Selim Bayraktar

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Selim Bayraktar
Born June 17, 1975
Kirkuk, Iraq
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Selim Bayraktar (born June 17, 1975) is a Turkish actor best known for his role as "Sümbül Ağa" in Muhteşem Yüzyıl.

Life and career[edit]

Bayraktar was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 1975, into a family of Iraqi-Turkish origin. As a child he began performing in gymnastic competitions. During the final days of the Iran-Iraq War, a body double of Sadam Hussein visited Bayraktar’s schools in order to recruit boys into the army; when Bayraktar was chosen to serve in the army his family decided to smuggle him into Turkey.[1] He started working at the Turkish State Theatre after graduating from Hacettepe University in 2000.[2]

Bayraktar speaks Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish.[1]


Year Show Role Notes
2006 Köprü Erdal TV Series
2006 Bir Bulut Olsam Mahmud Paşa TV series
2011-14 Muhteşem Yüzyıl Sümbül Ağa TV Series


  1. ^ a b Batuman, Elift (Feb 17, 2014). "Letter From Istanbul: Ottomania A his TV show reimagines Turkey's imperial past". The New Yorker. 
  2. ^ Turkish Cultural Foundation. "Selim Bayraktar". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 

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