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4 December 2017 / Lifestyle

6 Male Turkish TV Stars Worth Watching

After the USA, Turkey has achieved an impressive record of being the second highest exporter of TV series. Latest stats say yearly profits from Turkish soap operas and dramas exported abroad will reach 350 million USD by the end of 2017.

The programs focusing on love, war, historical events and anything else that tugs at our heartstrings is part of an extensive program by the Turkish government to export cultural products around the globe. The reason they do so well is where other cultures focus on a captivating plotline and lots of action, Turkish dramas concentrate on emotions experienced by every average person on the street.

Turkish TV Series appear on screens in 100 countries around the globe, and with the popularity of online streaming software like Netflix, the chances are that if you have not already watched one, you will soon. With that in mind, we have picked our favourite male Turkish TV stars who have gained fame for their acting skills, and in some cases, extremely good lucks at the same time.

Male Turkish Tv Stars Worth Watching

Mehmet Akif Alakurt

The actor and model Mehmet Akif Alakurt was born in the Turkish province of Ordu in 1979. Measuring more than 6 feet, he has often been labelled the most handsome man in Turkey, winning an award in 2001 as the top male model in the country.


Unfortunately, if you want to watch any of his work, you find to go back a couple of years to the Sila or Adanli series because industry insiders who noticed his lack of presence say he bought a farm in Brazil and turned his back on the cameras.

His last notable role was in the TV series Emanet in 2014 but go back to the 2003 series Kirik Avna if you want to see his very first performance. You can also catch him in the TV series Fatih, in which he played the leading role of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed the 2nd.


Cagatay Ulusoy

Modelling seems to be a favourite career choice before acting because Turkish star Cagatay Ulusoy also spent time adorning the catwalk. Born in 1990 in Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, the TV series Adini Feriha Koydum kickstarted his acting career in 2011.

Ulusoy also uniquely spent time studying garden landscaping and took on modelling work as a student. For the last year, Ulusoy has played the lead character in the TV series Icerde. He has also spread his wings and invested in the USA real estate market by buying a house in California. (Official website -


Burak Ozcivit

With a full head of wavy, well-groomed black hair and a sultry look gleaming from his eyes, it is no surprise that Burak Ozcivit is likewise a Turkish model and actor. Born in 1984, he has appeared in TV series, commercials and also the big screen film Musallat.

It was in 2006 that he got his acting career into motion and he has not looked back since then. In the Turkish version of Gossip Girl, Kucuk Sirlar (little secrets), he played the role of Cetin based on Chuck bass. Blissful in love, he married his significant other Fahrive Evcen in 2017.

Burak Ozcivit is another male Turkish actor that can count appearances in the highly successful tv series Magnificent Century to his resume. He has also founded his own production company.

Kivanc Tatlitug

Kivanc Tatlitug is excellent at putting his hands to anything given his career history as an actor, model and a prominent basketball player. Born in 1983 in Adana, he has won many awards and netted himself a healthy paycheck in the process.


One of his most notable claims to fame is receiving praise from the highly respected director James Cameron. Otherwise, you can also catch his work in TV series such as Kuzey Guney, Cesur ve Guzel and Menekse ile Halil.

He also had the honour of appearing in Gumus that was the first Turkish tv series sold to audiences in the Middle East.  Any hard-core fans of his clean cut looks will also be disappointed because, in 2016, he married Basak Dizer. Kivanc has won awards for his acting work, however, is also a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. (Official website -

Mehmet Gunsur

Born in 1975, Mehmet Gunsur has not only succeeded in the acting and modelling world but also transitioned into producing. Standing at 5 feet, 10 inches, he is also most notably known for his role in one of Turkish TV Series most successful production, the Magnificent Century.


One of Mehmet’s first jobs was as a barman, but his acting and language skills have also led him to appear in Italian and American programs as well. Notable awards include most promising actor given by the Ankara international film festival. Watch out for him in 2018, when he appears in the independent series Kanga that follows the story of a quantum physicist on the journey of his life.

Kenan Imirzalioglu

Kenan Imirzalioglu was born in 1974. Like other prominent actors of his time, he first entered the world of modelling before catching the eye of producers to star in the TV series of Deli Yurek. Studying at a university in Istanbul, his charm and good looks, as well as encouragement by friends, caused him to sign up with a modelling agency, which opened connections and led onto his entrance in the acting world.


After appearing in the film Aci Hayat, his Turkish fanbase increased to record numbers. One of his biggest success stories was the TV series Ezel that finished in 2011. His last big project was the series Karadayi that ran from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, he married his sweetheart but still manages to woo the hearts of thousands of people all over Turkey. Official website available in English here -


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