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Neslihan Atagül

Neslihan AtagülNeslihan Atagül, born on the 20th of August 1992 in Istanbul,Turkey is a Turkish actress that rose to prominence by acting in the film ilk Ask in 2006.

Neslihan made her acting debut in the television series Yaprak Dökümü from 2006 through 2010 and later starred in the film Araf in 2011.

During the same year she appeared in the television series Canim Babam in 2011.

She came to international attention for her roles in Fatih Harbiye in 2013 through 2014 and Kara Sevda from 2015 to 2016 and received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades.

The series was produced by Ay Yapım, which has created some of Turkey’s most memorable dramas in recent years including Ezel in 2009 and Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? in 2010.

She is best known for her role in Kara Sevda, one of the most successful Turkish series which sold to more than 110 countries and the only winner of the International Emmy Award in 2017.

The awards event was organised by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognises excellence in television from around the world.

Neslihan AtagülShe continued her movie career with a role in Senden Bana Kalan with Ekin Koc in 2013. She is the top model that international brand “Pantene” has.

She is currently known for her role in the serie Sefirin Kızı as Nare Çelebi.

Neslihan has a huge fan base all around the world, because of her personality and the image she projects. Even at an early age she became one the best actresses in Turkey.

For many people she is considered the future of Turkey. Neslihan loves to travel often visiting Europe.

She also enjoys playing volleyball, swimming, reading, watching movies, horse back riding and many other outdoor sports.

Neslihan began dating her co-star Kadir Dogulu, who portrays Macit Arcaoglu in 2013 for two years.

In October of 2013 after 2 years of dating, the two became engaged on the 26th of November 2015 and got married on 8th of July 2016.

In 2007 and 2012 she was chosen Best young Actress at the“Altin Koza Film Festivali”. In 2012, she was chosen as Best Actress of the year by the “Tokyo Uluslararasi Film Festivali”.

In her role as "Araf” she won Best Actress in this story about people caught between a despairing present and the promise of a free future.

Neslihan AtagülThe movie follows Zehra and Olgun, two young souls trying to break away from a vicious cycle of dysfunctional families and small-town lethargy.

Yet the escape they choose in order to change their destinies will lead to unforeseen consequences.

She set out to become an actress when she was only 8 years old. At age 13, she found the number for the Erberk Agency, owned by Neşe Erberk; she got his address and went with her mother to register. A month later, she was cast in a commercial in 2005.

Her father was a driver and her mother a housewife. Her father is of Circassian descent and her mother of Belarusian descent. She studied theater at the University of Yeditepe.

A year later, in 2006, she made her acting debut in the film İlk Aşk, for which she won the first prize of her career as a "Promising Young Actress".

Shortly thereafter, she got her first role in the series Yaprak Dökümü and in the following years, she participated in other television series such as Canım Babam and Hayat Devam Ediyor.

In 2012, she got the starring role in the film Araf, for which she won numerous awards and was praised for her performance by a Japanese director.

In addition, she won the Academy Award for "Best Actress" at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival.

In 2013, Atagül landed her first leading role in the romantic drama series Fatih Harbiye, alongside Kadir Doğulu. The series is an adaptation of the book by Turkish writer Peyami Safa, published in 1931.

Neslihan AtagülIn this series she played Neriman Solmaz, a young orphan who is engaged to her lifelong boyfriend until she meets Macit Arcaoğlu (Kadir Doğulu).

Fatih Harbiye premiered on the 31st of August 2013 on the Fox channel in Turkey and later moved to Show TV. It ran for 2 seasons and ended on the 10th of December 2014.

In 2015, one of the most important and most beloved roles of her career would arrive, that of Nihan Sezin in the Turkish drama and romance series Kara Sevda.

Nihan is an upper class girl who casually meets Kemal (Burak Özçivit), a shy middle class boy and they both fall in love. Their love is impossible due to the difference in classes but they look for a way to be together.

However, due to a family secret, Nihan is forced to marry Emir Kozcuoğlu (Kaan Urgancıoğlu), a very powerful but very selfish and ruthless man and leaves Kemal without any explanation.

To try to forget her, Kemal decides to leave Istanbul but 5 years later he returns as an important businessman who seeks revenge and who will try to discover the whole truth.

The series has become a milestone in the international history of Turkish series, being the first and only Turkish series to be awarded the most prestigious television awards in the world, the International Emmy Awards for best telenovela in 2017.

