KATA DOBÓ (Viki Falk)
Born on February 25, 1974 in Budapest, Hungary. As a child, she lived with his parents in the former Soviet Union (Kiev, Ukraine) for three years. Later she studied in a bilingual secondary school (Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Gimnázium) and speaks Russian fluently.
She landed her first role in the Hungarian hit teen series The Immature (Éretlenek), and a film on TV called Rose and Violet (Rózsa és Ibolya), but it was Out of Order (A miniszter félrelép) in 1997 that brought her fame and nationwide recognition. In the film she co-starred with such renowned Hungarian actors as Róbert Koltai, András Kern and Sándor Gáspár, and it became one of Hungary’s highest grossing comedies ever. The same year she also started her acting studies at the Budapest Academy of Film and Drama.
In 1998 she re-teamed with actor/director Róbet Koltai in his new movie Mr. However (Ámbár tanár úr) (1998). The action comedy Europa Express (Európa Expressz) was Kata’s last film shot in Hungary before she moved to Los Angeles in1999.
In her new homeland, she continued her drama studies under famous acting coach Larry Moss, who coached the Academy Award winning star Hillary Swank and Helen Hunt amongst other famous Hollywood stars. Later she went to Jack Stehlin’s Circus Theatricals, where she appeared in several Chekhov plays, and also took the Shakespeare-course.
On the big screen her credits include such projects as Robert De Niro’s 15 Minutes (2000), An American Rhapsody (2001) directed by Éva Gárdos and John McTiernan’s sci-fi action film Rollerball (2002). In 2003 she played Steven Seagal’s on-screen wife in the action movie Out for a Kill, and on TV she also appeared in an episode of CBS’s popular series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Chloe Samms.
In 2005 she starred in Goda Krisztina’s immensely popular comedy Just Sex And Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi). In 2006 he will also be seen in the upcoming projects Basic Instinct 2 and Blood and Chocolate with Oliver Martinez.
In the summer of 2006 she appeared on stage in Hungary in a comedy directed by Tamás Jordán, and a Ferenc Molnar play "The Wolf". This one is directed by István Verebes, and in the main roles appear Andras Kern and Attila Kaszás.
She is a devoted advocate and supporter of the Hungarian Hospice Foundation.
IVÁN FENYŐ (Karcsi Szabó)
Born on June 15, 1979 in Budapest, Hungary. Graduated from the Budapest Academy of Film and Drama in 2003, taught by Gábor Máté and István Horvai . Since then he is a member of Budapest’s prestigious József Katona Theater.
His theatrical roles include Moliere’s Tartuffe, Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, Chekhov’s Ivanov and Platonov , Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream or contemporary playwright Péter Eszterházy’s She loves me (Egy nő).
He made his film debut in Péter Gothár’s 2003 film Hungarian Beauty (Magyar szépség), and in 2004 he appeared in Krisztina Deák’s movie Who the Hell's Bonnie and Clyde? (A miskolci boniésklájd). In 2005 Sam Mendes gave him the role of Pinko in his war movie Jarhead. During the shooting Ivan developed a good relationship with the English born director and now he is considering pursuing his acting career in the U.S. He also stars in the new Hungarian movie Pumpheads (Kútfejek, 2006) directed by Iván Kapitány.
SÁNDOR CSÁNYI (Tibi Vámos)
Born on December 19, 1975. Studied at a technical school but his main interest was drama and later he began acting in minor roles at the Csíky Gergely Theater in Kaposvár, Hungary. Eventually he succeeded in going on to the Budapest Academy of Film and Drama, where he went to the class of László Marton. After earning his diploma he joined the Chalk Circle Theater and then the Radnóti Theater in his native town of Budapest. He is married to actress Lia Pokorny, they have a son, Misi.
As a versatile actor his stage credits range from classic plays, such as by Ferenc Molnár, Chekhov, Albee, Wedekind, Örkény, Pirandello and Goldoni, to contemporary Hungarian dramas by Kornél Hamvai, Péter Kárpáti and István Tasnádi to name but a few.
His screen roles include Ágnes Incze’s I Love Budapest, Jadviga's Pillow (Jadviga párnája) (1999) directed by Krisztina Deák, Kornél Mundruczó’s Desire I Have None (Nincsen nékem vágyam semmi), email@example.com directed by Zoltán Kálmánczhelyi and Angéla Stefanovics, Nimród Antall’s Control (Kontroll), Stop Mother Theresa! (Állítsátok meg Terézanyut!) directed by Péter Bergendy, The Porcelain Doll (A porcelánbaba) and The Real Santa (Az igazi mikulás) directed by Péter Gárdos, and Paths of Light (A fény ösvényei) from Attila Mispál. Recently he starred in one of last year’s hit comedies Just Sex And Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi) also directed by Krisztina Goda, and he played the main role of the latest film, Relatives (Rokonok), of the world famous director István Szabó.
