Ebru Ceylan (née Yapıcı, born 26 January 1976)[2] is a Turkish photographer, actress, screenwriter and art director. She is married to collaborator Nuri Bilge Ceylan.[3][4]

Ebru Ceylan
Ebru Yapıcı[1]

(1976-01-26) 26 January 1976 (age 48)
Ankara, Turkey
Alma materMarmara University
Mimar Sinan University
SpouseNuri Bilge Ceylan

Ebru Yapıcı was born in Ankara and studied film and television at Marmara University and Mimar Sinan University.[4] The Ceylans starred together in the 2006 film Climates, which they also co-wrote, beginning a writing collaboration that would include Three Monkeys (2008), Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) and the Palme d'Or-winning Winter Sleep (2014).[3]

Nuri Bilge described their writing relationship, which Ebru opted to end after Winter Sleep, saying "Since she is my wife she has the right to say anything. We fight a lot actually, sometimes till the morning, but it's very useful".[3] For Winter Sleep, Ebru received a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Screenwriter.[5]

Ebru resumed her writing collaboration with Nuri Bilge, now with Akin Aksun, for The Wild Pear Tree (2018) and About Dry Grasses (2023).[6][7]


  1. ^ Haenni, Sabine; Barrow, Sarah; White, John (2014). The Routledge Encyclopedia of Films. Routledge. p. 560. ISBN 978-1317682615.
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  3. ^ a b c Goodfellow, Melanie. "Palme d'Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan: 'Making mistakes is the best teacher". Screen Daily. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Biographies". Nbcfilm.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2019. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ Georg Szalai (8 November 2014). "'Leviathan,' 'Winter Sleep,' 'Nymphomaniac' Among European Film Awards Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  6. ^ Michael Phillips (21 February 2019). "'Wild Pear Tree' review: The one film in Chicago guaranteed to take you away from it all". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Nuri Bilge Ceylan'ın yeni filmi "Kuru Otlar Üstüne" nin çekimleri başladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 30 March 2021. Retrieved 16 April 2023.