Beata Kawka was born on 7 September 1967 in Szubin in the Pałuki region. She is a Polish film, stage and voice actress, and voice-over Producer and Director, as well as the owner of the Film Factory Studio.
Her stage debut was in 1990, when she played Justyna in Fredraszki, directed by Jan Englert. Between 1993 and 1998, she worked at the Nowy Theatre in Warsaw; she also cooperated with the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw, the Baltic Opera, and the Juliusz Osterwa Theatre in Gorzów Wielkopolski, among others. She also played over a dozen roles in plays directed, for instance, by Tadeusz Słobodzianek, Mariusz Benoit, Paweł Łysak, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz and Piotr Grabowski. Her screen debut came in 1991, when she played bit parts in the television series Panny i wdowy/Maidens and Widows and in a feature film under the same title. In the 1990s, she appeared in the first popular Polish television series created after the end of the communist era – Matki, żony i kochanki/Mothers, Wives and Lovers and Ekstradycja 2/Extradition 2. In the subsequent years, she played in many popular sitcoms, such as Na dobre i na złe/ For Better and for Worse, Samo życie/Such Is Life, Barwy szczęścia/The Colours of Happiness, Pierwsza miłość/First love, Złotopolscy/The Złotopolscy Family, 13 Posterunek 2/The 13th Police Station 2, Zostać miss/To Be a Miss, Prawo miasta/The Law of the City, and Komisarz Alex/Inspector Alex, as well as Belfer/The Teach, which was filmed in Chełmża near Toruń. She also appeared in a series entitled Prawo Agaty/True Law, shot in Bydgoszcz. One of Kawka’s first more-serious films was a Hungarian-Polish picture entitled Do widzenia wczoraj, dwie krótkie komedie o zmianie systemu/Yesterday Goodbye, two comedies about changing the system, directed by Janusz Majewski and Peter Bacso in 1993. Her co-stars included Marian Kociniak, Marian Opania, Marek Kondrat, Wiktor Zborowski, and a Bydgoszcz native, Leonard Pietraszek, as well as a Hungarian film star, Agnes Olasz. In 1993, she starred in a pastiche comedy film by Konrad Szołajski entitled Człowiek z…/Man of… – a subtle mockery of the classical works by Andrzej Wajda, with the satirical focus on the mentality shaped by the morality of Solidarność (a Polish communism-era labour union) and the distinctly Catholic mythology of the political opposition. She also appeared in Złoto dezerterów/Deserters’ Gold by Janusz Majewski (1998) and two films made by Bogusław Linda – Sezon na leszcza/The Sucker Season and Jasne błękitne okna/The Skylights. Most recently, she appeared in two blockbusters – Służby specjalne/Secret Wars and Pitbull. Nowe porządki/Pitbull. New Order, directed by Patryk Vega.
Selected awards and distinctions
The Madrid International Film Festival – Best Actress Award for Jasne błękitne okna/The Skylights.