Magdalena Czerwińska was born in 1978 in Toruń. While still in high school, she performed at the Spięty Teatr Spinaczy at the Youth Culture Centre in Toruń under the tutelage of Grażyna Pfeiffer-Podlaszewska, the Director of the YCC. Her co-actors from that period included Piotr Głowacki and Joanna Koroniewska-Dowbor . She subsequently became acquainted with the art of acting in another “school of talents” in Toruń – Studio P., run by Lucyna Sowińska, and operating at the same YCC where she performed alongside Joanna Koroniewska-Dowbor and Małgorzata Kożuchowska.
Ms Czerwińska studied at the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Kraków, and played her first bit part in a television series entitled Klinika pod Wyrwigroszem/The Wyrwigrosz Clinic, just after her graduation in 2001. In 2003, she made her screen debut in a feature film – an independent picture by Ryszard Maciej Nyczka entitled Siedem przystanków na drodze do raju/Seven Stops on the Way to Paradise. 2006 saw the première of a spectacular action comedy film entitled Dublerzy/The Doubles by Marcin Ziębiński, in which Czerwińska played one of the leading roles – Sophia Gambini, daughter of a Mafia boss. In 2009, Czerwińska was nominated for the Zbyszek Cybulski Award for two outstanding roles – Natalia in a short film entitled Pokój szybkich randek/The Room of Fast Dates (2007) and Arleta in Wojna polsko-ruska/Snow White and Russian Red by Xawery Żuławski. She earned her second nomination for this award for her performance in Kret/The Mole, directed by Raphael Lewandowski, where her co-stars included Borys Szyc, Marian Dziędziel and Wojciech Pszoniak.
In 2014, she played the leading role in a hypnotising and suspenseful drama film entitled Matka/The Mother by Lee Mackintosh Jones. In this picture, Czerwińska portrayed the mother, Maria, who is left alone in her own world full of demons of alcoholism. In the 2010s, the Toruń native played many characteristic and brilliant supporting roles: Golińska in Daas by Adrian Panek, an expressive journalist in Pod Mocnym Aniołem/The Mighty Angel by Wojciech Smarzowski and Anna Religa, the professor’s wife, in Bogowie/Gods by Łukasz Palkowski.
She also appeared in many television series, such as Zostać miss 2/To Be a Miss 2, Glina/The Cop, Oficerzy/The Officers, Prawo miasta/Law of the City, Trzeci oficer/Third Officer, Apetyt na życie/Appetite for Life, Na dobre i na złe/For Better and for Worse, Ojciec Mateusz/Father Mateusz, Szpilki na Giewoncie/High Heels on Giewont. Czerwińska also played in two series filmed in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province: Prawo Agaty/True Law and Belfer/The Teach. In 2017, she played the leading role in a short film entitled Spitsbergen by Michał Szcześniak, which was later nominated for the Golden Lions Award at the Gdynia Film Festival and the Golden Lajkonik Award at the Kraków Film Festival. She received the Special Jury Award at the Opole Llamas Film Festival in 2017 for her performance in Spitsbergen and two works entitled Żabi Król/The Frog King and Powrót/The Return.
Selected awards and distinctions
Nomination for the Zbyszek Cybulski Award for Pokój szybkich randek/Room of Fast Dates (Demakijaż/Demaquillage), Kret/The Mole and Wojna polsko-ruska/Snow White and Russian Red; the Special Jury Award for the roles in Spitsbergen, Powrót/The Return and Żabi Król/The Frog King – the Opole Llamas Film Festival; the Best Actress Award for Powrót/The Return – the Nationwide Independent Film Competition OKFA; the Grand Prix for the role of Ewa (Skutki uboczne/Side Effects) – the Two Theatres Festival of the Polish Radio and Television Theatre in Sopot; Flisak – the Award of the President of Toruń at the TOFIFEST International Film Festival, and others.