Born in Vienna in 1992, Vidina Popov studied acting from 2012 to 2016 at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, after initial theatre experiences at Vienna's Volkstheater. As part of her studies she worked with Anita Vulesica, Volker Lösch and Niklaus Helbling, among others.
In 2013 she wrote the monologue Ich bin Bulgare?! (I'm Bulgarian!?), which she performed at the TiKQ Salzburg, the Bulgarian theatre in Vienna and the Deutsches Theater Berlin's Box venue. Together with the rest of her class, she received the ensemble prize at the Schauspielschultreffen festival for acting schools in 2015.
During her studies she performed at the Körber Studio Junge Regie, Burgtheater Casino and HAU. She also appeared as a guest performer at Schlosstheater Wien and Theater Erlangen. After her studies, she attended Philippe Gaulier's clown school in Paris.
She was an ensemble member at the Landestheater Niede for the 2016/2017 season and a guest performer at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. On television she can be seen in various projects, including the new ARD series Der Lissabon Krimi (The Lisbon Crime Drama) in the female leading role, Das letzte Problem, directed by Karl Markovic and Tatort Borowski directed by Nicole Wegmann. Popov has been a member of the Gorki ensemble since the 2017/2018 season, where she has worked with the directors Sebastian Nübling, Yael Ronen and Marta Gornicka, among others. She appears in UND SICHER IST MIT MIR DIE WELT VERSCHWUNDEN directed by Sebastian Nübling, which was chosen by Theater heute as play of the year for 2021 and in SLIPPERY SLOPE directed Yael Ronen, which was invited to the 2022 Theatertreffen festival. She has been nominated for best young actress multiple times for her roles in ALLES SCHWINDEL, UND SICHER IST MIT MIR DIE WELT VERSCHWUNDEN and SLIPPERY SLOPE by Theater heute. In 2023 she received the Gordana Kosanović Acting Award, which had previously gone to Angela Winkler and Herbert Fritsch, among others.
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