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Stefania Vaduva Popescu
Actor: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Gender: Female
Type: Human
Service of: House of Kronenberg
Relationships: Miguel, son
Yanko, son
Dragomir, son
Lucian, son
3 other unnamed sons
Adalind Schade, business client
Dead Frau Pech, rival
Viktor von Konigsburg, co-belligerent
Status: Living
TV Show:

Stefania Vaduva Popescu is the “Zigeunersprache,” or Queen of the Schwarzwald Gypsies, a group of Romani gypsies. She first appeared in "Volcanalis".


Season 2


Frau Pech brings Adalind Schade to see Stefania one night at her encampment. Stefania exchanges a few barbs with Pech but greets Adalind warmly. She notes that the Schade family's roots run deep in the woods around them, but those of the Schwarzwald gypsies run even deeper. She then invites her guests into her tent to test the blood of Adalind's baby. After having her sons, Dragomir and Lucian, restrain Adalind so she can extract the child's blood, she confirms the child is Royal and shares a drink with Frau Pech. She expresses irritation at Adalind's attempt to consume alcohol while pregnant, then offers 500,000 euros for a healthy boy or 750,000 for a healthy girl. Frau Pech scoffs, saying they could do better in Budapest, to which Stefania suggests they might not make it that far. Adalind cuts in and demands her powers back in exchange for the baby. Stefania is taken aback by this request, and admits that this may not be possible.

"The Waking Dead"

Stefania visits Adalind in her hotel room. She tells Adalind that the recovery of powers is difficult but possible. She produces a contract for Adalind to sign, but, as it is written in the Roma language, Adalind can't understand it and refuses to sign. Stefania then spinkles some powder over the bottom of the document and presses Adalind's hand on to the powdered paper. The veins on Adalind's hand become very prononuced and when Stefania lifts Adalind's hand from the paper a handprint in blood is seen on the paper. She puts the contract in her bag and leaves. Frau Pech observes her leaving Adalind's room, but Stefania does not see Frau Pech.

Later that evening, Adalind calls to tell Stefania that Frau Pech knew they had met. Stefania was calm on the phone, but immediately after hanging up flew into a rage and proceeded to smash some ornaments while cursing Frau Pech's name.

"Goodnight, Sweet Grimm"

Stefania calls Adalind to inform her that she's found a way to get rid of Frau Pech, and invites her to dinner. Once there, Stefania explains to "Adalind" that she will enlist Pech to double-cross Adalind, then when Pech arrives to negotiate a deal, she will have one of her sons garrote the elder Hexenbiest so her heart can be cut out to restore Adalind's power. An incredulous "Adalind" asks if that will work, to which Stefania replies that they'll find out. At that moment, Stefania's son Miguel appears and garrotes "Adalind," revealing the Romani queen has been aware she was Frau Pech all along. She then stabs her rival and rips out her heart through her stomach.

Season 3

"The Ungrateful Dead"

After she removed Frau Pech's heart, Stefania placed it in a hexagonal box inscribed with many runes and sigils, sealing it with blood red wax. She apologizes to Frau Pech's corpse, calling her an old friend. Stefania orders one of her sons to call Adalind.

When Adalind arrives, Stefania walks her through the first part of the ritual. She must cut off Frau Pech's hands and feet, then pluck out her eyes. She holds a cauldron for Adalind to place the body parts in.

Stefania, Adalind, Yanko, and Miguel go to a field of flowers where Stefania throws the top of the box containing Frau Pech's heart into the air. It flies around until it finally lands. Stefania instructs Adalind to dig at that spot, put Frau Pech's body parts into the hole, and bury the body parts and box containing the heart. Only moments after Adalind completes the task, all of the flowers within several meters of the spot die as green, ghostly hands rise from the ground. A delighted Stefania announces that Adalind has been accepted. Stefania then tells Adalind she must pick all the dead flowers for the next ritual.


When they return from the field, Stefania tells Adalind that she has to put the dead flowers into Frau Pech's body cavity, but the flowers insert themselves. Stefania tells Adalind that the ritual is going well and that "she" must like her. She then has Adalind sew up the corpse. When Adalind has completed the sewing, she compliments Adalind on her stitching, then tells her to cut the thread with her teeth.

After a while she hands Adalind a jar, telling her she'll want to fill it. At that moment a viscous red paste oozes from the body cavity. As Adalind struggles not to vomit, Stefania tells her that it's really very good for the skin and the baby.

"The Wild Hunt"

Stefania is walking with Adalind, telling her that her baby is almost due and very active, and that Adalind must go into hiding. She then gives Adalind a mandrake root to chew on to slow the process down.


