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Engin Akyürek
Engin Akyürek "bi küçük Eylül Meselesi" Premier 11.02.2014.jpg
Akyürek in 2014
Born Engin Akyürek
(1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 36)
Ankara, Turkey
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Engin Akyürek (born 12 October 1981 in Ankara) is a Turkish actor and journalist. He is one of the most-prominent actors in Turkey and is the recipient of several awards, including a Seoul International Drama Awards, three Televizyon Dizisi Awards, and a Kristal Fare Award.

Early life and education[edit]

Engin Akyürek was born on October 12, 1981 in Ankara, Turkey. His father is a government official and his mother is a homemaker. He has a younger brother.[1] Akyürek graduated from Ankara University in 2002, where he studied in the history department.


"Acting is not just putting on a costume and saying your lines" [2]
Engin Akyürek
"I don't believe in luck, or chance. It is important to have talent and substance. Actually, luck, talent, and doing the right thing at the right time is what makes us. But, the most important, distinguishing factor is talent." [3]
Engin Akyürek

Film and television[edit]

In 2004, two years after graduating from university, Engin Akyürek took part in the “Turkiye’nin Yildizlari” (Turkey's Star) TV competition.[1] His first place win in this competition landed him a supporting role in the TV series, Yabanci Damat (2004–2007), produced by Yagmur Taylan and Durul Taylan.[4] His performance as Kadir Sadıkoglu won him critical acclaim and led to his first film debut in Zeki Demirkubuz's Kader (2006). For his portrayal of Cevat in this film, Engin Akyürek received the “Most Promising Actor” award for both the Turkish Cinema Awards[5] and for CASOD (Cagdas Sinema Oyuncuları Dernegi) Awards in 2006.[6] Thereafter, he starred in the role of Nizipli Halim in the TV series, Karayilan (TV), a story that took place in Gaziantep (2007–2008), a story that took place during the French Occupation. Akyürek played the male psychotic lover, Mustafa Bulut, in the TV series Bir Bulut Olsam, written by Meral Okay and produced by Ulas Inanc.[7] Also, he played the male romantic lead, Kerim Ilgaz, in Fatmagul'un Sucu Ne? (2010–2012), a TV series about societal issues surrounding a rape victim. The original scenario of Fatmagul'un Sucu Ne? by Vedat Turkali, is written by Ece Yorenc and Melek Gencoglu for TV Drama and produced by Kerem Catay.[8] He played a character named Tekin in a movie called Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi written and directed by Kerem Deren . The movie takes place in Bozcaada (2014).[9][10] He came back to the TV screens with Omer character in Kara Para Aşk TV series in 2014 for which he won best actor in Seoul International Drama Awards[11] (2015) and was nominated for the International Emmy Award in Best actor category.[12]


In 2007, Engin Akyürek acted in the original Turker Inanoglu production of “Romantika Muzikali,” directed by Sakir Gurzumar, in which he played the leading role of Ceto, the brave neighborhood guy.



Title Year Role Notes
Kader 2006 Cevat Turkish Cinema Award (SIYAD) for “Most Promising Actor”

CASOD (Cagdas Sinema Oyuncuları Dernegi) Oyunculuk Award in 2006 for “Most Promising Actor”

A Small September Affair 2014 Tekin Bulut (Tek) It was released on February 14, 2014. He plays a critically acclaimed character of a naive, innocent man who is not gifted with physical beauty but instead a beautiful heart. He lives alone on an island in his self made paradise but falls quickly and deeply in love first time with a beautiful city girl who gives him attention. However their love is illfated and filled with heartbreak when she forgets him after a head injury and he has to make her remember their love. This movie is his comeback into the feature films of cinema in Turkey.


