Halit Ergenc

Halit Ergenc

Turkish actor
Date of Birth: 30.04.1970
Country: Turkey

Biography of Halit Ergenç

Halit Ergenç was born on April 30, 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey. His father, Sait Ergenç, was also an actor. He attended Atatürk High School and graduated in 1989. Afterward, he enrolled in Istanbul Technical University to study marine engineering. However, he realized after a year that he had chosen the wrong path and transferred to Mimar Sinan University to study opera.

Halit Ergenc

While pursuing his studies, Ergenç worked as a computer operator, marketer, backup vocalist, and dancer for well-known Turkish singers Ayshe Pekkan and Leman Sam. In 1996, he made his debut as an actor, appearing in multiple projects. He joined the Dormen Theatre, where he played his first leading role in the musical "The King and I". That same year, Ergenç made his television debut in the series "Tatlı Kaçıklar", although it did not bring him success. However, another series titled "Black Angel" launched his career.

Halit Ergenc

Ergenç continued to balance his work in theater with film and television. He appeared in various theatrical productions such as "Kiss Me Kate," "Love Me," "The Phantom and Others," "Tatlı Hayırseverlik," "Amphitrion 2000," "Evita," "When Songs Go Silent," and more. Simultaneously, he starred in the series "Böyle mi Olacaktı" (1997) and the film "Gurbetiler" (1998), before embarking on a journey to conquer America. In New York, Ergenç performed in the theatrical musical "Zach's Adventures." However, he did not establish himself in the United States and returned to Turkey to continue his work in television.

Halit Ergenc

From 1999 to 2004, Ergenç appeared in various projects such as "Signature of Death" (1999), "There is No Such Thing" (2000), "Grandpa, Waffle, and Me" (2001), "Nanny" (2001), "Azad" (2002), "Fire Zeybek" (2002), "Footprints on the Beach" (2002), "Zerda" (2002-2004), "Father" (2003), "My Father, My Hero" (2003), "Prisoners of a Captive City" (2003), "School" (2004), and "Aliye" (2004). In 2005, he starred in the Turkish film "My Father and My Son," which became one of the best films in Turkey but did not bring Ergenç much fame as he played a supporting role. His subsequent films, including "Net 2.0" (2006), "Tramway" (2006), and "First Love" (2006), also did not elevate his career.

Halit Ergenc

Ergenç returned to television, where he gained nationwide fame with the series "1001 Nights" in 2006, marking his first leading role on television. The multi-season drama was successful and aired for four years (from 2006 to 2009). During this time, Ergenç also appeared in the film "Revolution's Machines" (2008) and got married to Gizem Soysal. However, the marriage was short-lived, and they divorced a year and a half later. Following "1001 Nights," Ergenç starred in the films "Bitter Love" (2009) and "Our Lesson: Atatürk" (2010), both of which saw him in leading roles. In 2011, he achieved international stardom with the historical epic series "Magnificent Century," portraying the title character, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.

The success of "Magnificent Century" propelled Ergenç to become a sex symbol in Turkey, but it also brought many difficulties in his daily life due to his character's iconic beard. The series not only became a phenomenon in Turkey but was also broadcast in over 50 countries, gaining immense popularity in Russia and Ukraine. Ergenç's on-screen chemistry with co-star Meryem Uzerli, who played Hürrem Sultan, captivated viewers worldwide. Although Uzerli was later replaced by Vahide Perçin in the fourth season, the series continued to thrive. Ergenç appeared in the film "The Guest" in 2011 and subsequently starred in "Ali and Nino" (2016), "Red Istanbul" (2017), and the series "You Are My Homeland" (2016), where his real-life wife, Bergüzar Korel, also played a leading role.

It is believed that Ergenç's relationship with Korel during the filming of "1001 Nights" led to his divorce from Gizem Soysal. Currently, Korel and Ergenç are still together and raising their son, Ali, who was born on February 9, 2010. Fans of Halit Ergenç can hope for the continued success of his latest project, "You Are My Homeland," which is likely to air in their home country soon.

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