Chad Hartigan

2015 | Crossing Lines - "Enemy of the People" | Tandem Communications | TF1 | TV series | Director: Kerrick MacDonald

2015 | The Lure (OT: Córki Dancingu) | Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych (WFDiF) | feature film | Director: Agnieszka Smoczyńska

2014 | Der Liebling des Himmels | Nordfilm | ARD | TV movie | Director: Dani Levy

2014 | Dracula Untold | Legendary Pictures, Michael De Luca Productions | feature film | Director: Gary Shore

2014 | Hiszpanka | Studio Filmowe Kadr, Instytucja Filmowa Film-Art | ITI Cinema | feature film | Director: Lukasz Barczyk

2014 | Performer | Wajda Studio | feature film | Director: Lukasz Ronduda, Maciej Sobieszczański

2013 | Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren | Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions GmbH | ARD | TV movie | Director: Maria von Heland

2013 | Pamiętnik Pani Hanki | TVP1 | TV movie | Director: Borys Lankosz

2013 | Moralność Pani Dulskej | TVP1 | TV movie | Director: Marcin Wrona

2013 | Finsterworld | ARTE, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Lhasa Films, Walker Worm Film | Alamode Filmverleih | feature film | Director: Frauke Finsterwalder

2013 | The Fold | The Electric Shadow Company | DLN Films | feature film | Director: John Jencks

2012 | City of Dream | TR Warszawa and Theatre de la Ville | theatre | Director: Krystian Lupa

2013 | Lasting | Espiral Producciones, Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe, Manana | Manana | feature film | Director: Jacek Borcuch

2012 | Yuma | Yeti Films, Evolution Films | Kino Swiat | feature film | Director: Piotr Mularuk | lead

2011 | Suicide Room | Mediabrigade, Odra Film, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, Studio Filmowe Kadr | ITI Cinem, TLA Releasing, Wolfe Releasing | feature film | Director: Jan Komasa

2010 | 1 000 000 $ | HBO Polska | Syrena Films | feature film | Director: Janusz Kondratiuk

2009 | All That I Love | Prasa i Film, Telewizja Polska - Agencja Filmowa, Canal+ Polska | Fondivina Films, ITI Cinema | feature film | Director: Jacek Borcuch



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.”

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