Serenay Sarıkaya

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Serenay Sarıkaya
Born (1991-07-01) 1 July 1991 (age 25)
Ankara, Turkey[1]
Nationality Turkish
Education Antalya Saime Salih Konca High School
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2006–present

Serenay Sarıkaya (Turkish pronunciation: [seɾeˌnaj saˈɾɯkaja]; born 1 July 1991) is a Turkish actress and model.

At the age 15, she participated in a beauty competition and received a special award from the jury. She later rose to prominence by acting in the cinema movie Plajda (2008).

Sarıkaya made her acting debut with a minor part in the movie Şaşkın (2006) and later starred in the film Plajda (2008). At the same year she appeared in the television series Peri Masalı (2008) directed by Sinan Çetin and was later prepared by him for her first leading role in Limon Ağacı (2008). She later appeared in Adanalı (2008–10). Sarıkaya became the first runner-up at Miss Turkey 2010. She came to international attention for her roles in Lale Devri (2010–12) and Medcezir (2013–15) and received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades, including two Golden Butterfly Awards. She continued her movie career with a role in Behzat Ç. Ankara Yanıyor (2013).

In addition to her acting career, Sarıkaya has appeared in many advertising films and is the face of numerous brands. In 2014, she was chosen as the Woman of the Year by GQ Turkey.

Early life[edit]

Serenay Sarıkaya was born on 1 July 1991 in Ankara to Seyhan Umran and Mustafa Sarikaya.[2] She resided with her family in Antalya until the age of 7 when her parents separated. After her father's remarriage, she moved to Istanbul with her mother.[3][4] She later described her experience of growing up without her father in an interview: "For a little girl, father is a special factor in her evolution. Growing up without your father is a big experience".[5] At that time, when they wanted to decide about their living in Antalya or Istanbul, Sarıkaya told her mother that she wanted to become an actress and made her mother move to Istanbul.[6] Sarıkaya later studied at Antalya Saime Salih Konca High School and although she wanted to continue her studies in university, she hasn't received any degree yet. During her childhood, Sarıkaya wanted to become a model.[7] She has been an avid player of volleyball and also frequently takes part in basketball. She is also interested in tennis and Latin dance.[8][9] At the age 15, Sarıkaya participated in the European Junior Beauty Contest held in the Czech Republic and received a special prize from the jury.[10]

Career[edit]

2006–12: Cinema movies and TV series[edit]

In 2006, after receiving a special prize from the jury at the European Youth Beauty Competition held in the Czech Republic, she took part in the film Şaşkın directed by Şahin Alpaslan and portrayed the character Itır.[11] In 2008, she starred in an advertising film for Turkcell and then acted in her second movie Plajda produced by Sinan Çetin and directed by Murat Şeker. She played the character Aslı in this movie. She was then prepared by Çetin for her first leading role in a TV series titled Peri Masalı directed by Celal Çimen. She portrayed the fairy godmother Talya. Her co-stars included Ayşen Gruda, Altan Günbay and Şahap Sayılgan.[12] At the same year she starred in the TV series Limon Ağacı alongside Kaan Urgancıoğlu. It was again produced by Sinan Çetin and directed by Deniz Ergun. After the tenth episode, Sarıkaya's character Peri was removed from the storyline.[13] In 2008, Sarıkaya began to take part in the TV series Adanalı which was created by Tayfun Güneyer and directed by Adnan Güler. The starring cast included Oktay Kaynarca, Mehmet Akif Alakurt and Selin Demiratar. She played the role of Oktay Kaynarca's daughter named Sofia.[14] She competed in the national beauty contest of Miss Turkey on 1 April 2010, representing the National Capital, Ankara. She was placed as the first runner-up to the eventual winner, Gizem Memiç, representing Gaziantep, and earned the right to represent Turkey on the Miss Universe contest. However, she dropped this chance as she wanted to continue her acting career and Gizem Memiç took her place instead.[15][16] Sarıkaya left the cast of Adanalı at its second season[17] and instead started to act in another TV series titled Lale Devri produced by Şükrü Avşar and directed by Murat Düzgünoğlu. She portrayed the character of Yeşim Taşkıran. Her co-stars included Tolgahan Sayışman and Hatice Aslan.[18] She sang a song in an episode of this series that attracted the audience and received proposals for making an album. Sarıkaya said that she had discovered her talent in music with the help of her friend and was trained to improve her sound. In an interview she was offered to record an album on which she replied: "The offers are correct. Fees aren't bad. But I'm not going to sing. My job is acting".[19][20] She starred in a short film in 2011 titled Hoşçakal.[21] In 2012, after finishing the second season of Lale Devri, she decided to leave the series and due to her contract left the series at the beginning of the third season.[22][23]

