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Elçin Sangu

Elçin SanguElçin Sangu, born on the 13th of August, 1985 in Izmir, Turkey. She is a Turkish actress and model best known for her leading role as Defne in the Star Television romantic comedy series Kiralık Aşk from June 2015 until its finale in January of 2017.

For her work on this television program she has been nominated and has received numerous awards in Turkey, including three Golden Butterfly Awards.

Sangu also appeared in the television series Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki in 2011, Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer from 2012 to 2013, Bir Aşk Hikâyesi from 2013 to 2014, Kurt Seyit ve Şura in 2014, and Sevdam Alabora during 2015.

With her appearance on television and in ad campaigns, she has become one of the highest paid celebrities in Turkey.

Sangu was born the only child of a ethnic Circassian family from Izmir in Western coast of Turkey.

She graduated from the Opera Department at Mersin University and took acting lessons at the Sahne Tozu Theatre.

In 2011, she was cast as Jale in Kanal D drama series Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki, where she also sang and played the piano.

Elçin SanguBetween 2012 to 2013, she was the lead role of Nehir in Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer and from 2013 to 2014 she starred as Eda in Bir Aşk Hikâyesi - an adaptation of the South Korean television series I'm Sorry, I Love You.

In 2014, she portrayed Güzide in historical period drama series Kurt Seyit ve Şura that was filmed in Russia, Turkey, and the Ukraine.

Following another leading role during 2015 in the TV series Sevdam Alabora, she started acting in Kiralık Aşk the same year. In 2016, she became the face of Sunsilk care products and Boyner.

The popular romantic comedy series Kiralık Aşk aired on Star Television until its finale in January of 2017, where her performance received critical acclaim.

In 2017, it was reported tha Sangu would appear in a news series on Kanal D. During the month of August of the same year, Sangu together Baruş Ardıç were cast in the movie Mutluluk Zamanı - previously titled Yanımda Kal and Gitme Sen!.

Sangu has maintained a long-time relationship with Yunus Özdiken, who holds a job at a private firm outside the world of arts and entertainment.

As of September 2016, she is the most followed Turkish actress on Instagram.

Elçin SanguIn the year 2015, due to the character she played in the television series Kiralik Ask, she got the "Best Actress" award in Radyo Televizyon Gazetecileri Dernegi Media Oscars Awards, Ayakli Gazete TV Yildizlari Awards, MGD 22. Altin Objektif Awards and from many other universities, educative and public organizations.

Lastly she won the "Best Comedy Actress" award from 43. Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards. In January 2018 for her performance in the TV series Kiralik Ask, Elçin Sangu was given Best International Actress award by DIAFA - Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards.

Elçin Sangu starred in the movie Mutluluk Zamani as the main character "Ada" in 2017. Lastly, she will be starring in the new internet series Yasamayanlar in the summer season of 2018.

Elсin has Caucasian roots for her antecedents came from ancient Cherkessia. Her parents noticed their little girl's interest in the arts since she was very young.

Elçin was always glad to go to Opera performances and listened to complicated opera seriously. After a while, this love turned into the dream to become an actress.

Elçin SanguElçin was diligent at school and obtained a proper education. She entered the Mersin Theatre Conservatory and began searching for a job after obtaining a diploma.

She moved to Istanbul, where she began getting roles in theatre performances fairly quickly. This stage in her life was a good training ground for her later acting profession.

Soon afterwards the future cinema actress decided to continue her education and entered Yeditepe University where she attended the lectures at the faculty of visual arts with great pleasure.

Her unusual beauty attracted the attention of her classmates and other people in the industry. The cinema studios agents noticed Elçin and offered her an interesting role. That was Elçin's break-through to the Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki shooting stage.

Her debut in the Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki picture was very successful. This inspired the beginning actress and made her much more confident.

The complexiity of her first role was in a task that Elçin did extremely. She had to create a vivid and memorable image of a baddie. Elçin managed the task easily in spite of her lack of experience - which is why the film directors began offering her work in other pictures.

