The David and the Elves cast features Cyprian Grabowski, Jakub Zając and Anna Smolowik. This info article contains minor spoilers for Michał Rogalski’s 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
David and the Elves takes place in Warsaw, Poland. One year after receiving an elf figurine, a young boy meets one of Santa’s real helpers. The Polish Christmas movie follows David and his parents as they experience the magic of the holiday season. Here’s every main performer and character in David and the Elves (Dawid i Elfy).
David and the Elves Cast: Cyprian Grabowski as David
Character Profile: A Warsaw adolescent. He receives an Albert the Elf figurine and comes face to face with Santa’s top helper one year later. David believes in the magic of Christmas and speaks to his deceased relatives.
Grabowski’s Resume: Young Mieczyslaw Kosz in Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz (2019)
David and the Elves Cast: Jakub Zając as Albert the Elf
Character Profile: A five-time winner of the Elf of the Year award. He travels to Warsaw and worries about turning into a figurine. Albert tries to ensure that he’s appreciated by David and others during Christmas.
Zając’s Resume: Krystian Wróblewski in The Teacher (2016-17), Norbert in Be Prepared (2017), Young Zenek Martyniuk in Zenek (2020), Damian in Przyjaciólki (2021), Adam in My Wonderful Life (2021)
David and the Elves Cast: Anna Smolowik as Hania
Character Profile: David’s mother who moved the family to Warsaw in order to be closer to the opera. She complains about her son believing in “crap.” Hania receives a treasure map that she believes is a gift from her husband.
Smolowik’s Resume: Tereska in Blondynka (2013-20), Julia Sienkiewicz in Druga szansa (2016), Kaja Szewczyk in Diagnoza (2017-18), Ilona in Squared Love (2021), Magda Borowska in In for a Murder (2021)
David and the Elves Cast: Michał Czernecki as Piotr
Character Profile: David’s father. He wears a fake Santa beard during the Christmas season and receives a mysterious drum set. Piotr tries to convince his son that Santa and his magical helpers aren’t real.
Czernecki’s Resume: Piotr Kusy in Na dobre i na zle (2005-06), Robal in The Londoners (2008-09), Lukasz Trzcinski in Krew z krwi (2012), Piotr Sadzik in Diagnoza (2017-19), Pawel Witkowski in Skazana (2021)
David and the Elves Cast: Cezary Żak as Santa Claus
Character Profile: The real Santa Claus. He struggles with high cholesterol and bad experiences with humans. Santa always wanted to be a plumber and gets criticized by his wife for lazily handing out smartphones every year on Christmas.
Żak’s Resume: Fuks in Taxi Driver (1999), Perelka in The Revenge (2002), Pawel Koziol in Ranczo (2006-16), Henryk Zielinski in Druga szansa (2016-18), Tadeusz Zakowski in Receptura (2021)
David and the Elves Cast: Monika Krzywkowska as Mrs. Claus
Character Profile: Santa’s wife. She has received an annual iron from her husband on Christmas for 134 consecutive years. Mrs. Claus makes a “mean cheesecake” and isn’t impressed with Albert the Elf’s “self-important” behavior.
Krzywkowska’s Resume: Hanka in Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000), Ania in Pól serio (2000), Maciek’s wife in Kvinden der drømte om en mand (2010), Sylwia Miller in Skazane (2015), Marta Solwecka in Mecenas Porada (2021)
David and the Elves Cast: Piotr Rogucki as Erwin the Elf
Character Profile: Santa’s assistant. He drives a sleigh on Christmas and curiously observes Alfred. Erwin doesn’t know how to love but tries the best he can.
Rogucki’s Resume: Chudy in Time of Honor (2009-11), Alek Bromski in 2XL (2013), Czarny in Skazane (2015), Kola in Il traduttore (2016), Ryszard Borkowski in Stulecie Winnych (2020-21)
The David and the Elves cast also includes Elżbieta Jarosik (Ekipa, Skazane), Witold Dębicki (Instynkt, Lesniczówka), Ramat Sandra Musa (feature debut), Antoni Zukowski (feature debut) and Aleksandra Karwowska (feature debut).
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