Medeea Marinescu

b. 1974, Bucharest

Medea Marinescu made her film début at the age of three in Greenhorns’ Winter (1977), directed by Mircea Moldovan, but she shot to fame when she played the lead rôle in Ion Popescu-Gopo and Natalia Bodiul’s fantasy film Maria Mirabella (1981). While appearing in other rôles, she began studying piano at the Georges Enesco Music Lycée, but finally opted for theatre and film. In 1996, she graduated from the Bucharest Theatre and Film Academy, having studied in the class of Florin Zamfirescu. Medeea Marinescu is an actress at the Bucharest National Theatre, where she has worked with directors Ion Cojar, Gelu Colceag, Yuri Krasovski, Felix Alexa, Ion Caramitru, Radu Afrim, and Erwin Șimșensohn. She has appeared in various rôles at the Cassandra Theatre, UNU Theatre, Odéon, Romanian-American Theatre, Act Theatre, ARCUB, Bristol Old Vic, and Lincoln Centre.

She has appeared in numerous films, including Greenhorns’ Winter (1977), The Taste and Colour of Happiness (1978), Microphone Test (1980), Maria Mirabella (1981), The Acrobats (1981), An Acrobat at the North Pole (1982), Return from Hell (1983), Promises (1985), A Day in Bucharest (1987), Sunshine Smile (1988), Miss Christina (1992), Je vous trouve très beau (2005), Weekend with Mother (2008), Donnant donnant (2010), and The Scourge (2010)

She was awarded the Acting Prize at the Piatra Neamţ Youth Film Festival for her rôle as Mirabella in Maria Mirabella (1980), the ACIN Acting Prize for her rôle as Oara in the film Promises (1986), and the Ordre du Mérite (2016). In February 2004, Medeea Marinescu was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit to the rank of Chevalier for her acting achievements and for placing her talent in the service of the performing arts.


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