Polish actor honoured with France's Order of Arts and Letters

Polish actor honoured with France's Order of Arts and Letters. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Polish actor and director Andrzej Seweryn received the insignia of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters from French Ambassador in Poland Pierre Levy, in Warsaw, on Tuesday.

The distinction is granted in recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

Born in 1946, Andrzej Seweryn made his stage debut in Warsaw in 1968. He is one of only three non-French actors to be hired by the Paris-based Comédie-Française, one of the most prestigious theatres in the world.

In 2004, he won the French Critics' Syndicate prize for his performance in Hugo von Hoffmannsthal’s "L'Homme difficile" (The Difficult Man) in which he played the title role.

The Order of Arts and Letters was established in 1957 to recognise eminent artists and writers, and people who have contributed significantly to promoting the arts in France and throughout the world.