Diriliş: Ertuğrul

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Diriliş: Ertuğrul
Diriliş title card.png
Genre Historical
Created by Mehmet Bozdağ
Directed by Metin Günay
Starring Engin Altan Düzyatan
Esra Bilgiç Töre
Composer(s) Zeynep Alasya
Country of origin  Turkey
Original language(s) Turkish
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 121 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Kemal Tekden
Production location(s) Turkey, Riva
Running time 115–125 minutes
Production company(s) Tekden Film
Original network

TRT 1 (HD)

Picture format

1080i (16:9 HDTV)

Audio format 5.1 Surround Sound
Original release December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10) – present
External links
Production website

Diriliş: Ertuğrul (English: "Resurrection: Ertugrul") is a Turkish historical adventure television series created by Mehmet Bozdağ, starring Engin Altan Düzyatan and Esra Bilgiç Töre in leading roles. It is filmed in Riva, a village in Beykoz, Turkey, and premiered on TRT 1 in Turkey on December 10, 2014. The show is based on the history of the Muslim Oghuz Turks and takes place in the 13th century. It centers around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I, who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire.


In response to the Mongol invasions Turkic tribes flee from Central Asia. The Kayi tribe, one of the Oghuz Turkic people, settle in Anatolia with four hundred large nomad tents. After getting through a difficult time of famine they determine to migrate to a better place where they can start a new life. Suleyman Shah (Serdar Gökhan) is the leader of the Kayi tribe. Suleyman Shah has four sons, Sungurtekin, Gündoğdu, Ertuğrul and the youngest Dundar. The older brother Sungurtekin was captured by the Mongols and was missing, His two sons Gündoğdu and Ertuğrul are loyal to him and participate in tribal affairs. Dundar is still not of age to get full participation in tribal affairs.

Ertuğrul (Engin Altan Düzyatan), a younger son of Suleyman Shah, often goes hunting with three close friends (Bamsi, Dogan, and Turgut). During a hunt they encounter the transport of three condemned prisoners by the Knights Templar. Ertuğrul and his friends kill the knights and save the lives of the three prisoners who were to be executed; a young girl named Halime (Esra Bilgiç), her father, and her brother.

Without knowing the true identity of the rescued prisoners (that they belong to a noble family of the Seljuk Empire) Ertugrul and his friends bring them to the nomad group. Fear of being caught again leads Halime and her family to not reveal their true identity.

The arrival of Halime and her family at the group brings new difficulties to the Kayi tribe. The Seljuk Empire threatens war if the family doesn't return, and the Knights Templar seek revenge for the rescue. These threats cause some nomads to blame Suleyman Shah for poor leadership in not avoiding these problems. The group's unrest serves the ambition of Kurdoğlu, a sworn brother of Suleyman Shah. Kurdoğlu's desire is to remove Suleyman Shah and take over his position as the leader of the Kayi tribe.

Seeking to solve the unrest, Suleyman Shah sends Ertuğrul on a mission to find a new place for the nomad group to settle. He specifically sends Ertuğrul and his three friends to Aleppo to seek an agreement with the Sultan; an event that sets off the chain of events that ultimately lead to the founding of the Ottoman Empire..


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 26 December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10) June 17, 2015 (2015-06-17)
2 35 September 30, 2015 (2015-09-30) June 8, 2016 (2016-06-08)
3 30 October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) June 14, 2017 (2017-06-14)
4 30 October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25) June 6, 2018 (2018-06-06)
5 30 September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30) 2019 (2019)

Cast and characters[edit]

