Murat Yıldırım (actor)

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Murat Yıldırım
Born (1979-04-13) 13 April 1979 (age 38)
Konya, Turkey
Occupation Actor
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Burçin Terzioğlu (m. 2008; div. 2014)[1]
Iman Elbani (m. 2016)

Murat Yıldırım (born 13 April 1979) is a Turkish actor.

Early life[edit]

Murat Yıldırım was born in Konya, Turkey. His father is of Kurdish descent and was a teacher of literature. Yıldırım's father speaks Turkish and Kurdish. His mother is of Arab descent and speaks Turkish and Arabic, but Murat Yıldırım is neither fluent in Kurdish nor Arabic.[2] Due to his father's job Yıldırım grew up between Konya and Adana. He has two sisters.

He graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey and he has a keen interest in mathematics. His interest in music and theatre started early on in his life as well. As a student, Yıldırım played drums in a band. During his studying period he also started performing with his University's theatrical team and attending acting lessons.[3]

Career[edit]

After performing three years in theater, a writer who watched him perform in a comedy recommended him to attend a casting in Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi. Thus he played his first minor role in Olumsuz Ask which was written by Yilmaz Erdogan. Later he performed in Bütün Cocuklarim and in Büyük Yalan. He also had a brief appearance in the Turkish film Organize İşler. His first leading role was in the series Fitrina where he met his future first wife, Burçin Terzioğlu, the same year he got nominated for Golden Orange Award for Best Actor for his leading role in the film Araf.

In 2007 he starred in Asi which was nominated for the International TV Audience Award-Best Drama TV Series at the 51st Monte-Carlo Television Festival.[4] During the filming of Asi he starred opposite Beren Saat in the movie Güz sancisi about Istanbul pogrom.

After the end of Asi Yıldırım agreed to act in Aşk ve Ceza. His next role, in 2012, was Ecevit in the series Suskunlar. In late 2014, Yıldırım returned on screens, after a break of one a half years, portraying Lieutenant Sadık Turan in the movie Kırımlı based on the autobiographical novel Korkunç Yıllar.[5]

In 2015, he appeared as Sinan in the film adaptation of Turkey's 2014 best-selling novel Kocan Kadar Konuş "Kocan Kadar Konuş 2 Diriliş". The romantic comedy was released on 20 March 2015,[6] to positive reviews. Due to its commercial success, a sequel was announced shortly after the film's release.[7] The sequel, named Kocan Kadar Konuş-Diriliş was released on 1 January 2016.[8] In middle 2015 Yıldırım signed a contract with O3 productions and MBC Group for an upcoming series,[9] which eventually premiered in early 2016 under the title Gecenin Kraliçesi.[10] In 2017, together with his wife Iman Elbani, he played in a music video for American singer Jessica Sutta's single, "When A Girl Loves A Boy".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Yıldırım met his first wife, Burçin Terzioğlu, while filming the TV series Fitrina. They were married from 2008 to 2014. He married the former beauty pageant title holder of Morocco and actress Iman Elbani on 25 December 2016.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Organize İşler
2006 Araf Cenk
2009 Güz sancisi Behçet
2014 Kırımlı Sadık Turan
2015 Kocan Kadar Konuş Sinan
2016 Kocan Kadar Konuş-Diriliş Sinan
2017 Sonsuz Aşk
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hayat Bilgisi Guest
Patron Kim Guest
Ölümsüz Aşk Supporting role
2004 Bütün Çocuklarım Mesut Supporting role
Büyük Yalan Okan 2.Season
2006 Fırtına Ali Main role
2007-2009 Asi Demir Doğan Main role
2009 Ey Aşk Nerdesin Police officer Guest
2010-2011 Aşk ve Ceza Savaş Baldar Main role
2012 Suskunlar Ecevit (Şerif) Oran Main role
2016 Gecenin Kraliçesi Kartal Main role

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