Zelda Tinska

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Zelda Tinska
Born Milica Zelda Tinska
(1978-02-21) 21 February 1978 (age 39)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
Nationality Dual - British and Serbian
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Parent(s) Jelena Tinska
Dragoslav Lutovac

Milica Zelda Tinska (Serbian Cyrillic: Милица Зелда Тинска) is a Serbian actress who lives and works in London, UK. She has appeared in various TV series and films alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Madden, Paterson Joseph, Daniel Craig and many other renowned actors.


Zelda trained as a ballerina in the renowned École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France and later at a college for performing arts London Studio Centre in London, UK. She was a professional jazz, ballet and neoclassical dancer prior to becoming an actress in 1999, after being cast in the first role she auditioned for, as Sonja in The Beach opposite Leonardo DiCaprio . As an actress, she appeared in Waking The Dead, The Bill, The Beach, The Mother, Mathilde and many other productions, and has performed in English, French, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Russian and Albanian.[1] Zelda also appeared in a Tamasha Theatre Company sell out play Balti Kings, that opened at Lyric Hammersmith and Edinburgh Festival and went on a six-month UK tour. She played a female lead role of Mariam, and won excellent reviews.

Early life[edit]

Tinska is the daughter of a famous Serbian actress, ballerina, columnist, talk show host and writer Jelena Tinska and Dragoslav Lutovac, a film and television director. She has a sister, Ljubica Yentl Tinska, who is an artist. Zelda's maternal grandfather, Aleksandar Sasa Petrovic is one of the most respected Serbian translators, who translated numerous books by Shakespeare, John Updike, Salman Rushdie, Ernest Hemingway, Hubert Selby and many more, whose father was Woislav M. Petrovitch - Late Ataché to the Serbian Royal Legation to the Court of St. James. Zelda's grand-uncle Stanislav Keseljevic, was married to Denise Winckler, a daughter of France Lumière, who was sister of Auguste Lumière and Louis Lumière.


Title Year Role Notes
The Bill 1999 Mia (TV Series) Episode "Under Duress"
The Beach 2000 Sonja
Holby City 2000 Talia Dachovia (TV Series) Episode "Dispossessed"
Balti Kings Video 2001 Mariam (Short Film)
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet 2002 Irina (TV Series) 3 episodes
Hard Labour 2003 Elena (Short Film)
The Break In 2003 Joe (Short Film)
The Mother 2003 Barmaid Uncredited
Midnight Feast 2003 Mariam (Short Film)
First Time Magic 2004 Joe (Short Film)
Mathilde 2004 Dr Simić
Beneath the Skin 2005 Lena (TV Film)
The Bill 2005 Rumali (TV Series) Episode "342"
EastEnders 2007 Hostess (TV Series) 1 episode
Taximan 2008 Voice (Short Film)
Waking the Dead 2009 Olena Kuzmich (TV Series) 2 episodes
Capture Anthologies: Love, Lust and Tragedy 2010 Yelena
Coronation Street 2010 Anka / Cleaner (TV Series) 3 episodes
Sirens 2011 Ana (TV Series) 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Zelda Tinska – Languages". www.zeldatinska.com. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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