Played by Character Description
Engin Altan Düzyatan Ertuğrul Gazi The father of Gündüz Alp, Savci Bey and Osman Gazi I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. Third son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. After the death of his father, lead a portion of the tribe to the western borders of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum and established himself as bey of his own Kayi tribe. Later became a senior operative of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. Conquered Hanli Pazar (public market) and earned the title of "uç bey" (margrave or principality bey) of the westernmost principality of the sultanate. As uç bey, he conquered Karaçahisar Castle.
Esra Bilgiç Töre Halime Sultan or Halime Hatun Wife of Ertuğrul and the mother of Gündüz Alp, Savci Bey and Osman Gazi I, founder of the Ottoman Empire. She is the daughter of Shahzade Numan, a member of the royal family and brother to Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm. She became the headmistress of the kayı tribe after Ertuğrul Bey became the leader of the Kayı. She was considered as a powerful woman of that time and many people were afraid of her bravery. She fought with many enemies along with her husband.
Serdar Gökhan Suleyman Shah Leader of the Kayi tribe and father of Ertuğrul, Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin and Dündar, grandfather of Osman Gazi I. Father in law of Halime Hatun and Selcan Hatun.
Hülya Darcan Hayme Hatun Mother of Ertuğrul, Gündoğdu, Sungurtekin and Dündar. Wife of Suleyman Shah and grandmother of Osman Gazi I. Mother-in-law of Halime Hatun and Selcan Hatun.
Kaan Taşaner Gündoğdu Bey Eldest son of Suleyman Shah and oldest brother of Ertuğrul.
Arda Anarat (Season 1-2) & Batuhan Karacakaya (Season 3-4) Dündar Bey Youngest son of Suleyman Shah, younger brother of Ertuğrul and the paternal uncle of Osman Gazi I. Although very loving & loyal towards Ertuğrul & his family, yet gets swayed by the influence of others makes wrong decisions due to his naivette.
Yaman Tumen (Season 3) Gündüz Alp Oldest son of Ertuğrul Gazi and Halime Hatun. Brother of Saru Batu Savcı Bey and Osman Gazi I, founder of the Ottoman Empire.
Barış Bağcı Bayju Noyan One of the Commanders of the Mongols, appointed by Ögedei Khan to expand Mongol power in Anatolia.
Gönül Nagiyeva Alandoya or Almıla Alandoya is Noyan's sister and serves him. Almila is the name she uses to infiltrate into the Kayi tribe.
Hüseyin Özay Korkut Bey Leader of the Dodurga tribe and older brother of Hayme Hatun.
Uğur Güneş Tuğtekin Bey Son of Korkut Bey. Chief alp of the Dodurga tribe and first cousin of Ertuğrul and his brothers.
Kaptan Gürman Geyikli Dervish Lives in the forest. Helps Ertuğrul on his quest.
Osman Soykut Ibn Arabi Andalusian Sufi mystic and spiritual leader of the East. Helps Ertuğrul and his friends.
Murat Garipağaoğlu Sa'd al-Din Köpek / Emir Sadettin Köpek An important Seljuk court administrator and Minister of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I. A consistent adversary of Ertuğrul, his only motive is to seize complete power & control of Seljuk Empire for himself.
Cengiz Coşkun Turgut Alp One of the three alps of Ertuğrul, together with Bamsi Beyrek and Doğan Alp who are blood brothers with him. Fights with an axe instead of with a traditional sword. Later became chief alp of the Kayi tribe, and then leader of the Cavdar tribe.
