Halit Ergenç

Halit Ergenç (Turkish pronunciation: [haˈlit æɾˈɟentʃ]; born 30 April 1970) is a Turkish actor.

Halit Ergenç
Halit Ergenç.jpg
Halit Ergenç in 2007
Born (1970-04-30) 30 April 1970 (age 50)
Educationİstanbul Technical University
Years active1996–present
Gizem Soysaldı
(m. 2007; div. 2008)

(m. 2009)


Halit Ergenç was born as the son of Yeşilçam-era actor Mehmet Sait Ergenç on 30 April 1970 in İstanbul. He completed his secondary education at Beşiktaş Atatürk High School in 1989 and entered İstanbul Technical University to study Marine Engineering.[1] He graduated from the Operetta and Musical Theatre Department of the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.[2] He supported himself working as a computer operator and marketer. He briefly worked as a backing vocalist and dancer for Ajda Pekkan and Leman Sam.

In 1996, Ergenç began acting at the Dormen Theatre and had his first leading role in the musical The King and I. He gained recognition with his role in the television series Kara Melek. He continued working in theatre in plays such as Kiss Me, Kate, Tatlı Charity, Beni Seviyor, Kral ve Ben, Amphitrion 2000, Evita, Hayalet and Ötekiler and Şarkılar Susarsa. Following appearances in series Köşe Kapmaca and Böyle mi Olacaktı, he went to New York and acted in the musical The Adventures of Zak.

In 2000, he acted in both films Hiç Yoktan Aşk and Ölümün El Yazısı as well as in series Dedem, Gofret ve Ben and Zerda. Then, he appeared in a number of plays such as ''Bugün Git Yarın Gel, Popcorn, Arapsaçı and Sevgilime Göz Kulak Ol. In 2004], he took part in the series Aliye with Sanem Çelik and Nejat İşler.

In 2005 and 2006, Ergenç took part in the films Babam ve Oğlum directed by Çağan Irmak, The Net 2.0, Tramway and İlk Aşk. In 2006, he starred as Onur Aksal in the hit series Binbir Gece that aired until 2009. During this period he also had roles in the films Devrim Arabaları which was based on a true story and Acı Aşk. Ergenç also starred as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the film Dersimiz Atatürk. In 2011 he starred as Suleiman the Magnificent in the hit series Muhteşem Yüzyıl until 2014.

Ergenç was involved in the Gezi protests of 2013, appearing in newspaper photos wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt and surgical mask for protection against tear gas. His presence made for interesting copy, since he at once played the role of one of the Ottoman Empire's foremost leaders in the show Muhteşem Yüzyıl, and at the same time he was protesting the actions of a government very much invested in celebrating Ottoman glory. Ergenç was subsequently summoned with other cultural leaders to a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, and Erdoğan apparently quizzed Ergenç on Ottoman words used by Suleiman, the character whom Ergenç played in Muhteşem Yüzyıl.[3]

After, he played Fatali Khan Khoyski who the first Prime Minister of the independent Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in Ali & Nino. He played in the movie İstanbul Kırmızısı directed by Ferzan Özpetek. In 2016, he started playing opposite his wife Bergüzar Korel in Vatanım Sensin.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to actress Bergüzar Korel with whom he has two sons named Ali and Han.[5][6] His younger brother Mehmet Sait Ergenç—named for their father—is also an actor.[7] He has stated that he likes Zeki Demirkubuz's style and Ferzan Özpetek's emotion, but prefers to work the most with Reha Erdem and Çağan Irmak, whom he describes as both young and talented directors.[1]

In 2017, Ergenç visited Pakistan and attended the Lux Style Awards–where he was honoured with the International Icon award–due to his popularity in the country. In his accepting speech, Ergenç said that he had grown up knowing Pakistan as a "brother country."[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ölümün El Yazısı
2004 Okul
2005 The Net 2.0
Babam ve Oğlum Özkan
2006 Tramvay Nezih
İlk Aşk
2008 Devrim Arabaları Yüksek Mühendis Uğur Leading role
Akşamdan Kalma Mehmet
2009 Acı Aşk
2010 Dersimiz: Atatürk Atatürk Leading role
Akşamdan Kalma 2 Mehmet
2012 Akşamdan Kalma 3 Mehmet
2016 Ali ve Nino Fatali Khan Khoyski
2017 İstanbul Kırmızısı Orhan Şahin Leading role[9]
2021 Stuck Apart Necati Supporting role

TV seriesEdit

Years Title Roles Notes
1996 Tatlı Kaçıklar
1996 Kara Melek
1997 Böyle mi Olacaktı
1998 Gurbetçiler
2000 Hiç Yoktan Aşk
2001 Dedem, Gofret ve Ben
2002 Kumsaldaki İzler
Zeybek Ateşi
Zerda Devran
2003 Baba
Esir Şehrin İnsanları
2004 Aliye Sinan Karahan Leading role
2006 Binbir Gece Onur Aksal Leading role
2011–2014 Muhteşem Yüzyıl Suleiman the Magnificent Leading role
2016–2018 Vatanım Sensin Cevdet Leading role
2020 Babil İrfan Tuna Saygun Leading role
2020 Rise of Empires: Ottoman Narrator 6 episodes


  1. ^ a b Turgut, Alper (10 November 2008). "Türkiye bir başarı öyküsüdür". Gerçek Gündem. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.idiletisim.com.tr/en/actors/halit-ergenc
  3. ^ Batuman, Elif (17 February 2014). "Ottomania". The New Yorker.
  4. ^ "Vatanım Sensin Sezon 1 - Sinemalar.com". m.sinemalar.com.
  5. ^ "Bergüzar Korel ve Halit Ergenç evlendi". Habertürk. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Bergüzar Korel ikinci kez anne oldu... İşte bebeğin adı!". Hürriyet. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11417275/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0
  8. ^ "Here's what went down at the Lux Style Awards 2017". Dawn. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  9. ^ "İstanbul Kırmızısı için dev kadro". NTV (in Turkish). ntv.com.tr. Anadolu Agency. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 4 March 2017.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Halit Ergenç at Wikimedia Commons