She was born on 21st March 1951, in Chełmno. She is a theatre and film actress, singer, and academic teacher.
In 1974, she graduated from the Acting Department of the Leon Schiller National Film School. Since then, she has remained connected with her alma mater, as a full professor of theatre (she was granted the title in 2014). That same year, in 1974, she made her début on a theatre stage in the play ‘Klub kawalerów / Bachelor’s Club’ written by Michał Bałucki, and directed by Jan Kwapisz. She used to perform on stage of Teatr Nowy in Łódź (in the years 1974-1982), then in three Warsaw-based theatres, namely the National Theatre (in the years 1982-1984), the Ateneum Theatre (in the years 1984-1986), and Komedia Theatre (in the years 1986-1987). In the season 1988-1990, she performed on stage of the STUDIO Theatre Gallery in Warsaw.
Her début on the silver screen came in the film ‘Właśnie o miłości / About Love’ (1977) directed by Juliusz Janicki. Still in 1977, she was also cast in the television production ‘Lalka / The Doll’ directed by Ryszard Ber, for which the script was written by Aleksander Ścibor-Rylski. She also played in a number of films directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski, first in ‘Krótki dzień pracy / Short Working Day’ (1981), in which she partnered up with Lech Grzmociński, then in ‘Krótki film o zabijaniu / A Short Film About Killing’ (1987), in ‘Dekalog / I Am the Lord Thy God’ (1988), and in ‘Trzy kolory. Biały / Three Colors: White’ (1993). You can also see her in the drama ‘Matka Królów / The Mother of Kings’ (1982) directed by Janusz Zaorski, in which she plays alongside Bogusław Linda. In 1993, she played the mother of the main protagonist Julia in the film ‘Kolejność uczuć / Sequence of Feelings’ directed by Radosław Piwowarski. In 2000, she was also cast in the role of a mother, this time as the mother of Piotr ‘Jajo’ in the film ‘To ja, złodziej / It’s Me, the Thief’ directed by Jacek Bromski. She worked with Jacek Bromski again in 2013, when she partnered up with Piotr Głowacki in the film ‘Bilet na księżyc / One Way Ticket to the Moon’. She was cast in two films directed by Kinga Dębska, namely in ‘Zabawa, zabawa / Playing Hard’ from 2018, and in ‘Zupa nic’ from 2021.
You can also see Barbara Dziekan in a number of television productions, for example in ‘Samo życie’ (the series was broadcast in the years 2002-2010), ‘Plebania’ (in the years 2008-2009), and in ‘Singielka’ (in the years 2015-2016).
Barbara Dziekan also performed a recital titled ‘Ulica japońskiej wiśni’, during which she sang 24 songs that Agnieszka Osiecka wrote specifically for her to perform.