Hande Subaşı Aykız Childhood sweetheart and First wife of Turgut Alp and spiritual daughter of Hayme Hatun. Killed in a Mongol raid against the Kayi tribe.
Didem Balçın Selcan Hatun Wife of Gündoğdu and daughter-in-law of Hayme Hatun and Suleyman Shah. Older sister of Gökçe.
Burcu Kıratlı Gökçe Younger sister of Selcan Hatun. She has an unrequitted love for Ertuğrul. Later becomes wife of Tuğtekin of the Dodurga tribe.
Eren Sakcı Efrasiyab Iranian merchant. Secretly cooperating with Noyan.
Mehmet Çevik Deli Demir The blacksmith of the Kayi tribe. A good and loyal friend of Suleyman Shah. Father of Aykız. He has a strong personality.
Hakan Vanlı Kurdoğlu Bey Sworn Brother of Suleyman Shah and leader of many nomad families of the Kayi tribe. Secretly plots to make himself the leader of the Kayi tribe.
Celal Al Abdur Rahman Alp Loyal Alp of Ertuğrul. Chief guard of Hayme Hatun and good friends with Turgut Alp, Doğan Alp and Bamsi Beyrek.
Nurettin Sönmez Bamsi Beyrek One of the three alps of Ertuğrul, together with Turgut Alp and Doğan Alp who are blood brothers with him. Very loyal and good-hearted. Somewhat slow-thinking and prone to emotional outburst. Fights with two swords.
Cavit Çetin Güner Doğan Alp One of the three alps of Ertuğrul, together with Turgut Alp and Bamsi Beyrek who are blood brothers with him.
Turgut Tunçalp Afşin Bey Loyal Commander of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum often carrying out secret missions for the state.
Sedat Savtak Shahzade Numan Exiled prince of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. Father of Halime Hatun and Shehzade Yiğit. Brother of Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I
Levent Öktem Petruccio Manjini, Üstad-ı Azam Knights Templar Grand Vizier of the Order Council. His main purpose is to destroy the Muslims and recapture Jerusalem.
Serdar Deniz Titus Commander of Knights Templar. Obsessively seeks to kill Ertuğrul as revenge for Ertuğrul killing his younger brother in a fair fight.
Burak Temiz Shehzade Yiğit Son of Shehzade Numan and younger brother of Halime Hatun.
Mehmet Emin Inci Emir El-Aziz Ayyubid emir of Aleppo, grandson of Salah ad-Din Ayyubi.
Gökhan Atalay Atabey Şahabeddin The uncle of Sultan El-Aziz.
Hamit Demir Akçakoca Leader of some of the nomad families of the Kayi tribe and friend of Suleyman Shah.
Reshad Strik Claudius (Ömer) A great Knight that was assigned to assassin Ibn Arabi only to become his pupil (Muslim) and later saves Ertuğrul's life.
Fahri Öztezcan Ilyas Fakih Apprentice of Ibn Arabi and friend of Ertuğrul. Later stays in the Kayi tribe on Ibn Arabi's request.
Sezgin Erdemir Sungurtekin Bey Second son of Suleyman Shah and Hayme Hatun. He disappeared for years, and his family thought he was dead, but then he appeared as the sultan's spy to the Mongols. Later he came back to the tribe after the Mongols realized that he was a spy.
Erden Alkan Candar Bey Leader of Çavdaroğlu tribe. Father of Aliyar Bey, Ural Bey and Aslihan Hatun.
Kürşat Alnıaçık Ural Bey Eldest son of Candar Bey. Very ambitious and will do everything to get what he wants.
Osman Albayrak Batuhan Bey Ural Bey's loyal alp.
Cem Uçan Aliyar Bey Younger son of Candar Bey. Pious, scholarly and level headed young man. Formidable archer as well as a master detective. Forms a strong, unshakeable bond of brotherhood with Ertuğrul. In battles, wields his trademark two-pointed sword & dagger, seemingly inspired by Zulfiqar the legendary sword of the Fourth Caliph, Hazret Ali. Became leader of the Cavdar tribe for a short time after the death of his father.
