Julia Krynke is an actress and classically trained musician from Opole, Poland. In addition to a Master’s degree in Acting from the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Wroclaw, she has studied acting at the Academy for Theatre Practices in Gardzienice. She also has a high level of proficiency in flute and piano, having studied at Opole Music School for 11 years.
Having always been fascinated by improvisation methods and the Michael Chekhov acting technique, Julia moved to the UK in 2008 to deepen her knowledge at the Michael Chekhov Studio in London.
Julia has worked extensively in film, television and theatre in Poland, Germany, Ireland, and the UK. Her most notable film roles include the young female lead Beata in the film ‘Distant Lights’, directed by Hans-Christian Schmid (Germany, 2003). In addition to winning the FIPRESCI prize, ‘Distant Lights’ was also nominated for the Golden Bear at The Berlin Film Festival. Julia also played Maryam in the Iranian film ‘Die of Love’, directed by Bijan Birang, a role for which she learnt to speak Persian.
Television appearances include the role of Olenka in the Bafta award-winning BBC drama series ‘The Street’, written by Jimmy McGovern and directed by David Blair; Bibi Saparova in season 8 of ‘Spooks’ by Alrick Riley; Olga Sarpei in the ZDF series ‘Soko Leipzig’ by Maris Pfeiffer; Mela in the RTE series ‘The English Class’, directed by Phillip Kampff and Declan Jones; Danuta in the RTE series ‘Trivia’ by Tom Hall; and Ania Green in the BBC series ‘Holby City’ by Reza Moradi.
Julia continues to collaborate with many independent filmmakers in Germany and in the UK. These include Jessica Townsend, Esther Richardson, Massimo Salvato, with whom she made the experimental noir ‘Muse’, and Saschko Frey, whose film ‘Echos’, which starred Julia, won the Friedrich-Wilhelm Murnau Kurzfilmpreis in 2009.
After four years of acting full-time on Polish theatre stages in Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan and Lublin, Julia made her foreign debut on the Irish stage as Monica in ‘The Townlands of Brazil’, a critically-acclaimed play written by Dermot Bolger, directed by Ray Yeates, and performed at the Axis Theatre in Dublin (2006-2007).
Julia has won many awards, including the Best Actor Award, Audience Award and Critics