His parents, Seweryn Zdzisław and Zofia were deported during the Second World War to Germany for forced labor, and returned after the birth of her son back to Poland.
He is the father of three children. In the late 1970s Seweryn went to France, and sat down there as well through as an actor. In 1979, he starred opposite John Gielgud in Andrzej Wajda film The conductor and received for his performance in this film, the Silver Bear at the Berlinale 1980.
He now plays on the famous Comedie Francaise in Paris and drama teacher at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts et Techniques du Theatre in Lyon. Since the 1990s, he is also more likely to see again in Polish film and theater productions, as he played in the film adaptations Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz and Zemsta by Aleksander Fredro again directed by Andrzej Wajda, or in With Fire and Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz directed by Jerzy Hoffman central roles. At the beginning of the new millennium he was talking, to take over the directorship of the renowned Teatr Stary Theatre in Krakow, but it refused. In 2006, Seweryn his debut as a film director with the film Kto never nigdy cyl ... with Michał Żebrowski in the lead role.
With the Polish actress Krystyna Janda he has a daughter. Maria Seweryn is now also an actress.