Okan Yalabık

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Okan Yalabık
Born (1978-12-13) December 13, 1978 (age 35)
Bigadiç-Balıkesir, Turkey
Residence Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkey Turkey
Alma mater Istanbul University State Conservatory
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997-present
Height 186 cm

Okan Yalabık (Turkish pronunciation: [oˈkan jalaˈbɯk]) (born 13 December 1978 in Bigadiç, Balıkesir[1]) is a Turkish actor.


Born on December 13, 1978, Okan Yalabık decided to be an actor during his secondary school years. He was involved in the theatre club activities of his school and then he wanted to a have formal acting education, so he started İstanbul University State Conservatory, Department of Performing Arts. There he was educated by professionals, one of which was Yıldız Kenter, a Turkish actress.

After that, he started his professional career in TV series in 2000, with three major roles that followed. The first one was Serseri in 2003, where he played Ömer Yelkenci, a jobless but warm-hearted young man who fell in love with a rich girl and finally won her heart. In the 2006 Hatırla Sevgili, Okan played Necdet, a romantic, thoughtful and friendly man who owned a patisserie and who fell in love with a girl, who had unfortunately fallen for another man. Yalabık's most recent success of is Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha in Muhteşem Yüzyıl, which granted him the best actor award in 2011[citation needed].

Yalabık also played in several films, the most recent of which are Pains of Autumn and Hunting Season. In 2011 Okan received the best co-starring actor award for his role (policeman Hasan) in Hunting Season.

As an actor who takes his profession very seriously, Okan has never fallen far from acting on the stage and since his years in the Conservatory, and has been taking part in some plays, among which are The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dealer’s Choice, The 39 Steps and finally Bayrak (The Flag), which is currently being staged in İstanbul. He received two awards in 2008 and 2009 for stage plays.[citation needed] In 39 Steps, he role-played more than 10 characters because of the special structure of the play.

Okan’s abilities are not limited with acting. He is also a voice actor. He played the main character Po in Turkish localizations of Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2 as well as taking part in the dubbing of a couple of other animations. He also played the Arabic and Colombian Walla in the 2011 PlayStation 3 game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. He is also known for being involved in numerous television advertisement campaigns.


Year Film/TV Serie/Theatre Role Notes
 ? Sırça Kümes Theatre
Bayrak Theatre
Nükte Theatre
Martı Theatre
2000 Yılan Hikayesi Commissar Tayfun TV Serie, 2nd season
2001 Yılan Hikayesi Commissar Tayfun TV Serie, 3rd season
Aşkım Aşkım Tarkancan TV Mini Serie
2002 Yıldızların Altında Engin TV Serie
Zeybek Ateşi Kerem TV Serie
Gülüm Serhat Movie
2003 Serseri Ömer Yelkenci TV Serie
Çaylak Evren TV Serie
Başyapıt The Compositor Short Film
Inishmore'lu Yüzbaşı Theatre
2004 Avrupa Yakası Necdet Aygün TV Serie, 1st season
Büyü Cemil Movie
2005 Sensiz Olmuyor Can TV Serie
Çapkın Özgür TV Serie
Sen Ne Dilersen Stavro Movie
Kumarbazın Seçimi Carl Theatre
2006 Hatırla Sevgili Necdet TV Serie, 1st season
Arka Sokaklar Özgür TV Series, 5th season
Kumarbazın Seçimi Carl Theatre
Kabuslar Evi: Hayal-i Cihan Burak/Cihan Movie
İlk Aşk Rasim Movie
2007 Hatırla Sevgili Necdet TV Serie, 2nd season
Kumarbazın Seçimi Carl Theatre
39 Basamak Theatre
Donkey Xote Turkish Voice[2]
2008 Hatırla Sevgili Necdet TV Serie, 3rd season
Kumarbazın Seçimi Carl Theatre
39 Basamak Theatre
Kung Fu Panda Po[3] Turkish Voice[4]
Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber Turkish Voice[5]
2009 Bu Kalp Seni Unutur Mu? Kerim TV Serie, 1st season
Güz Sancısı Stavro Movie
2010 Bu Kalp Seni Unutur Mu? Kerim TV Serie, 2nd season
Umut Yolcuları Erhan Gül TV Serie, 12th episode
PesPese Kaan Movie
Av Mevsimi Çömez Hasan Movie
2011 Bir İlkbahar Masalı Melih Movie
2011-2013 Muhteşem Yüzyıl Pargalı İbrahim Pasha TV Series


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