Neslihan Atagül (born 20 August 1992) is a Turkish actress. She is best known for her role in Kara Sevda[2] (2015–2017), a series sold to more than 110 countries and the first Turkish TV series winner of the International Emmy Award (2017).[3] She had leading roles in the series Fatih Harbiye (2013–2014) and Sefirin Kizi (2019-2020) and in the films Araf and Senden Bana Kalan. Throughout her acting career, she has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Academy Award for "Best Actress" at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[4]

Neslihan Atagül
Born (1992-08-20) 20 August 1992 (age 31)[1]
Istanbul, Turkey
EducationYeditepe University
Occupations
  • Actress
  • model
Years active2005–present
Spouse
(m. 2016)
Websiteneslihanatagul.com

Biography

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Neslihan Atagül was born on 20 August 1992 in Istanbul. Her father was a driver and her mother a housewife. Her father is of Circassian and her mother of Belarusian descent.[1][5]

She studied theater at the Yeditepe University.

Career

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Early years

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Atagül set out to become an actress when she was only 8 years old. In 2005, at age 13, she found the number for the Erberk Agency, owned by Neşe Erberk; she got Erberk's agency address and went with her mother to register. A month later, she acted in her first commercial.

In 2006, she made her acting debut in the film İlk Aşk, for which she won the first prize of her career as "Promising Young Actress". Between 2006 and 2010, she got a role in the series Yaprak Dökümü based on the novel of the same name.[6] In the following years, she appeared in other series such as Canım Babam, Kalbim Seni Seçti, Hayat Devam Ediyor.

In 2012, she was noted for her starring role in the film Araf, for which she won the Academy Award for "Best Actress" at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival.[4]

2013–2014: Fatih Harbiye

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In 2013, Atagül landed her first leading role in the romance drama series Fatih Harbiye, alongside Kadir Doğulu. The series is an adaptation of the eponymous book by Turkish writer Peyami Safa, published in 1931, where she played Neriman Solmaz, a motherless young woman from the mahala who is engaged to her lifelong boyfriend until she meets Macit Arcaoğlu (Kadir Doğulu).

Fatih Harbiye premiered on 31 August 2013 on the Fox channel, but later moved to Show TV. It ran for two seasons and ended on 10 December 2014.

2015–2017: Kara Sevda and rising popularity

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In 2015, one of the most important and most beloved roles of her career would arrive, that of Nihan Sezin in the melodrama Kara Sevda, which became the first Turkish series to be awarded the International Emmy Award for Best Telenovela in 2017.[3][7] The series also received the special jury award at the Seoul International Drama Awards.[8]

Kara Sevda has become one of the most watched Turkish series in the world,[9] being translated into more than 50 languages and broadcast in more than 110 countries such as Russia, Iran, Slovenia, Uruguay and Greece. During its broadcast in the United States for Hispanic community, it became the most watched non-Spanish series on the Univision channel.

Thanks to her performance in this series, Atagül won four awards and her popularity and recognition skyrocketed, not only in Turkey but also internationally, especially in Arab countries.

She made her debut on online streaming platforms with the series Dip (2018) alongside İlker Kaleli.

2019–2021: Sefirin Kızı

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In 2019, Neslihan Atagül returned to the small screen with the series Sefirin Kızı, playing Nare.[10]

The series aired on Star TV for two seasons with a total of 52 episodes. It premiered on 16 December 2019 and ended on 11 May 2021, and for her performance she received the "Best Actress" award at the Izmir Artemis International Film Festival. However, midway through the series, she announced her withdrawal from the series due to health problems as she suffered from leaky gut syndrome.[11]

Present

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Currently[when?], Atagül is immersed in a new professional project, Hadsiz Magazine, which will bring impressive photographs, exclusive interviews with great guests.[12]

Personal life

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Neslihan started dating her Fatih Harbiye co-star, Kadir Doğulu, in October 2013. They got engaged in November 2015, and were married in July 2016.[13]

Filmography

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Cinema
Year Title Role Notes
2006 İlk Aşk Genç Bahar Supporting role
2011 Araf Zehra Leading role
2015 Senden Bana Kalan Elif
2023 Ah Belinda Dilara
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2010 Yaprak Dökümü Deniz Başsoy Supporting role
2011 Kalbim Seni Seçti Melis
2011 Canım Babam Pınar Leading role
2011–2012 Hayat Devam Ediyor Şirin Bakırcı
2013–2014 Fatih Harbiye Neriman Sölmaz
2015–2017 Kara Sevda Nihan Sezin
2018 Dip Bilge Koral
2019–2021 Sefirin Kızı Nare Çelebi Efeoğlu
2022–2023 Gecenin Ucunda Macide
TBA İşgal Günlerinde Aşk Rus Vera Gregov

Awards and nominations

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Year Award Ceremony Category Project Result Ref.
2006 Golden Boll Film Festival Hope-giving Young Actress İlk Aşk Won [14]
2007 Moscow 2morrow Film Festival Now and Future Best Actress Araf Won
2011 19th Golden Cocoon Film Festival Hope-giving Young Actress Won
2012 25th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actress Won [15][4]
Pune International Film Festival Best Performance Won [14]
45th Cinema Writers Association Awards Best Actress Won
2013 16th Uçan Broom International Women Films Festival En Young Actress Won
2016 16th Magazinci.com Internet Media (Bests) TV Actress of the Year Kara Sevda Won [16]
6th Ayaklı Newspaper TV Stars Awards Best TV Drama Actress Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actress Nominated
MGD 22nd Golden Lens Awards Best Drama Actress Won
Golden Butterfly Awards Nominated [17]
KTÜ Media Awards Highest Rated Actress Nominated
Ege University 5th Media Awards Best Actress Nominated
2017 1st Müzikonair Awards Best TV Actress Won
Bilkent TV Awards Best Actress Nominated
Turkish Children's Awards Nominated
2018 Footed Newspaper TV Stars Awards Best TV Actress of the Year Dip Won
2020 3rd International Izmir Film Festival Golden Artemis Awards Best Actress Sefirin Kızı Won
SE-SAM Award Ceremony for Those Who Carried Turkish Cinema from the Past to the Future The Name that Carries Turkish Cinema from the Past to the Future Won
1st Cinemaport Awards Best TV Actress Sefirin Kızı Won
2021 Soap Awards France 2021 Best International Actress Kara Sevda Nominated [18]
Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards International Actress of the Year Sefirin Kızı Won [19]

References

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