One of the most well-known artists of his generation, István Znamenák has played several leading roles, from Kent in King Lear and Andrei in Three Sisters to Sosias in Amphitryon by Kleist. Born in 1966, he graduated from the Academy of Drama and Film in 1991. His film debut was in 1981, much before his acting career started, playing the leading role in Time Stands Still by Péter Gothár. The film won several awards, like the Award of the Youth in the Foreign Film Category at the Cannes Film Festival in 1982. He began his career at the legendary regional Csiky Gergely Theatre in Kaposvár, the birthplace of a new theatrical language in Hungary in the 70s and 80s, where he spent almost two decades. He was also the artistic director of the theatre for one season. Later he became a member of the Budapest National Theatre. He has been a member of the Örkény István Theatre since 2013. Present roles at the Örkény Theatre include: Béralde (The Imaginary Invalid by Molière); Claudius (Hamlet by Shakespeaere); Aubespine (Mary Stuart, Friedrich Schiller); Orgon (Tartuffe by Molière); Doctor Cyprian (Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler). He is also a stage director. Among his prizes, he has received the Jászai Mari Award (1999) and the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (Civilian) (2008).