Barbara Brylska is a Polish actress.
Born in 1941, Barbara Brylska became famous in Poland for her role in the 1966 superproduction by Jerzy Kawalerowicz entitled The Pharaoh. (The film was recently digitally remastered as part of the project Martin Scorcese Presents 21 Masterpieces.)
Brylska became a star in the Soviet Union after she was cast in a cult Soviet TV film by Eldar Ryazanov, called Irony of Fate (1975). Her performance was enhanced by a collaboration with the popular Russian singer, Alla Pugacheva, who delivered enchanting renditions of love songs for Brylska's character. In 1976, she was elected the most popular actress in Russia according to several polls, she also won the State Prize of the USSR (1977). In 1977 she was a member of the jury at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.
The Polish actress – who has claimed that her Russian popularity resulted in jealousy from the Polish milieu– was always highly regarded for her classic elegance, beauty, intelligence, and effortless style. In 2000, after a long hiatus, Brylska played a supporting role in a grotesque film Down House (2000), then made her stage debut in Moscow, in popular play Quartet in which she played alongside Svetlana Kryuchkova and other Russian actors. For two seasons form 2000-2002 she returned to the Polish audiences as Barbara Burska, a recurring character in the popular Polish TV series Na dobre i na zle. In 2003, Brylska played in a Russian comedy, Casus belli, (dir. Igor Ugolnikov).
Brylska was also cast as he aged Nadya in the 2008 Irony of Fate: The Sequel.