Agnieszka Holland urodzila sie 28 listopada 1948 w Warszawie. Studiowala rezyserie w Czechoslowacji w praskiej FAMU.
Kariere filmowa rozpoczela wspolpraca z Krzysztofem Zanussim. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before directing her own films, which were soon winning awards at festivals - [ Cannes (1980), Gdansk, Berlin (1981), Montreal (1985,1987), Golden Globe Award (1991)] - and gaining notoriety as part of the Polish New Wave.

W stanach Zjednoczonych znana jest glownie z produkcji, ktore mialy nominacje do Oscarow: "Angry Harvest", "Europa, Europa", i produkcje Warner Bros: "Olivier, Olivier" i "The Secret Garden". In 1994 rezyserowala w Stanach Zjednoczonych "Red Wind", a thriller for television produced by Sydney Pollack, which was aired on Arte in the series Fallen Angels. A year later she made "Total Eclipse". In 1996 she has directed "Washington Square" in the United States, starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Albert Finney, and in 1999 she has directed "The Third Miracle" with Ed Harris. Her latest movies are "Golden Dreams" for Disneyland, "Shot in the Heart" for HBO, and "Julia Walking Home"(2001).