Gülçin Santırcıoğlu Çolpan Hatun / Ekaterina Wife of Ural Bey and daughter of former tekfur (governor) of Karaçahisar Castle. She is of Greek origin and is a hidden Christian.
Mualla Sahin Aybüke From the Cavdar tribe. Works for Colpan Hatun.
Gulsim Ali Aslıhan Hatun Little sister of Ural Bey and Aliyar Bey. Youngest daughter of Candar Bey and leader of the Çavdaroğlu tribe after Aliyar Bey's death. Later became Turgut Alp's new wife.
Sedef Sahin Maria Simon's sister. Expert in poisons. A lady of the Templars.
Lebip Gökhan Ustad Simon Owner of Hanli Pazar and local master & commander of Knights Templar.
Çağdaş Onur Öztürk Vasilius Originally a Byzantine military commander, he is promoted as Tekfur (Governor) of Karaçahisar Castle. Obsessed with the idea of driving away all Turks from his lands, plots almost ceaselessly against Ertuğrul.
Gökhan Bekletenler Haçaturyan Usta An Armenian gold miner and gold smith who became a slave. Freed by Ertugrul and became his spy in Karacahisar Castle. A good spirited person. Killed by Ural Bey.
Ezgi Esma Kürklü Banu Çiçek A hatun of the Dodurga tribe. A brave woman and skilled in swordsmanship. Later marries Doğan Alp and becomes a hatun of the Kayı tribe.
Burak Hakkı Sultan Alaeddin Kayqubad I Sultan of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum who was followed by the Anatolian Turkish tribes. A highly respected Sultan who brought the sultanate to its zenith.
Ayberk Pekcan Artuk Bey One of the respected and wise beys of the Dodurga tribe before he met Ertuğrul. Joined Ertuğrul and the Kayi tribe in the journey to western Anatolia. An experienced physician. He became Ertuğrul's right hand man in administering the Han Bazaar and Karacahisar Castle. He is very loyal to Ertuğrul and his cause.
Burçin Abdullah Hafsa Hatun /Helena Daughter of the Karacahisar Tekfur (Governor) and came from a noble lineage. Later lives with the Kayı tribe and became Bamsi Beyrek's wife, converted to Islam and changed her name to Hafsa.
Edip Zeydan Dumrul Alp One of Ertuğrul's senior alps and also a fellow spy and friend of Haçaturyan Usta in Karacahisar Castle. Mostly battles alongside Samsa Alp and Günküt Alp.
Orhan Kiliç Atsiz Ertuğrul's saver when he became a slave. Later becomes Ertuğrul's spy in Karacahisar Castle in the time of Tekfur Vasilius. Originally Seljuk.
Melih Özdoğan Samsa Alp One of Tuğtekin's alp and also his blood brother. Later he becomes one of Ertuğrul's senior alps after Tuğtekin's death. He is very loyal to both Tuğtekin and Ertuğrul.
Kara Tolga Hamza Alp Gündögdu Bey's senior alp. Disillusioned by misunderstandings towards Gündögdu Bey, he defects to Noyan. However, he repents later and helps Gündögdu Bey catch Noyan.
Gökhan Oskay Kaya Alp He was an Alp of Dodurga nomad tribe and Korkut Bey's guard. Later he becomes one of Ertuğrul's Alps.
Attila Kiliç Bogaç Alp He was Tuğtekin's loyal Alp and also his and Samsa's blood brother. However, possesses a doubtful character.
Hakan Serim Günküt Alp One of Ertuğrul's senior alps. He likes to joke, especially to Bamsı Alp and is often at the receiving end of a friendly banter.
Elif Sümbül Sert Amanda A Greek perfume trader at Hanli Pazar, she is also revealed to be a paramour and accomplice of Ural Bey.