Stefania is called into Prince Viktor's office, revealing that she had betrayed Adalind and has actually been working with the Royals to get Adalind's baby. After Adalind's escape from the two Verrat agents, Viktor initially accuses Stefania of tipping her off. Stefania denies these accusations, and concludes that the tip-off must have come from Viktor's side, stating that someone close to Viktor was working against him.


Grimm Season Three
Episodes "The Ungrateful Dead" • "PTZD" • "A Dish Best Served Cold" • "One Night Stand" • "El Cucuy" • "Stories We Tell Our Young" • "Cold Blooded" • "Twelve Days of Krampus" • "Red Menace" • "Eyes of the Beholder" • "The Good Soldier" • "The Wild Hunt" • "Revelation" • "Mommy Dearest" • "Once We Were Gods" • "The Show Must Go On" • "Synchronicity" • "The Law of Sacrifice" • "Nobody Knows the Trubel I've Seen" • "My Fair Wesen" • "The Inheritance" • "Blond Ambition"
Webisodes "Meltdown" • "Love is in the Air"
Stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe Sasha Roiz as Sean Renard Reggie Lee as Wu Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade
Recurring Alexis Denisof as Viktor von KonigsburgChristian Lagadec as SebastienDamien Puckler as Martin MeisnerMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Kelly BurkhardtJacqueline Toboni as Theresa RubelChris Mulkey as BartDee Wallace as AliceC. Thomas Howell as Weston StewardPhilip Anthony-Rodriguez as Marcus RispoliShohreh Aghdashloo as Stefania Vaduva PopescuIsley and Aria Nelson as Diana Schade-Renard
Wesen BlutbadFuchsbauHexenbiest/Half-ZauberbiestHybridHundjägerWildesheer
Mythology GrimmBlutbad-Bauerschwein FeudContaminatio RitualisGesetzbuch EhrenkodexWesen CouncilWogeSeven KeysSymbols
Organizations Portland PoliceLauferVerrat
Diseases GrausenPost-Traumatic Zombification Disorder
Locations Portland, OregonVienna, AustriaNick and Juliette's HomeMonroe and Rosalee's HomeSean Renard's HomeSpice ShopKronenberg CastleCentral Precinct Justice CenterForest Hills Storage
Seasons Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4
Quotes Opening Quotes
Grimm Season Two
Episodes "Bad Teeth" • "The Kiss" • "Bad Moon Rising" • "Quill" • "The Good Shepherd" • "Over My Dead Body" • "The Bottle Imp" • "The Other Side" • "La Llorona" • "The Hour of Death" • "To Protect and Serve Man" • "Season of the Hexenbiest" • "Face Off" • "Natural Born Wesen" • "Mr. Sandman" • "Nameless" • "One Angry Fuchsbau" • "Volcanalis" • "Endangered" • "Kiss of the Muse" • "The Waking Dead" • "Goodnight, Sweet Grimm"
Webisodes "Bad Hair Day"
Stars David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe Sasha Roiz as Sean Renard Reggie Lee as Wu Bree Turner as Rosalee Calvert Claire Coffee as Adalind Schade
Recurring Shohreh Aghdashloo as Stefania Vaduva PopescuDanny Bruno as Bud WurstnerJames Frain as Eric RenardChristian Lagadec as Renard's ConfidantMary McDonald-Lewis as Frau PechReg E. Cathey as Baron SamediMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as Kelly Burkhardt
Wesen BlutbadFuchsbauHexenbiest/Half-ZauberbiestHybridCracher-MortelEisbiber
Mythology GrimmCoins of ZakynthosFourth CrusadeSeven KeysWesen WarsGesetzbuch EhrenkodexWesen CouncilEndezeichen GrimmWogeSymbols
Organizations Portland PoliceLauferVerrat
Diseases Fluvus Pestilentia
Locations Portland, OregonVienna, AustriaNick and Juliette's HomeMonroe's HomeSean Renard's HomeSpice ShopKronenberg CastleCentral Precinct Justice CenterForest Hills Storage
DVD/Blu-ray Grimm: Season Two
Seasons Season 1Season 2Season 3Season 4
Quotes Opening Quotes

Start a Discussion Discussions about Stefania Vaduva Popescu

  • Blood Contract

    • The contract she put her handprint on to get her magic back.  She has magic and no baby. Their has to be a consequence. Could the consequence...
  • Adalind's contract with Stephania

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    • Stefania double crossed Frau Pech. Stefania killed her and used her heart to get Adalind powers back. That completed her part of the contra...
    • In "Revelation". More of a betrayal than a double cross I guess

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