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Akalay posing for an interview with Cumhuriyet during the promotion of Keşanlı Ali Destanı in 2020 (photo by Vedat Arık)
|Education||Haliç University Conservatory|
(m. 2011; div. 2012)
(m. 2014; div. 2017)
Birce Akalay (born 19 June 1984) is a Turkish actress.
Akalay, who had her breakthrough with a role in the TV series Yer Gök Aşk as Havva, has appeared in various TV series and movies to this date. In 2017, she was cast in the play Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz, directed by Müjdat Gezen. In 2020, she had a leading role in the play Keşanlı Ali Destanı and portrayed the character of "Zilha". At the same time, she continued her career on television with a leading role in Star TV's series Babil, which premiered in January 2020.
Life and career
Akalay was born on 19 June 1984 in Istanbul. She started ballet at the age of four and was injured at the age of sixteen. She graduated from theatre department of Pera Fine Arts High School in 2003. She then enrolled in Istanbul University with a major in theatre analysis but left the school at third grade to pursue her dream of becoming a theatre actress. Since she had reached the age of twenty, she lost the chance to win a place in state conservatory but instead won a seat in Haliç University Conservatory for theatre studies and finished her education there. As of 2020, she is a lecturer at Haliç University's theatre department, teaching acting courses. In 2004, she completed in Miss Turkey and finished in the 3rd place. Subsequently, she represented her country in Miss Europe. In 2007, she made her television debut with a supporting role in the TV series Asi. She had her first cinematic role in the same year with a part in the movie Son Ders: Aşk ve Üniversite. She got her first leading role in television with the series Kader, playing the character of Lamia, and was then cast in the series Senin Uğruna in the same year.
After playing supporting roles in Alayına İsyan and Kış Masalı in 2009, her breakthrough came with her role as Havva in 2010 series Yer Gök Aşk, which was well received by critics and fans. In 2013, she joined the cast of Ben Onu Çok Sevdim , portraying the character of Ayhan. She continued her TV career with roles in Küçük Ağa (2014–2015), Evli ve Öfkeli (2015–2016), Hayat Bazen Tatlıdır (2016–2017) and Siyah Beyaz Aşk (2017–2018). After playing a leading role in the TV series Ağlama Anne in late 2018, she didn't appear in any productions for 1 year.
In the meantime, she started teaching as a lecturer at Haliç University Theater Department and took part in the music program Benimle Söyle as the chief judge. In January 2020, she began portraying İlay in Star TV's series Babil. Akalay has also continued her career on stage and in 2020 appeared as "Zilha" in the play Keşanlı Ali Destanı. Her cousin, Barış Murat Yağcı, is also an actor.
|2008||Son Ders: Aşk ve Üniversite||Sevim||Supporting role|
|2009||Sizi Seviyorum||Eda||Supporting role|
|Nefes: Vatan Sağolsun||Zeynep||Supporting role|
|2013||Re-Era||Scientist 1||Short film|
|2007||Senin Uğruna||Özlem||Leading role|
|2009||Alayına İsyan||Sevtap||Leading role|
|2009||Kış Masalı||Zişan||Supporting role|
|2010–2012||Yer Gök Aşk||Havva Karagül||Leading role|
|2013||Böyle Bitmesin||Aylin||Guest appearance|
|2013||Ben Onu Çok Sevdim||Ayhan Aydan||Leading role|
|2014–2015||Küçük Ağa||Sinem Acar||Leading role|
|2015–2016||Evli ve Öfkeli||Esra||Leading role|
|2016–2017||Hayat Bazen Tatlıdır||Hayat Sarıyaz||Leading role|
|2017–2018||Siyah Beyaz Aşk||Aslı Çınar Aslan||Leading role|
|2018||Ağlama Anne||Alev Fırıncıoğlu||Leading role|
|2020||Babil||İlay Yücedağ||Leading role|
|2021||Son Yaz||Sare Akay||Leading role|
|2022||As the Crow Flies||Lale Kiran||Leading role|
|2022||Graveyard||Önem Özülkü||Leading role|
|2005||Şampiyonlar Ligi Finali||Presenter (Turkish version)|
|Şampiyonlar Ligi Özel||Presenter|
|2017–2019||Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz||Hürmüz||Sadık Şendil||Müjdat Gezen|
|2020||Keşanlı Ali Destanı||Zilha||Haldun Taner||Yücel Erten|
|2021||The Taming of the Shrew||Katherina (Kate) Minola||William Shakespeare||İbrahim Çiçek|
Awards and nominations
|2017||Barrier-Free Life Foundation 8th Bests of the Year Awards||Best Theatre Actress||Yedi Kocalı Hürmüz||Won|
|2018||9th Karadeniz Technical University (KTÜ) Media Awards||Best Actress||Siyah Beyaz Aşk||Won|
|Istanbul University 1453 Awards||Best Actress of the Year||Won|
|2nd Bosphorus Awards||Most Successful Actress||Won|
|45th Golden Butterfly Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2019||Okan University Bests of the Year Awards||Best TV Actress||Ağlama Anne||Won|
|2nd Best of Rumeli Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2020||3rd International İzmir Artemis Film Festival||Best Actress (TV series)||Babil||Nominated|
|2021||We Asked the Students Project Awards||Best Actress||Won|
|2022||6th Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards||International Actress of the Year||Kuş Uçuşu
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