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Hande Doğandemir

Hande DoğandemirHande Doğandemir, born on the 22nd of November 1985 in Bahçelievler, Ankara, Turkey is a Turkish actress, television host and sociologist. She is best known for her role as Zeynep Yılmaz Sayer on Kanal D series Güneşi Beklerken.

Doğandemir, is also known for her roles as "Şans" in the surreal comedy show Leyla ile Mecnun and Elem in Şubat.

She graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of Sociology. She studied acting and started her internship behind the camera. "I saw Vahide and went to the acting school of Altan Gördüm."

She got her first acting experience with Ayperi character in Mythical Tale.. In her senior year in university, she went to Lille, France with the ERASMUS programme. She now speaks French and English fluently.

Doğandemir began in production for communication sociology. She simultaneously worked as an actress, editor and host. She came to public attention for her Eti Browni Intense commercial with Nejat İşler.

Doğandemir starred in 'Bana Masal Anlatma', a film directed and written by Burak Aksak. The film was released in 2015. Also it has been announced that she will star in an upcoming series, which has yet to be titled.

Hande DoğandemirDoğandemir was doing a photoshoot outside of the city for a publication and traveled to a location several hours away from Istanbul. She and the crew had already left the city. She was sad and tired and yet there was still a shooting to be done.

She had been asleep for only five hours but when awoken was not grumpy, unhappy, or unwilling. She was just as excited as the crew.

When she was prepared for the cover frame and moved across the lens, she impressed everyone because there was no difference from a professional model in her demeanor. The photographer Cihan Alpgiray gave his first exposure without saying a word.

The clothes, hair and make-up changed all day long but her energy and smile never changed. She is a woman at the peak of her career, warm, peaceful, lovable, happy, peaceful, enjoying life and planning the next moment with pleasure.

Doğandemir said that she was in a period in which she was living a life of satisfaction in every sense.

"My story begins in Ankara. I was born there, grew up and studied at the university there. One of the most important points that makes me is Ankara. So from time to time my melancholy is like Ankara."

"I lived there until I finished college. In the last year I went to France with the Erasmus program. I studied French in middle and high school."

Hande Doğandemir"After studying in Lille, France for six months, I returned to Ankara and decided to move to Istanbul. Once I left the house with the same courage again I told my parents - "I'm going" and I went to Istanbul."

"My mother is retired from a public institution and my father is a bank pensioner. I'm an only child, so we're quite fond of each other."

"Now it's hard to be in different cities, but often we visit each other and talk on the phone every day. Every step I take, every decision I have is behind me and I have a family that supports me. These assets are my biggest chance for me."

"I'm from the generation of people on the street. I spent my childhood playing on the street. We made houses and clothes for our dolls. I guess that's why I still can't stop creating anything. I guess we were lucky guys because technology wasn't so much in our lives."

"I studied the sociology of communication when I was in school, so television and the media started to attract my interest. For that reason I came to Istanbul and decided to learn something and develop myself."

"In the meantime, I studied acting. It was an intense and difficult time, but I'm glad I did it all. Now I can say it was worth it all."

Hande Doğandemir"I believe it was a courageous decision for me to leave the comfort next to the family and build a life on my own in another city without nothing. Now I don't know if I could make the same decision."

"But I can say that as human age progresses, it is becoming more guaranteed and more and more of it is logical."

"In Istanbul I started working as a programmer, or rather I started with an internship. Because I had to learn everything from scratch."

"Then I moved to regency. I became the assistant editor the last time I worked and was preparing the contents of the programs."

"What a lie it would be if I did not say that one day I would do this job professionally. I have never so planned my life. I've always been on stage since I was little in shows, choirs and theaters. "

"I have always liked my work behind the camera, but I had a feeling of 'You should try this, do something for it, study it, learn it.' "

In 2014, she was romantically involved with Okan Yalabik and is a contemporary of fellow Turkish television actress Beren Saat.

Hande Doğandemir"Kanal D opens the new season with a very ambitious production. Kanal D is preparing to attract millions of viewers with a striking scenario and a strong cast."

"The countdown for Confrontation, a production of T Company, produced by Bülent Turgut will be on the screen soon. The script is written by Altuğ Küçük and directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak and Burak Arlıel."

The series stars Hande Doğandemir, Uğur Yücel, Engin Öztürk, Yiğit Kirazcı, Zeynep Eronat and Yeşim Ceren Bozoğlu. In addition, Şerif Sezer, Mesut Akusta, Macit Koper, Durul Bazan, Gülsim Ali, Darda Yasir Yenal, Gözde Çığacı, Müfit Kayacan and Yeşim Gül are also in the cast."

"The confrontation is about life changing in the town of Kalender with the secret of secrets which has been hidden for 15 years at the family business of flower cultivation and essence production in the town of Kalender. It is about the sudden change in the life of people with the emergence of secrets."