During his career he has collected several prestigious accolades: Comet Award (Üstökös-díj) from the Hungarian daily Népszabadság (2001), Súgó Csiga Award (2004, 2006) and the Hungarian Film Critics Award as Best Actor for his performance in Control (2005). The same year the latter film also won him a Best Actor Fringe Report Award and the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, and he also got an Award as the most popular Hungarian actor from movie magazine Vox in 2006.
ZSOLT HUSZÁR (Jancsi Gál)
He is well known for his theater roles throughout his native Hungary. A freelance actor who performed on stage in such world classics as Turandot, Shakespeare’s Othello, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or in the Hungarian classic Relatives (Rokonok).
His movie credits include It’s no fairy tale (Nincs mese) (2003), and the award winning short fiction film Antique (Antik) (2004) directed by Orsolya Báthory’s, and Circle (Forgás) (2005) from director Árpád Sopsits.
VIKTÓRIA SZÁVAI (Eszter Hanák)
Born on May 17, 1976 in Budapest. After finishing her secondary school in Szentes, she continued studying at the Budapest Academy of Film and Drama where her teachers were Miklós Benedek, József Ruszt and Péter Valló. After graduating in 1998, she joined the Radnóti Miklós Theater in Budapest, but often plays as guest actress in the József Katona Theater as well.
His stage credits include Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the role of Ophelia, Romeo and Juliet as Juliet, Chekhov’s The Seagull as Masha, and the Three Sisters as Natasha.
In 2002 she was chosen as Best Female Actor of the Year in Hungary. She lives with her partner and has a daughter, Noémi.
Tamás Jordán (Karcsi’s grandfather)
He is one of the most determining stage actors in Hungary. Born on 15 January 1943. He graduated from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1966, but he also was a member of the ELTE Universitas Group. First he became a member of the Theatre 21, later he joined the Castle Theatre and Csíky Gergely Theatre in 1980. He established and led theatre and acting school Merlin in 1991, since 2003 he’s been the director of the Hungarian National Theatre. He is well known as a stage actor, but he also directs plays, and has memorable movie roles. He appeared in Moliere’s The Meiser, Master and Margarita from Bulgakov, and he played Gayev in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. As a director he made Goldoni’s One of the Last Carnival Evenings, We must love from Jordán-Selmeczi and Úri muri from Móricz. He made a legendary stage-play on Attila József’s Szabad Ötletek Jegyzéke. His latest movie role was in Róbert Koltai’s We Never Die, but he also appeared in movies like My love, Elektra, Vertigo and Hány az óra, Vekker úr? He received Jázsai Mari Award in 1977 and Érdemes Művész award in 1986. In 1996 he received the Kossuth Award which is the most respected Hungarian Art Award.
KRISZTIÁN KOLOVRATNIK (Frank)
Born on May 15, 1977. Finishing secondary school he went on studying acting at the Budapest Academy of Film and Drama from 1995, where he went the same class as Ferenc Hujber and Ervin Nagy. Since his graduation he has been a member of the Budapest Comedy Theater. He loves music and plays a number of instruments, and he made El Camio tour in Spain.
On stage he was seen in such plays as Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and Love's Labours Lost, or in Eisemann’s Peter Black (Fekete Péter), Péter Horváth & Sztevanovity Dusán’s The attic (A padlás) or The Wizard of Oz (Óz, a csodák csodája) as the Scarecrow.
On screen he appeared in the television film Cafe House (Kávéház)(2001), The Last Blues (Az utolsó blues) (2001), The Kiss of the Muse (A múzsa csókja), Steven Lovy’s 2004 film MIX as Dorka Gryllus’ partner, Morfium (2005), another TV production, and Csaba Bollók’s movie Miraq (2005), but he also appeared in Fateless and Max.
In 2003 he received the Súgó Csiga Award, which is awarded each year to the 12 most popular male and female actors in Hungary.
ANTAL CZAPKO (Prokop)
He was born in Szolnok in 10 August 1980. After graduating from the University of Film and Drama he went back to his hometown and became a member of the Szigligeti Theatre. He made success in roles like the manager in the adaptation of Marcel Proust’s Á la recherche du temps perdu (Az eltűnt idő nyomában). Later he played Happy in Death of a Salesman (Az ügynök halála) in Theatre Thalia in Budapest, but he also played Bif in the same play in Stage Ódry, where he played in Dostoevsky-Wesker The Wedding Feast (Lakodalom) or in Night of the Tribade (A Tribádok éjszakája) from Enquist as Viggo Schiewe. He took part in various roles like musicals, comedies, and dramas. (For example, he showed up as Othello). He got his first movie role at the age of 22, when he played a role in Miklós Jancsó’s Wake up mate, don’t you sleep!(Kelj fel, komám, ne aludjál!) but he reached his first real success in Just Sex and Nothing Else (Csak szex és más semmi) in he played Ali, the turkish waiter. That movie was also directed by Krisztina Goda.