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Zuzanna Szadkowski
Name Zuzanna Szadkowski
Birthplace Poland
Date of Birth October 22, 1978 (age 38)
Role on Gossip Girl Dorota Kishlovsky

Zuzanna Szadkowski (born October 22, 1978) is a Polish-American actress, known for her role as Dorota Kishlovsky on the CW teen drama series Gossip Girl. Szadkowski also appeared on The SopranosLaw & Order: Criminal Intent, and Guiding Light. She made her New York Stage debut in Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss, and What I Wore in which she appeared in a record-breaking five all-star casts. Her surname pronouced as "shad-kawv-skee".

Szadkowski attended Barnard College in New York City and went on to earn an MFA in acting from The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University/MXAT. She has worked in theater in New York City, regionally (directors Robert Woodruff, Sam Weisman, Marcus Stern), and in Warsaw and Moscow.


Zuzanna Szadkowski was born on October 22, 1978, in Warsaw, Poland, and moved to the United States when she was three. About her national identity and Polish accent she displays in Gossip Girl, she said, "I was born in Poland, so I am able to identify with her that way. The accent is modeled after people in my own family, so hopefully I am doing it justice". Szadkowski and her family moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she graduated from the R. Nelson Snider High Schoolin 1997. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University, and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.


Szadkowski made her acting debut in 2006, portraying two characters in Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 5 episode "Watch". She would reprise these roles in the season 7 episode "Lonelyville". In 2007, Szadkowski appeared in two episodes of The Sopranos, "Soprano Home Movies" and "Kennedy and Heidi". The same year, she was cast as Dorota Kishlovsky, the Polish maid of Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), in the CW series Gossip Girl. On April 20, 2009, The CW launched the Gossip Girl spin-off web series Chasing Dorota, consisting of six episodes.

In 2012, Szadkowski appeared in three episodes of the soap opera Guiding Light. She also appeared in the 2011 short film The Pilot Season Survival Guide and in the 2012 independent film Where Is Joel Baum?.

Personal Life

Szadkowski currently resides in Downtown Brooklyn. In 2010, she partnered with Sam Weisman to open an acting school, the Sam Weisman Studio, in New York City.

According to former co-star Leighton Meester's husband Adam Brody, Meester and Szadkowski remain close friends after Gossip Girl wrapped in 2012.



Movie Role Year Notes
The Pilot Season Survival Guide Martha 2011 Short film
Tower Heist Polish maid 2011 Uncredited (deleted scene)
Where is Joel Baum? Polish cleaning lady 2012
Butterflies of Bill Baker Monica 2013
Growing Up and Other Lies CeCe 2014


Show Role Year(s) Notes
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Trina 2006 Episode: "Watch"
The Sopranos Elzbieta 2007 2 episodes
Gossip Girl Dorota Kishlovsky 2007-2012 Recurring; 79 episodes (1 uncredited)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Olga 2007 Episode: "Lonelyville"
Guiding Light Sister Angelica 2009 3 episodes
The Knick Nurse Pell 2014 7 episodes
Elementary Miranda Jantzen 2015 Episode: "Seed Money"
Girls Priya 2015-17 3 episodes
The Good Wife Gloria Beattie 2016 Episode: "Shoot"

Web Series

Title Role Year(s) Notes
Chasing Dorota Dorota Kishlovsky 2009 6 episodes
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