Meryem Uzerli

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Meryem Uzerli
Born Meryem Uzerli
(1983-08-12) August 12, 1983 (age 33)
Kassel, Germany
Residence Istanbul, Berlin
Nationality German, Turkish
Education Schauspiel Studio Frese
Freie Waldorf School
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2008–present
Children 1
Website www.meryem.me

Meryem Uzerli (Turkish pronunciation: [mæɾˈjæm uzæɾˈli]), born August 12, 1983,[1] is a Turkish-German actress and model who rose to prominence by playing Hürrem Sultan in the Turkish TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl (2011–2013), for which she received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Butterfly Award.[2]

Uzerli was born and raised in Kassel. She made her acting debut with minor parts in German productions. She later made minor appearances in the television series Notruf Hafenkante (2010) and Ein Fall für zwei (2010). Uzerli is also known for her roles in German films like Journey of No Return (2010) and Jetzt aber Ballett (2010). At the end of 2010, she was chosen by Meral Okay for her first leading role in the Turkish TV series Muhteşem Yüzyıl (2011–2013). In addition to her acting career, Uzerli has appeared in many advertising films and is the face of numerous brands. In 2012, she was chosen as the Woman of the Year by GQ Turkey.

Early life[edit]

Meryem Uzerli was born on August 12, 1983 in Kassel, Germany. Her father Hüseyin is Turkish while her mother Ursula, who is also an actress, is German,[2][3] so she has joint German-Turkish nationality. She embraces and unites both diverse cultures, demonstrated by her two residences in Berlin and Istanbul. Her native language is German, but she is also fluent in Turkish and English. She has two elder brothers and an elder sister, Canan, who is a jazz musician.[2] At the Freie Waldorf School in Kassel, her artistic potential was supported by numerous theater projects.[2] From 2000 until 2003, she studied acting at the Schauspiel Studio Frese in Hamburg. After graduating she took minor parts in several German productions.

Professional career[edit]

2010–13: Muhteşem Yüzyıl[edit]

Uzerli's best-known part is as Hürrem Sultan in the historical television drama series Muhteşem Yüzyıl, directed by the Taylan Brothers. In 2010, after an eight-month search to find the best actress for this role, she was chosen by Meral Okay, the series' screenwriter, and Timur Savcı, the series' producer.[2] About her selection she said: “Until one day the phone rang, I was invited for a casting in Turkey, and then immediately I started living in Istanbul almost full time.”[4] She lived in a hotel for two years during the shooting of Muhteşem Yüzyıl. She shared the leading role with Halit Ergenç, Nebahat Çehre and Okan Yalabık. Uzerli reached more than 400 million fans weekly through her starring role in Muhteşem Yüzyıl, which was broadcast in more than 60 countries.[5][6] Within just two years she received many awards for her exceptional acting performance.[5] She won the Golden Butterfly Award for Best Actress for this part in 2012. In 2013, she left the series due to health reasons, a burnout.[7] From episode 103, Vahide Perçin took her part as Hürrem Sultan.[8]

2014–present: Gecenin Kraliçesi and Annemin Yarası[edit]

At the end of 2014, it was announced that Uzerli will return after a one-year hiatus with new management and a TV project, after signing a contract with O3, the Turkish production company and MBC Group, one of the biggest TV centers of the Arab world.[5][9][10] To mark Uzerli's comeback, Louis Vuitton and the Turkish edition of Elle magazine dedicated a 12-page fashion spread to the actress, photographed at historic German landmarks including the Berliner Dom and Siegessäule.[5] A big press conference with Uzerli was planned in Dubai, where she would present her new project, but rather than organizing a signing ceremony for the contract in Dubai, Uzerli went to Istanbul with a small group of press members.[5][9] She is still living in Berlin, but is planning to move to Istanbul.[9] In December 2014, Star TV released a video and a photo of Uzerli introducing her as one of its stars in 2015.[11][12] Previously, she had published a photo of herself during a camera shooting in Star TV's studio.[13] In October 2015, she was again introduced among the TV's stars for 2016.[14][15] About her future she says: “I am trying to build on my international success within any industry where actors are respected as artists, and where I can find great scripts that allow me to delve into a story that leaves the here and now behind.”[4] In March 2015, it was finalized that Uzerli will share the leading role with Murat Yıldırım in her new TV series.[16] The series' name was later announced as Gecenin Kraliçesi.[17] It is directed by Muhteşem Yüzyıl directors, the Taylan Brothers. Some of the scenes for this series were filmed in Cannes, France.[17] The shooting later continued in Rize, Turkey.[18] It premiered on Star TV in January 2016.[19]