2013–present: Behzat Ç. Ankara Yanıyor, Medcezir and other projects[edit]

In May 2013, Sarıkaya began shooting for Behzat Ç. Ankara Yanıyor, a cinema movie adapted from the television series Behzat Ç. Bir Ankara Polisiyesi. She portrayed the character Melisa.[24][25] At the same year Sarıkaya alongside Çağatay Ulusoy acted in the series Medcezir which is based on the original American series The O.C.. The scenario was written by Ece Yörenç and the series was directed by Ali Bilgin. Sarıkaya's character Mira Beylice, was an adaptation from one of the original series' characters, Marissa Cooper.[26] In 2014, she appeared in an advertising film for Elidor alongside her Medcezir co-star, Hazar Ergüçlü.[27] In March of the same year, she appeared in another advertising film for the brand Thor directed by an Icelander.[28] She later became the face of Mavi Jeans after signing a two-year contract.[29] For the promotion of the spring-summer collection of this brand, Sarıkaya shot commercials alongside the famous Brazilian model Francisco Lachowski. At the September of the same year, she again appeared in an advertising film for the same brand. The action scenes involved in the advertising film was shot in three days.[30] For the promotion of 2015 spring-summer collection of the Mavi Jeans, Sarıkaya went in front of the camera with Kerem Bürsin. Sarıkaya and Bürsin's joint singing in the commercials received a positive response from the audience.[31][32]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Şaşkın Itır Supporting role
2008 Plajda Aslı Supporting role
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Astrid Hofferson Dubbing voice
2011 Hoşçakal Sarah Short film
2013 Behzat Ç. Ankara Yanıyor Melisa Supporting role
2016 İkimizin Yerine Çiçek Main role
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Peri Masalı Talya Supporting role
2008 Limon Ağacı Peri Main role
2008–10 Adanalı Sofia Dikkaya Supporting role
2010–12 Lale Devri Yeşim Taşkıran Main role
2013–15 Medcezir Mira Beylice Main role
2017 Fi Duru Main role[33]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2010 Miss Turkey Runner-up
2013 Turkey Elle Style Awards Best Hair Style Medcezir Won
2014 magazinci.com Awards Best Actress Won
GQ Turkey Men of the Year Awards Woman of the Year Won
Istanbul Technical University Awards Best TV series Actress Won
5. Ayaklı Newspaper TV Stars Awards Best Actress in a Drama Series Won
Çanakkale 18 Mart University Awards Best Actress Won
Karadeniz Technical University Awards Best Actress Won
4. İMK Social Media Awards Best Actress Won
3. Crystal Mouse Media Awards Best Actress Won
41. Golden Butterfly Awards Best Actress Won
2015 Istanbul Arel University 4. Media and Art Awards Most Admired TV series Actress Won
YTÜ Stars of the Year Awards Most Admired TV series Actress Won
5. Unimpeded Life Foundation Awards Best TV Actress of the Year Won
MGD 21. Gold Lens Awards Best Drama Actress Won
Turkey Youth Awards Best Actress Won
Ege University 4. Media Awards Best Actress Won
Kayahan Media and Arts Awards Best Actress of the Year Won
6. Quality of Magazine Awards Top Quality Actress Won
42. Golden Butterfly Awards Best Actress Won
2016 2. Elele Avon Woman Awards Actress of the Year Nominated
6. Elle Style Awards Elle Style Actress of the Year Nominated
10. GSUEN Awards Best TV/Movie Actress Nominated
7. İMK Social Media Awards Best Actress Nominated
2017 24. İTÜ EMÖS Achievement Awards Most Successful Movie Actress of the Year İkimizin Yerine Won
12. İTÜ Makinistanbul Media, Art and Sport Awards Movie Actress of the Year Won

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