Born in Hamburg in 1982, Jirka Zett studied drama at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. He worked with Antú Romero Nunes at the bat studio theatre, appeared as Camille in ‘Danton’s Death’ at the Box at the Deutsches Theater (directed by Christoph Mehler) and starred in Jürgen Gosch’s productions of ‘As You Like It’ in Hanover and ‘The Seagull’ in Berlin. Furthermore, he acted in the films ‘Afternoon’ (a film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’) and ‘Orly’, both directed by Angela Schanelec.
In 2009 Jirka Zett joined the ensemble at the Zurich Schauspielhaus. During the 2015/16 season he appeared as Pastor John Hale in ‘The Crucible’ (directed by Jan Bosse) as well as starring in productions including ‘Sea’ (directed by Barbara Frey) and René Pollesch’s ‘Clear the stage for Mick Levčik!’. In 2016/17 highlights included ‘Thermal Resistance’ (directed by Barbara Falter, invited to the Mülheim Theatertage Festival), ‘High (you know what on)’ (directed by René Pollesch), ‘Herr Puntila and his Servant, Matti’ (directed by Sebastian Baumgarten) and playing Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Threepenny Opera‘ (directed by Tina Lanik).
Jirka Zett became a permanent member of the Thalia ensemble ahead of the 2018/19 season.