Oya Unustasi Sügay Hatun From a far away tribe. Ertugrul found her whilst in mourning; she was burying her child. She became Osman's milk mother and lived in the Kayi tribe thereon.
Muharrem Özcan Tangut Noyan's right hand man. A Mongol.
Evrim Solmaz Aytolun Hatun Korkut Bey's second wife. Sister of Gümüstekin and Aunt of Goncagül. Step mother of Tugtekin.
Zeynep Kiziltan Goncagül Daughter of Gümüstekin and niece of Aytolun.
Mehmet Polat Gümüstekin Bey Aytolun's brother. Worked for Sultan Alaeddin.
Çaglar Yigitogullari Ulu Bilge Saman Mongol. Communicates with the 'spirits'. Loyal to Noyan.
Firat Topkorur Tüccar Hasan / Petrus Works undercover countless times for Vasilius.
Cemal Hünal Ares / Ahmet Tekfur (Governor) at the Karaçahisar Castle. Ertugrul's enemy whom later becomes a Muslim and Ertugrul's ally.
Arda Öziri Goktug Emir Sadettin Köpek's Loyal soldier.
Hakan Onat Angelos a Knight. Bilecik Tekfuru Kritos's son.
Hasan Sahinturk Bilecik Tekfuru Kritos Tekfur (Governor).
Ertugrul Postoglu Bahadir Bey Aslihan's uncle. Candar Bey's younger brother. Veteran of the wars in the east. Bey of his own branch of the Cavdar tribe. Wants to be the head of his elder brother's tribe and will stop at nothing to become the Bey.
Gürbey Ileri Sancar Bey Bahadir Bey's son. Hot tempered. He was exiled by Ertugrul.
Sinem Uslu Mahperi Hatun Sultan Alaeddin's first wife and Prince Gıyaseddin's mother. Her greed for her son becoming the next heir causes her to unite with Emir Sadettin Köpek.
Engin Öztürk Günalp His father was the commander in chief, Tayi Bey, loyal to Sultan Alaeddin. He, alongside his wife and son were killed for being loyal to the state. Kopek "rescued" Gunlap when he survived the attack. Gunalp is fiercely loyal to the state like his parents. He is also devoted to Emir Sadettin Köpek, however he is completely unaware of Kopek's true nature and crimes.
Ogün Kaptanoglu Titan A knight, works alongside Ares.
Hasan Küçükçetin Atabeyi Altun Aba Mahperi Hatun's loyal servant.
Beyzanur Mete Alçiçek Kayi tents maid. Looks after Halime Hatouns children.
Sera Tokdemir Marya Simko, who trades servants, gave her to Ares as a present to spy on him. She was rescued by the Kayi tribe when they took over the castle and she married Artuk Bey. She betrayed the Muslims by sending secret messages to Bilecik. Emir Sadettin Köpek helped her to escape when she was caught in exchange for spying on Bilecik Tekfuru Kritos.
Prince Kilic Arslan Sultan Alaeddin's younger son with wife Melike Adile Hatun, whom he wanted to be the heir to his throne. His mother is from the Ayubi Dynasty.
Melike Adile Hatun Sultan Alaeddin's second wife, from the Ayubi Dynasty. Mother of Prince Kilic Arslan.
Prince Gıyaseddin Sultan Alaeddin's older son with wife Mahperi Hatun. He is loyal to the state (his father) and bares no ill will to his younger brother and his mother. He is level headed and sensible. He stands by Ertugrul and denounced his mothers wrong doing.
Teo He hates Turks and is Vasilius's Commander.
Esma Aslihan's maid who betrays her.
Alpamis Alp Bahadir Bey's Alp who works for Emir Sadettin Köpek.
Simko Slave Trader. He kidnaps Ertugrul to trade in for gold.
Pito A thief imprisoned by Simko to sell as a slave. He helps Ertuğrul to escape.
Kayraldi Emir Sadettin Köpek's loyal right hand man.
Aydogmus Günalp's first hand man, however he serves Emir Sadettin Köpek.


