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Date Of BirthJune 16, 1980
FactWas discovered by a casting agent for Head-On (2004) at a Cologne shopping mall.


Who is Sibel Kekilli?

Sibel Kekilli was born on the 16th June 1980, in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg, then West Germany, of Turkish ancestry. She is a German Lola Award-winning actress, who is probably best recognized for starring in the role of Sibel Güner in the film “Head-On” (2004), playing Sarah Brandt in the TV series “Tatort” (2010-2017), and as Shae in the hit TV series “Game Of Thrones” (2011-2014). Her career has been active since 2001.

Early Life and Education

When it comes to speak about her early life, Sibel hails from a Turkish family which moved to Germany in 1977, before she was born, and settled down in Heilbronn, where she spent her childhood. Information about her parents’ names has not been revealed to the media. After finishing high school with excellent grades at the age of 16, she spent 30 months in the program to become a certified public administration specialist with the local city administration, and then worked in Heilbronn’s city hall for two years. She moved to Essen, where she worked various jobs as a nightclub manager, cleaner, waitress, bouncer and saleswoman.

Rise to Fame

Prior to becoming a professional actress, Sibel spent some time working as a pornographic actress, from 2001 to 2004 appearing in more than 15 adult movies, which helped her to significantly increase her net worth, and eventually pursue a “real” acting career. She became an actress by coincidence; a casting director noticed her at a shopping mall in Cologne in 2002, and invited her to audition for the film called “Head-On” (2004), directed by Fatih Akin. She won the main role of Sibel Güner, which was followed by her portrayal of Italienerin in the film entitled “Kebab Connection” later the same year.


Her next major roles came in 2006, when she featured as Leyla in the film “Winter Journey”, played Concierge at First Istanbul Hotel in the film “Fay Grim”, landed the role of Ruth Zilbermann in the film entitled “The Last Train”, and starred as Esma in the Turkish film “Eve Dönüş”, all of which added a considerable amount to her net worth. By the end of the decade, Sibel had been cast as Laura in the 2009 film “Playground”, after which she also appeared as Umay in the film entitled “When We Leave” in 2010. She also guest-starred in such TV series as “Nachtschicht”, “Gier”, “Homicide Unit Istanbul”, etc. Furthermore, in 2010 she was chosen to portray Sarah Brandt in the TV series “Tatort”, which aired until 2017.
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The 2010s and “Game Of Thrones”

In 2011, Sibel landed the role of Nele in the film entitled “What A Man”, after which she was selected to play Shae in several seasons of the Golden Globe Award-winning series “Game Of Thrones” – an adaptation of the novels entitled “A Song Of Ice And Fire”, written by George R.R. Martin – between 2011 and 2014 on the HBO channel, which was enormously popular around the world, and so increased her popularity too. In the meantime, she also featured as Salima Bey in the 2012 film “Die Männer der Emden”.

Recent Projects

To speak further about her acting career, Sibel starred in the role of Sibel in the TV mini-series “Bruder: Schwarze Macht” in 2017, and as Madina Taburova in the TV series “Bullets” (2018). Most recently it’s been announced that she will feature in two film titles – “Berlin, I Love You” and “Im Feuer” – both will almost certainly increase her fortune.

Awards and Recognitions

Thanks to her accomplishments in the world of acting, Sibel has won a number of significant awards. For instance, she won the prestigious German film award Lola for Best Actress two times, for her appearances in “Head-On” and “When We Leave”, and the Best Actress award at the 2006 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival for her role in “Eve Dönüş”, among many others.

Sibel Kekilli Net Worth

Her career started in 2001, and since then she has been an active member of the entertainment industry, primarily known as a professional actress. So, if you ever wondered how rich Sibel Kekilli is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through her successful acting career.

Personal Life and

Regarding her personal life, Sibel Kekilli’s most intimate details such as marital status and the number of children have not been revealed to the public. It is only known that her current residence is in Hamburg, Germany. In her spare time, she is an active member on her official Instagram account, on which she has more than 66,000 followers.

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Activism

Sibel is very active in supporting various organizations which work to suppress violence against women, such as the one called Terre des Femmes. Moreover, she was named Author of Freedom by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, following her powerful speech about domestic violence given at the International Women’s Day event at the President of Germany’s home.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Speaking about her appearance, Sibel is apparently a beautiful woman, as she has long wavy dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She has an amazing body with a height of 5ft 4ins (1.63m) and weight that is reputed to be around 121lbs (55kgs). Her vital statistics are 34-23-36.

General Info

Date Of BirthJune 16, 1980

Accomplishments

AwardsGerman Film Award for Best Leading Actress, Golden Orange Award for Best Actress (National), Bambi - Shooting Star, Tribeca Film Festival Award for Best Actress
NominationsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, European Film Award for Best Actress
TV ShowsGame of Thrones, Tatort, The Inspector and the Sea, Mordkommission Istanbul, Nachtschicht

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Quotes

#Quote
1I wasn't a competitor. I would play outside with my friends, but not really anything like ballet or soccer. I tried to play soccer, and it went badly.
2The pressure in Hollywood is bigger to look good than in Germany. In Germany, we are more forgiving. Having a personal coach in Germany is not nearly as common as in Hollywood. In Hollywood, I think everyone has a personal trainer.
3Acting for me is like a ping-pong game. That's the secret of acting. When you have a really good actor, I always want to be as good as he is or she is.
4I have to make sure I don't eat too much chocolate. You can't imagine how hard that is for a German to not eat chocolate.
5I'd like to say it is only average people who revel in the mistakes of others.
6If you move to Canada, after a few years you call yourself Canadian. In Germany, it's difficult to belong.
7It's not my passion to wake up at 6:00 in the morning to do my exercises. Sometimes I really hate it. I'm lazy.

