Halit Ergenç was born as the son of Yeşilçam-era actor Sait Ergenç on 30 April 1970 in İstanbul. He completed his secondary education at Beşiktaş Atatürk High School in 1989 and entered İstanbul Technical University to study Marine Engineering. He left after one year to study opera at Mimar Sinan University and supported himself working as a computer operator and marketer. He briefly worked as a backing vocalist and dancer for Ajda Pekkan and Leman Sam.
In 1996 he met Mabel, Ergenç began acting at the Dormen Theatre and had his first leading role in the musical The King and I. He established himself on television with his part in the series Kara Melek. He continued working in theatre with such plays as Kiss Me, Kate, Tatlı Charity, Beni Seviyor, Kral ve Ben, Amphitrion 2000, Evita, Hayalet and Ötekiler and Şarkılar Susarsa. Following appearances in the series Köşe Kapmaca and Böyle mi Olacaktı, he went to New York and acted in the musical The Adventures of Zak.
In 2000, he acted in the films Hiç Yoktan Aşk and Ölümün El Yazısı and then the series Dedem, Gofret ve Ben and Zerda where she starred opposite Ece Uslu. Then, he had appearances in a number of plays such as ''Bugün Git Yarın Gel, Popcorn, Arapsaçı and Sevgilime Göz Kulak Ol. In 2004], he starred in the series Aliye with Sanem Çelik and Nejat İşler.
In 2005 and 2006, Ergenç acted in the films Babam ve Oğlum directed by Çağan Irmak, The Net 2.0, Tramway and İlk Aşk. Beginning in 2006, he starred as Onur Aksal in the hit series Binbir Gece which was on air until 2009. During this period he also had roles in the films Devrim Arabaları and Acı Aşk. Ergenç also starred as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the film Dersimiz Atatürk. In 2011 he starred as Suleiman the Magnificent in the hit series Muhteşem Yüzyıl until 2014.
Ergenç's mother is of Albanian descent. He is married to actress Bergüzar Korel with whom he has a son. He has stated that he likes Zeki Demirkubuz's style and Ferzan Özpetek's emotion, but prefers to work the most with Reha Erdem and Çağan Irmak who he describes as both young and talented directors.
As an actor
|1997||Böyle mi Olacaktı|
|2000||Ölümün El Yazısı|
|Hiç Yoktan Aşk|
|2001||Dedem, Gofret ve Ben|
|Esir Şehrin İnsanları|
|2005||The Net 2.0|
|Babam ve Oğlum|
|Binbir Gece||Onur Aksal|
|2011-2014||Muhteşem Yüzyıl||Suleiman the Magnificent|
- Turgut, Alper (2008-11-10). "Türkiye bir başarı öyküsüdür". Gerçek Gündem. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- "Bergüzar Korel ve Halit Ergenç evlendi.". haberturk.com. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- Halit Ergenç at the Internet Movie Database
- Muhteşem Yüzyıl - Official Fanclub in Russia
- Halit Ergenç: Suleiman the Magnificent, Modern King Shahryār and more
- Halit Ergenc on TurkishStarsDaily