"Doğandemir broke up with Mert Fırat after a two-year relationship. While Fırat's preparation for marriage to Idil Fırat came to a conclusion with her henna night all eyes were turned to Hande Doğandemir. But actress Demet Akalın had a message for Doğandemir:"

"God is great. Never forget this day, in the future you will be grateful. Real noble girl, you with the ability to overthrow the mountains. Please do not forget." Akalin commented.

Hande DoğandemirIn July, the shooting will start for the production of Şükrü Avşar and Özcan Deniz, which will be starring Hande Doğandemir and Şükrü Özyıldız'ın share the role of '' All Things Love.

In 2014, she was romantically involved with Okan Yalabik and she starred in the 2015 film Bana Masal Anlatma. She is a contemporary of fellow Turkish television actress Beren Saat.

This Turkish actress is most recognized for playing the role of Zeynep Yilmaz Sayer on the Turkish television series Gunesi Beklerken. She also appeared on Leyla Ile Mecnun, Subat, and other popular TV shows.

She won the Best Actress award from Ege University Media Awards and was nominated for the same from Kristal Fare Media Awards both in 2013.

In that same year she won Best Actress for her portrayal of Zeynep in Güneşi Beklerken from Ayaklı Gazete Television Awards.

"Impeccable beauty doesn't impress me much. For me, charisma and energy are more important than beauty."

"I'm trying to never use make-up in my daily life because makeup is done every day on the set. My busiest days are already on the set, and so make-up is done in those days. When I really look at it, I prefer make-up that doesn't have a make-up."

"I think it's something about age. In high school and in later periods, human beings are very curious. I was also extra curious - I loved playing with colors; I especially liked eye make-up, like colorful headlights. Over time, that makeup was replaced by me with a more natural look."

Hande Doğandemir"I had also been coloring my hair, now my hair is very worn out. Now I love the natural state. I once cut my hair, which was very long during secondary school, with my cousin saying 'Let's go and make a short cut.' This was a sudden change in my environment. Then it was very difficult to stretch my curly hair, so I never cut it so short again."

"I used to do pilates for a while. Nowadays, because my schedule is very busy, I work with a special sports coach when I have time."

"It is very difficult to implement a regular diet program as long as I am on the set. I try to care as much as possible in the framework that the set environment makes possible, but I do pay particular attention to drinking plenty of water."

"My life, my time, my energy is very precious. I can not spend for such a thing," said Doğandemir, "Revenge is a great burden. I decided not to carry strong and negative emotions like anger, revenge, hate." she said.

Doğandemir expressing that thought we "have alienated many by technology being so dominant in our lives. I see a great cruelty and evil in social media. So I'm reading about people being mercilessly criticized - both myself and colleagues."

"People without empathy, love, and understanding deprived. No respect for anything produced, only trying to infect his own unhappiness and despair, cuts the place where morality cuts, giving a morality course. What can we do against this violence, I really do not know," she said.

Hande DoğandemirSpeaking of the upcoming March 8th Women's Day, Doğandemir said, "I do not like the status of appraising women over a single day. We also find it difficult to create the perception that will change the place of women in society because we are very strong, intelligent, productive.

On the other hand, Doğandemir reacted to the situation by showing the low number of female characters in films that won the Oscar."

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Year Title Role Notes
2010 Kahramanlar Zeynep Kayhan TV series
2010 Keskin Bıçak Aslı Karaağaç TV series
2010 Atasay Herself TV commercial
2011–12 Sen de Gitme Aslı TV series
2011–13 Hatırlar Mısınız? Herself TV host-editor
2012 İbreti Alem İpek Şenocak TV series
2012 Eti Browni Intense Herself TV commercial
2012 Böyle Bitmesin Ceylan Ağalı TV series - Guest Star
2013 Leyla ile Mecnun Şans TV series - Guest Star
2013 Şubat Elem TV series - Joined after 22nd episode
2013 Güneşi Beklerken Zeynep Yılmaz Guzel Sayer TV series
2014 Lipton Zeynep Yılmaz TV commercial
2015 Telling Tales Ayperi Film
2015 Racon : Ailem İçin Yağmur TV series
2016 Herşey Aşktan Pelin Film
2016 Hayatımın aşkı Gökçe TV series
2017 Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem Turhan Sultan TV series - Joined after 57th episode
2018 Can Kırıkları Leyla Akgün Doğan TV series
2019– Yüzleşme Masal - Buket TV series


Year Award Category Work Result
2013 3.Ege University Media Awards Best Actress Güneşi Beklerken-Zeynep Won
2013 3.Kristal Fare Media Awards Best Actress Güneşi Beklerken-Zeynep Nominated
2013 5.Ayaklı Gazete TV Awards Best Actress Güneşi Beklerken-Zeynep Won


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