Title Year Role Notes
Yabancı Damat 2004–2007 Kadir Sadıkoglu He plays a baker of a sweet shop engaged to Nazli, the daughter of the shop owner. His typical old traditional ways make him unsuitable to Nazli who runs away from home before their wedding preparation starts. He then ventures out into the wild world of fast paced city life to find her and bind her in marriage. He is faced with many hilarious situations when has to somehow win the girl's heart from a Greek boy whom she has fallen in love with while she had run away from home. Although not evil at heart, the naughty tricks Kadir plays on the Greek boy to annoy him make him a memorable character.
Karayilan 2007–2008 Nizipli Halim He plays a pure, innocent, loyal, ignorant, but at the same time very funny and tough character fighting for the liberation of Gaziantep City from the occupying French forces during the Turkish Independence War.
Bir Bulut Olsam 2008–2009 Mustafa Bulut He plays an epileptic and obsessive lover,who forcefully marries his cousin, abuses and tortures her for not returning his love, although not evil at heart, his bursts of short temper and unrequited love for Narin makes him emotionally unstable and commit acts of violence that hurt him more than the ones he wants to hurt.
Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? 2010–2012 Kerim Ilgaz He plays his most popular character to date of a man forced to marry the woman he is falsely accused of raping and eventually falls in love with her. He then has to protect her from those he once thought of as friends and make peace with the demons inside his head which give fuel to his burning guilt.
Kara Para Aşk 2014–2015 Ömer Demir He plays the critically acclaimed International Emmy Award nominated character of confident, handsome and chivalrous policeman. He is born on the poor side of town but is gifted with exceptional wit, humor and observation which makes up for his socio-economic status. His fiancée is murdered one night and he ventures on a journey to find the killers, however destiny keeps making him meetup with the rich socialite daughter of the tycoon whose car his fiancée was found dead in. His old fashioned ideology and sharp attitude annoys yet attracts Elif at the same time. His character revolves around getting closure for his fiance's death all the while fighting the intense and passionate attraction he has for Elif. The character was specially written keeping Engin Akyürek in mind by the writers of the series.
Ölene Kadar 2017 Dağhan Soysür Dağhan is a doctor who tries to get his proficiency however, finds himself in jail. He loses his hope, his future, and the most beautiful days of his lives due the crime that he has never committed. He is sentenced to life imprisonment


Title Year Role Notes
Romantika Muzikali 2007 Ceto [13]


Title Year Role Awards
Kader 2006 Cevat Turkish Cinema Award (SIYAD) for “Most Promising Actor”[5][14]
CASOD (Cagdas Sinema Oyuncuları Dernegi) Oyunculuk Award in 2006 for “Most Promising Actor” [6]
Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? 2011 Kerim “Best Actor to Represent Turkey in Hollywood” Ucankus

Ucankus Türkiye'yi Hollywood'da En İyi Temsil Edebilecek Oyuncu (Viewer Surveys/Polls) [15]

May 2011 “Best Male TV Actor”

Televizyondizisi En İyi Erkek Oyuncu (Viewer Surveys/Polls) [16]

Sept 2011 “Best Looking Actor Under 30” Ayakligazete

Ayaklıgazete 30 Yasın Altındaki En Yakısıklı Oyuncu (Viewer Surveys/Polls)”[17]

June 2011 “Best Looking Actor on TV ”Habershow

Habershow Dizilerin En Yakısıklısı (Viewer Surveys/Polls)[18]

June 2011 “Best Actor” Dizifilmbook '(FGSN First Season)

Dizifilmbook 'FSN 1.sezon En İyi Oyuncusu (Viewer Surveys/Polls)[19]

March 2012 “Best Actor in a TV Series in 2011” Has Awards, Kadir Has Universitesi "2011 En Has Erkek Dizi Oyuncusu”

(Viewer Surveys/Polls)[20][21][22][23]

May 2012 “Best Drama Male Actor in 2011” Ayakligazete,

Ayakligazete "2011 En İyi Drama Erkek Oyuncusu” (Viewer Surveys/Polls) [24]

Kara Para Aşk May 2014 Omer The Best Actor” Award based on the 2014 poll organized by www.televizyondizisi.com awards [25]
December 2014 “ Best Actor of 2014 Drama Dalında En İyi Erkek Oyuncu RaniniTv'den 2014 Yılının En İyileri Listesi raninitv 25 Aralık 2014”
April 2015 Stars of the Export in Electrical Electronics and Service Exporters Association Cultural Service Awards [26]
May 2015 “Best Actor” of the Year category in " festival Marconi Odülleri ", organized by Bursa University " radio and television branch " in Turkey. The winners this year[27]
2015 The Best Actor” Award based on the 2015 poll organized by www.televizyondizisi.com.awards[28]
Best actor Prize in Seoul International Drama Awards 2015[29]
Best Actor Nominee in Golden Butterfly Awards 2015 [30]
Best Actor Nominee in International Emmy Awards 2015 [31]
Best Actor in 4. Kristal Fare Ödülleri [32]
2016 Best Actor in Altın Palamut Sinema Televizyon Ödülleri İçin [33]
Best Actor in Dijital Dünyanın En’leri Ödülleri 2016[34]


Engin Akyurek does not have any official Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter accounts.[35][36] Akyurek is also a published writer, having written 15 articles for magazine 'Kafasina Gore'.


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  13. ^ "21:00 Romantika müzikali". Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
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  26. ^ ""İhracatın yıldızları ödüllendirildi" | Magazin Haberleri". Haberturk.com. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
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  32. ^ "4. Kristal Fare Ödülleri Sahiplerini Buldu". Bugun.com.tr. 2015-11-16. Retrieved 2015-11-28. 
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