In addition to her career in television, Uzerli is also set to appear in a cinema movie titled Annemin Yarası.[20] The film was released in March 2016.[20] Her co-stars include Ozan Güven, Okan Yalabık and Belçim Bilgin.[21]

Uzerli is also a model and has appeared in many of Elle's, Marie Claire's, InStyle's and Elidor's (Turkish beauty company) advertisements.[22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

Personal life[edit]

After leaving Turkey, Uzerli announced that she had broken up with her boyfriend Can Ateş after learning that he had cheated on her.[29] She said that she was pregnant and she wanted to give birth to her child, whose father is Ateş.[30] On 10 February 2014, she gave birth to a girl named Lara.[31][32]

It was also rumored that Uzerli was in a relationship with her previous cast mate Ozan Güven, who played the role of Rüstem Pasha in Muhteşem Yüzyıl.[33] Uzerli later posted on her Facebook that the news about her relationship with Güven was not true.[34]

At the end of 2014, Uzerli received an invitation from a rich family to an event in the Middle East, offering her 500,000 euros to attend a special dinner. She replied to them: “I don’t usually accept such invitations, but if you donate the money to three Turkish associations working for children in need, I will come.” The event's hosts replied: “Then we will pay more money.” She attended this dinner in December 2014.[9]

Filmography[edit]

[35]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Menage A Trois Madeline Short film
Jetzt vorbei
2009 Das total verrückte Wochenende Prostitute
Wiedergeburt Short film
The Line[36] Anna Short film
Schulterblick Short film
Lauf um deine Liebe Short film
LUME Short film
Sterne über dem Eis Student
2010 Journey of No Return Stewardess
Das ist ja das Leben selbst
The Dark Chest of Wonders Short film
Urbane Dater Short film
Lover's Guide Mara Short film
2016 Annemin Yarası Marija Leading role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Ein total verrücktes Wochenende
Inga Lindström Britta Protagonist
2009 Hayat Trailer
2010 Der Staatsanwalt Episode: "Mordswut"
Notruf Hafenkante Episode: "Alles Lüge"
Ein Fall für zwei Ankel Episode: "Verlust"
Jetzt aber Ballett Sasha Kitano TV movie
WALF: We All Love Football Lena TV series
2011–2013 Muhteşem Yüzyıl Hürrem Sultan Leading role
2016 Gecenin Kraliçesi Selin Leading role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title Result
2010 47th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Special Jury Prize Journey of No Return Won[37]
2011 24th Tüketici Academy Award Best Female Lead Muhteşem Yüzyıl Won[37]
2011 Silver Horse Award Best Actress Won[37]
2011 TV Stars Award Best Actress Won[37]
2011 38th Golden Butterfly Award Special Prize Won[37]
2011 Marmara University Best Actress Won
2011 TV Oscars Best Actress Won
2011 2nd AyakliGazete.com Awards Best Actress Won
2011 Turkish Antalya Television Award Best Drama Actress Nominated[37]
2012 Turkey GQ Awards Woman of the Year Won
2012 39th Golden Butterfly Award Best Actress Muhteşem Yüzyıl Won[37]
2012 Galatasaray University Best Film and Serial Actress Won
2012 Istanbul Kültür University Best Drama Series Actress Won[37]
2012 Golden MDG Award Best Drama Lead Turkey Won[37]
2012 Magazinci.com Honorary Awards Best Actress Won
2012 Magazine Journalists Association: Golden Objective Awards Best Actress of the Year Won[37]
2012 Yıldız Technical University Most Popular Series Actress Won[37]
2012 3rd AyakliGazete.com Awards Best Actress Nominated
2012 Turkish Antalya Television Award Best Drama Actress Nominated[37]
2012 Aydın University Istanbul Most Popular Series Actress Won
2012 Radikal Awards Best Actress Won
2012 Andy-Ar Awards Best Actress of the Year Won
2012 Esenler 2012 Most Successful People Names Best Actress of the Year Won
2013 11th Stars Award Ceremony Most admired TV series Actress of 2012 Won
2013 20th İtü Emös Achievement Awards Best Actress Won
2013 Turkish Antalya Television Award Best Drama Actress Won[37]
2013 Yıldız Technical University Most Popular Series Actress Won[37]
2013 4th AyakliGazete.com Awards Best Actress Won
2013 Crystal Mouse Awards Best Actress Won

References[edit]

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