Alina Serban is an award-winning actress, playwright and director.
Born in 1987, Serban grew up in Bucharest, Romania. Overcoming tremendous obstacles, including poverty and discrimination, she became the first member of her Roma family to graduate from high school and university. After acquiring a drama degree in Bucharest at the Academy of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography, Serban attended the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, and obtained a master’s from Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
As a professional actress, Serban’s credits include numerous Shakespeare plays under the artistic direction of Philip Parr (among them ‘Périclès, Prince of Tyre’), as well as productions presented at European theatre festivals (’Turfed’, ‘The House Project’, ‘The Sun That Casts No Shadows’). She acted opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC television series ‘The Last Enemy’, and made her debut on the silver screen with a supporting part in ‘Written/Unwritten’, a short film that won more than 20 awards. For her first leading role in cinema, Serban stars in Marta Bergman’s feature film ‘Alone at My Wedding’, which premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2018 and earned her several Best Actress awards. She also stars as a boxer in Huseyin Tabak’s ‘Gipsy Queen’, a German-Austrian production which made its world debut in 2019.