Facts

#Fact
1Has a binovular twin sister.
2Is a supporter of the organisation Terre de Femmes. A organisation that fights for equal rights for women and helps them live an independent life.
3Is of Turkish descent.
4After graduation, she worked not only as an employee in the administration of her hometown Heilbronn, but also as a waitress and shop assistant.
5Resides in Hamburg, Germany.
6Was discovered by a casting agent for Head-On (2004) at a Cologne shopping mall.
7In her acceptance speech at the 2004 Bambi Awards, she protested against the intense German media coverage of her past as a porn actress. She reproached the tabloids "Bild" and "Kölner Express" for "media rape".
8The publicity of the Golden Bear award for her debut Head-On (2004) shed some light on her past, when the Yellow Press discovered that she had acted in several porn videos under the role name Dilara.

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Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Im Feuer2017pre-production
Tatort2010-2017TV SeriesSarah Brandt
Paare2015TV Series shortPatientin
Game of Thrones2011-2014TV SeriesShae
Die Männer der Emden2012Salima Bey
What a Man2011Nele
Mordkommission Istanbul2010TV SeriesFatma Benli
Der Kommissar und das Meer2010TV SeriesIvonne Baumann
Die Fremde2010Umay
Gier2010TV SeriesNadja Hartmann
Pihalla2009Laura
Nachtschicht2009TV SeriesLayla
Eve Dönüs2006Esma
Der letzte Zug2006Ruth Zilbermann
Fay Grim2006Concierge First Istanbul Hotel
Winterreise2006Leyla
Kebab Connection2004Italienerin
Head-On2004Sibel
Diva-Diva2002Video as Dilara
Hotel Fickmichgut2002VideoHotelchefin (as Dilara)
Lollipops 162002Video as Dilara
Die verfickte Praxis2002VideoPatientin #2 (as Dilara)
Die megageile Küken-Farm2002Video as Delara, Dilara
2002 wilde Sex-Nächte2002Video as Dilara
Auf frischer Tat ertappt!2002Video as Kim
Casa Rosso2002Video as Dilara
Ein Sommertagstraum2002VideoSarah (uncredited)
Euro Mädchen - Amateure intim 112002VideoDilara (uncredited)
Sextrip - Heisses Pflaster Amsterdam2002Video as Dilara
Süsse Teeny-Träume2002Video as Dilara
Teeny Exzesse 68 - Kesse Bienen2002Video as Sybel
Tierisches Teenie-Reiten2002VideoDilara (uncredited)
Junge Debütantinnen 19: Deutsche Debütantinnen - Hart & herzlich2001VideoKim aus Mannheim (as Kim)

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Game of Thrones: The Fallen - A Roundtable2014Video shortHerself - Shae
Game of Thrones: Season 2 - Invitation to the Set2012Video documentaryShae
The 2011 European Film Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Lola - Der Deutsche Filmpreis 20102010TV MovieHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress
The 2004 European Film Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress
Morgenmagazin2004TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unterwegs gefickt2006Video as Dilara
Der Star-Schnitt - Schonungslos & ohne Tabus2004Video as Dilara
Sibel - Die wahre Sex Diva2004VideoClip from Auf frischer Tat ertappt! (2002) (V) (as Dilara)
Das Beste aus 'Teeny Exzesse' 82001VideoClip from Teeny Exzcesse 68 - Kesse Bienen (as Dilara)

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2011German Film Critics AwardGerman Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress (Beste Darstellerin)Die Fremde (2010)
2010Critics AwardGerman Critics Association AwardsFilmDie Fremde (2010)
2010Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Die Fremde (2010)
2010Best ActressMarrakech International Film FestivalDie Fremde (2010)
2010Public's Choice AwardMontréal Festival of New CinemaDie Fremde (2010)
2010Acting AwardMontréal Festival of New CinemaBest ActressSusa (2010)
2010Bernhard Wicki Film AwardMunich Film FestivalActors Awardfor DIE FREMDE
2010Best ActressNuremberg Film Festival "Turkey-Germany"Die Fremde (2010)
2010Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Actress in a Narrative FeatureDie Fremde (2010)
2006Golden OrangeAntalya Golden Orange Film FestivalBest ActressEve Dönüs (2006)
2005Special Jury AwardSanta Barbara International Film FestivalBest Performance by an Actress in an International FilmGegen die Wand (2004)
2004BambiBambi AwardsShooting StarGegen die Wand (2004)
2004Film Award in GoldGerman Film AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Beste darstellerische Leistung - Weibliche Hauptrolle)Gegen die Wand (2004)
2004New Faces AwardNew Faces Awards, GermanyActressGegen die Wand (2004)
2004Best ActressNuremberg Film Festival "Turkey-Germany"Gegen die Wand (2004)
2004Undine AwardUndine Awards, AustriaBest Young Actress - Film (Beste jugendliche Hauptdarstellerin in einem Kinospielfilm)Gegen die Wand (2004)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesGame of Thrones (2011)
2012Bavarian TV AwardBavarian TV AwardsBest Actress in a TV Series or Miniseries (Beste Schauspielerin - Serien und Reihen)Tatort (1970)
2010European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressDie Fremde (2010)
2004European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean ActressGegen die Wand (2004)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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