Who is Engin Akyürek?
Engin Akyürek was born in Ankara, Turkey, on 12 October 1981 – his zodiac sign is Libra and he holds Turkish nationality. He’s an actor, who’s probably still known best for his portrayal of Mustafa Bulut in the 2009 romantic drama series “Bir Bulut Olsam”, which starred Aslihan Gurbuz, Berfu Ongoren and Burcu Binici. It follows Mustafa who is in love with Narin, who doesn’t love him but who is forced to marries him anyway; a young doctor working for the United Nations arrives in the city and falls in love with Narin. The series attracted some attention, and received mixed reviews.
Early life, parents and education
Engin was raised in Ankara alongside his younger brother by their mother who is a housewife, and their father who is a government official.
He became interested in acting while attending a local elementary school, as he would often watch TV movies and series with his family. Engin went on to appear in a school play, but was urged by his father to focus on his education rather than to pursue his dreams of becoming a famous actor. Upon matriculating in 1999, Engin enrolled at Ankara University’s Department of History, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2003.
Roles in movies
Engin made his debut film appearance in the 2006 drama “Destiny” (original “Kader”) written and directed by Zeki Demirkubuz, and which starred Ufur Bayraktar, Vildan Atasever and Engin. It follows Bekir who is in love with Ukur, while she’s love with Zagor who is a criminal. The film was very popular, winning ten awards of the 19 it was nominated for.
Engin’s following movie role came in 2014, when he portrayed the lead character Tekin in the romantic mystery drama “A Small September Affair” (original “Bi Küçük Eylül Meselesi”) written and directed by Kerem Deren, and which also starred Farah Zeynep Abdullah and Ceren Moray. It follows the life of a beautiful girl who can’t remember the last month of her life, prior to a serious car crash which nearly cost her her life. In 2018, Engin starred as Kerem alongside Hilal Altinbilek and Serif Sezer in the fantasy horror drama “Çocuklar Sana Emanet” written and directed by Çagan Irmak, and which follows Kerem as he’s recovering from a car accident in a strange village full of mysteries.
Engin went on to star in the short romantic drama “Baska Ihtimal”, while his most recent role in a movie has been in the 2019 romantic drama “Bir Ask Iki Hayat”, starring alongside Berguzar Korel and Ipek Bilgin, and which follows the life of Umut which will change based on whether or not he decides to take his dog out for a walk. The movie won three of the five awards it was nominated for.
Roles in TV series
Engin made his debut TV series performance in 2004, when cast to portray the lead character Kadir in the romantic comedy drama “Yabanci Damat”, which aired its 106 episodes in the following five years. In 2007, Engin portrayed another lead character Nizipli, in the romantic action drama “Karayilan”, but which was cancelled after airing 18 episodes because of low ratings.
He gained further recognition in 2010, when cast to play the main character Kerim Ilgaz in the romantic drama “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?”, which also starred Beren Saat and Firat Çelik, and follows Kerim who falls in love with Fatmagul, a girl who was raped by his three friends. In 2014, Engin starred as Omer in the hit action crime drama “Black Money Love” (original “Kara Para Ask”), which also starred Tuba Büyüküstün and Erkan Can, and follows the police officer Omar as he investigates his fiancé Sibel’s murder. In 2017, Engin played Daghan Soysur in the drama “Olene Kadar”, which aired 13 episodes before being cancelled for low ratings.
Engin’s most recent role in a TV series has been in the drama “The Ambassador’s Daughter” (original “Sefirin Kizi”), in which he is starring alongside Erdal Küçükkömürcü and Konca Cilasun, and which follows Sancar and Nare who have been in love since they were teenagers. The series has been airing since 2019, winning five of the six awards it’s been nominated for.
In 2018, Engin appeared in an episode of the talk-show “Corta por Lozano”.
Awards and nominations
Engin has been nominated for ten awards winning five.
In 2006, he won a Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) Award for Most Promising Artist for his performance in “Kader”.
In 2015, he won a Seoul International Drama Award for Best Actor for “Kara Para Ask”.
The year 2017 saw him win a Pantene Golden Butterfly Award for Miracle Creators.
While he was in 2019 awarded a Sadri Alisik Theatre and Cinema Ayhan Isik Special Jury Award.
In 2020, Engin won an International Izmir Film Festival Golden Artemis Award for Best Actor for “Sefirin Kizi”.
Some of the other awards he has been nominated for include a 2015 International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor, and a 2016 Turkey Youth Golden Star Award for Best TV Actor both for “Kara Para Ask”, and a 2019 French Soap Award for International Best Actor for “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?”
Love life and wife
In 2011, Engin was in a relationship with Cansu Taskin, a Turkish actress and model known for her roles in the 2013 comedy “(Q)üfür “ and the 2017 romantic movie “Bambaska”. The two dated for only a couple of months before splitting ways for unknown reasons.
In 2014, Engin began dating Tuvana Turkay, another Turkish actress who has played lead characters in over ten movies, including the 2015 “Güvercin Uçuverdi”, the 2016 “Somuncu Baba Aşkın Sırrı” and the 2020 “Ağır Romantik”. The two were together for around a year and a half before breaking-up.
He dated Cansu Dere, a Turkish actress, for several months in 2018 before splitting.
As of March 2021, Engin appears to be dating Tülin Yazkan, alongside whom he is starring in the series “The Ambassador’s Daughter”. He hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Engin loves to travel and his acting career has taken him to film festivals all around Europe, while he’s also had several opportunities to visit various US states, such as New York, California and Florida.
He is keen on exercising in his spare time, and Engin has up to five training sessions at the gym each week, thus his well-toned body. He is also following a somewhat strict diet, so avoids eating sugar and fast food.
Engin likes to spend his free time with his wider family, and many of his cousins can be seen featured in his Instagram pictures.
He is a huge fan of mafia movies – his favorites are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Scarface” and “Taxi Driver” – while a couple of his favorite actors are Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
Age, height and net worth
Engin’s age is 39. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 1in (1.87m), and he weighs around 185lbs (85kgs).
As of March 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.