The series is written and produced by Mehmet Bozdağ and directed by Metin Günay. The theme music is by Alpay Göktekin. It has aired since December 10, 2014 on TRT 1 (Turkey).

As for the choreography of the show, Nomad, the special choreography crew of movies such as The Expendables 2, 47 Ronin, and Conan the Barbarian, was invited to Turkey. The crew prepared special choreographies for actors, horses and other scenes.

There are 25 horses on the set, attended by a veterinarian. All are maintained on horse farm in Riva. A special area similar to a zoo (but on a smaller scale) was created for all the animals which appear in the show, which include sheep, goats, nightingales and partridges.

The TV series is a milestone in Turkey with respect to its administration of art. Copper and other metallic accessories are accumulated from various parts of Turkey.[1]

A representative of TRT stated that the series "aim to strengthen the nationhood sentiment of Turkish people by teaching the audience how the Turkish state came into existence, through a combination of history and quality entertainment."[2]

Social media[edit]

Rating figures marked Diriliş: Ertuğrul as the best breakthrough Turkish TV series of the 2014 Season. The first episode shook Turkish social media after it was aired on Wednesday. This series is best known in Turkey and the Middle East, epically in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. [3]

Broadcast schedule[edit]

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season Finale Number of episodes TV channel
Season 1 19:55 December 10, 2014 June 17, 2015 26 TRT 1
Season 2 19:55 September 30, 2015 June 8, 2016 35 TRT 1
Season 3 19:55 October 26, 2016 June 14, 2017 30 TRT 1
Season 4 20:00 - 20.30 - 20.45 October 25, 2017 June 6, 2018 30 TRT 1
Season 5 20:00 - 20.30 - 20.45 October 30, 2018 , 2019 30 TRT 1

Rating in Turkey[edit]

Episodes Total
1 5.53
2 5.82
3 5.96
4 6.13
5 5.93
6 5.60
7 5.06
8 4.87
9 5.71
10 5.61
11 5.44
12 5.72
13 5.28
14 5.50
15 5.62
16 5.31
17 5.30
18 5.98
19 5.37
20 5.76
21 6.02
22 6.42
23 5.57
24 5.21
25 4.87
26 4.06
27 5.27
28 6.01
29 6.33
30 6.81
31 7.17
32 6.74
33 7.23
34 7.66
35 7.15
36 8.08
37 8.60
38 8.90
39 9.11
40 9.20
41 9.48
42 9.86
43 9.37
44 8.87
45 9.24
46 9.65
47 9.31
48 9.24
49 9.93
50 9.67
51 9.92
52 9.99
53 10.41
54 9.13
55 8.87
56 9.34
57 9.06
58 9.58
59 8.93
60 8.77
61 9.00
62 11.19
63 9.59
64 10.12
65 11.42
66 13.83
67 11.68
68 11.69
69 13.71
70 13.17
71 12.62
72 12.90
73 13.21
74 12.42
75 12.61
76 12.45
77 12.88
78 12.90
79 12.53
80 13.42
81 13.27
82 12.86
83 14.12
84 13.87
85 14.38
86 13.81
87 11.03
88 12.13
89 10.85
90 10.31
91 9.6
92 13.04
93 12.98
94 13.66
95 14.68
96 16.40
97 14.79
98 16.52
99 16.69
100 16.73
101 16.03
102 17.00 (highest rating)
103 16.38
104 14.94
105 14.62
106 14.69
107 14.47
108 15.13
109 15.61
110 15.06
111 14.81
112 13.90
113 14.66
114 14.60
115 14.99
116 12.62
117 13.11
118 10.77
119 9.97
120 10.51

International broadcasting[edit]

Country Network Series premiere
 Afghanistan Tolo TV September, 2015
 Albania TV Klan October 17, 2015
 Algeria Echorouk TV October, 2017
 Arab World Nilesat & Arabsat satellite channels
Qatar TV
Al Noor TV
Al Yarmouk TV
Daawa Channel
January 16, 2017
 Azerbaijan ATV December, 2015
 Bangladesh Ekushey Television
Maasranga Television
September 14, 2016
April 2, 2017
 Chile Televisión Nacional de Chile
 Indonesia Trans7 August 24, 2015
 Kazakhstan Channel 31 March 29, 2016
 Pakistan Hum Sitaray August 24, 2015
 Uzbekistan ZO’R TV Summer, 2018
 Northern Cyprus TRT 1 December 10, 2014