Neslihan AtagülThe series was produced by Ay Yapım - the creator of some of Turkey’s most memorable dramas in recent years including Ezel from 2009 and Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? in 2010.

Also the series received the special jury award at the Seoul International Drama Awards.

Kara Sevda has become the most watched Turkish series in the world - being translated into more than 50 languages and broadcast in more than 110 countries such as Russia, Italy, Germany, Iran, Slovenia, Uruguay, Greece, and many others.

Broadcast in the United States, it became the most watched foreign series in the entire history of the country and the record-breaking Turkish series achieved larger audiences than any other Turkish series ever achieved.

The series was broadcast by StarTV and had 2 seasons with a total of 74 episodes and, during its broadcast in Turkey, it was one of the most watched series.

It premiered on the 14th of October 2015 and ended on the 21st of June 2017.

Thanks to her performance in this series, Neslihan won 4 awards as an actress and her popularity and recognition as an actress skyrocketed, not only in Turkey but also internationally.

Due to the overwhelming success of Kara Sevda around the world, in the "Tashkent City Park" Wax Museum in Uzbekistan, the two figures of Nihan and Kemal are exhibited in the part dedicated to Istanbul.

Neslihan AtagülShe made her debut on online platforms with the internet television series Dip, in 2018 with Berrak Tüzünataç and Ilker Kaleli.

In 2019, Neslihan Atagül returned to the screens with the series Sefirin Kızı, playing Nare. Sancar (Engin Akyürek) and Nare have been in love since they were children but Nare's father does not agree with their relationship.

To prevent them from being together, he makes his daughter disappear and makes Sancar believe that she fled in regret. Years later, both of them meet again but Sancar is now preparing his wedding with another girl.

The series aired on StarTV and had 2 seasons with a total of 52 episodes. It premiered on the 16th December 2019 and ended on the 11st of May 2021.

For her performance in the series, she won the award for "Best Actress" at the Izmir Artemis International Film Festival.

However, midway through the series, Neslihan announced her withdrawal from the series due to health problems as she suffered from "leaky gut syndrome".

In her own words on social media: "Hello everyone. I say goodbye to Nare, who I feel to the cells as I interpret her. Although I tolerate it, my body did not show that tolerance."

"I need to rest. Greetings to my team on the series 'Ambassador's Daughter'! Thank you friends. Thank you to our audience, you have always supported us. You are so good! See you soon in other stories..."

Neslihan AtagülThe series producers issued their own statement on Twitter: "We had to make changes to our script and story due to the health problems of our actress Neslihan Atagül Doğulu. For this reason, we regret to inform our audience that Ms. Neslihan will not be with us in the new episodes."

"As Nare, the Ambassador's Daughter, we sincerely thank our dear Neslihan Atagül Doğulu, one of the most precious of our adventure, for all her work and contributions and we wish her the best of luck ".

Currently, Neslihan Atagül is immersed in a new professional project - Hadsiz Magazine, which will bring impressive photographs, exclusive interviews with great guests.

My job is to play another character in front of the camera, said the actress. When I am Neslihan in front of the camera, I feel stressed and embarrassed. When I play another character, I can be very comfortable.

Atagül said that one should ask themselves, "What can I do for children, for the world or for anything else or anybody else?" Thinking is very valuable. We must encourage people to think beautifully."

She has disclosed the goal that she wants to fullfill the most - she wants to hug a lion. She has said that she wants to fulfill this goal.

Neslihan Atagül has an extremely impressive 12.3 million followers on Instagram.

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Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2006 İlk Aşk Genç Bahar Supporting role
2011 Araf Zehra Leading role
2015 Senden Bana Kalan Elif
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 Celebi

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Ceremony Category Project Result
2007 14th Golden Cocoon Film Festival Hope-giving Young Actress İlk Aşk Won
2012 Moscow 2morrow Film Festival Now and Future Best Actress Araf Won
19th Golden Cocoon Film Festival Hope-giving Young Actress Won
25th Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Pune International Film Festival Best Performance Won
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
6th Ayaklı Newspaper TV Stars Awards Best TV Drama Actress Won
Seoul International Drama Awards Best Actress Nominated
MGD 22nd Golden Lens Awards Best Drama Actress Won
2017 1st Müzikonair Awards Best TV Actress 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

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