In 2014 the excellent Turkish TV-series Kurt Seyit ve Sura was shot and she got the leading role. This role turned into the next successful stage in her acting career.

Elçin SanguThen the shooting of Sevdam Alabora project took place. The series was shot very quickly but it gave the actress priceless experience. She had to learn to ride a horse in order to be cast in series. It is a skill which is very important for actors, who want to become universal and in demand.

Playing a heroine in Rental Love novel was one of her last roles. The actress managed to express a character whom was beloved by the viewers.

Now Elсin Sangu sees herself in another profession in spite of the fact that she dreamed about acting since childhood. In one of the interviews the girl said that she could became a doctor.

She revealed an interest for pharmaceutical journals and medical books as support for her comments. The beginning actress is fond of the fashion world too. She likes beautiful clothes and always tries to create memorable and stylish looks.

She often attends fashion shows in different European cities. But, little is known about the actress' private life - all that journalists know is that now Elçin lives with beautiful Turkish entreprenuer, Yunus Ozdiken.

Elçin Sangu and Barış Arduç shared the lead role in the film The Time of Happiness which premiered in Istanbul and Ankara. Elçin's boyfriend, Yunus Özdiken, attended the film's premiere in Istanbul. When the romantic kissing scenes of the film began, Ozdiken was silently out of his seat and into the hall where he sat down until the scenes were finished.

Elçin Sangu"No matter how good the education you receive, or what you're exposed to in this land, you grow up with a certain perspective. But neither in America or in Switzerland did I grow up and my personal preference is not to watch such scenes."

"But that doesn't mean that I'm suspicious of what Elçin is doing, or that I'm not sure of the professionalism."

Apart from television, Sangu has also appeared in numerous commercials for various brands including Nestlé Türkiye NESCAFÉ, Coca-Cola Türkiye, Unilever Elidor and Boyner. She has also appeared in several music videos.

Sangu has won numerous awards during her career. She has been nominated for awards like Crystal Mouse Award, Elele Avon Women Award, Turkey Youth Award, KTU Media Award and others.

She has won awards such as Cyprus Cypaparazzi Award, Golden Butterfly Award, Yeditepe University Wish Award, Makinistanbul Media, Art, and Sports Award, Aegean University Media Award, YBU Media Award, Ayaklı Gazete TV Stars Award, Magazine Journalists Association Golden Lens Award and others.

Maryam Uzerli, the lead actress of the Queen of the Night series who could not regain her lost popularity after recovering from the burnout syndrome, also lost her shampoo advertisement to Elçin Sangu.

Elçin SanguMeryem Uzerli, who was very much loved by the Turkish people with her character Kral Hürrem Sultan süre in dü The Magnificent Century series, left the series saying that she lived with Burnout Syndrome, recently returned to the screens with Queen of the Night series.

Meryem Uzerli's weight loss along with her shampoo ad as well as the directory, was drawing attention. And so Meryem Uzerli was replaced by Elçin Sangu. Meryem Uzerli lost the shampoo ad to Elçin Sangu whom audiences know as the character Defne in the Rental Love series.

Meryem Uzerli received $1.5 million from the shampoo commercials published in 2015. The Brand this year with Elçin Sangu agreed to £1 million. It was learned that Elçin Sangu's red hair is natural, not dyed.





Year Title Role Director Notes
2017 Mutluluk Zamanı Ada Şenol Sönmez


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki Jale
2012–2013 Aşk Kaç Beden Giyer Nehir
2013–2014 Bir Aşk Hikâyesi Eda
2014 Kurt Seyit ve Şura Güzide
2015 Sevdam Alabora Zeynep Main role, 4 episodes
2015–2017 Kiralık Aşk Defne Main role, 69 episodes
2018 Yaşamayanlar Mia Main role, 8 episodes

Music videos

Year Artist Title
2014 Toygar Işıklı "Söz Olur"
2017 Elçin Sangu & Barış Arduç "Bu Su Hiç Durmaz"


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