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Born in Antalya, Turkey
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Serenay Sarikaya was born 1 July 1991 in Ankara,Turkey.She is a Turkish actress and model. At the age 15, she participated in a beauty competition and received a special award from the jury.She later rose to prominence by acting in the cinema movie Plajda (2008). Serenay made her acting debut with a minor part in the movie Saskin (2006) and later starred in the film Plajda (2008). At the same year she appeared in the television series Peri masali (2008) directed by Sinan Çetin and was later prepared by him for her first leading role in Lemon Tree (2008). She later appeared at the final episodes of Adanali (2008). Serenay became the first runner-up at Miss Turkey 2010. She came to international attention for her roles in Lale Devri (2010) and Medcezir (2013) and received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades, including two Golden Butterfly Awards. She continued her movie career with a role in Behzat Ç. Ankara Yaniyor (2013). In 2013 she was chosen Best Stylish Actress in "Turkey Elle Style Awards".In 2014, she was chosen as the Woman of the Year by "GQ Turkey". As well she is the face of numerous brands. She is one of the best model that brand international "Mavi" has. She has very much fans, all around the world, because all about kindness, grace, gentleness that she has. She has very beautiful voice too, in series Medcezir (2013) she show too that she has brilliant voice. With her co-partner Çagatay Ulusoy, they have many songs, that all are hits. For example "Isyan", "Sabret", "Tek Basina", "Masum Degiliz" and of cause duets with Çagatay Ulusoy: "Beni Benimle Birak Giderken", "Dunyayi Durduran", "Medcezir", "Bir Kuyruklu Yildiza Mektup". Even in early age she is one the best actresses that Turkey has, so leaving behind very good actresses that are more old and have more experience, like Beren Saat, Bergüzar Korel, Tuba Büyüküstün, etc. For many people she is considered the future of Turkey.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Linda

Serenay Sarikaya (born 1 July 1991) is a Turkish actress and model.

At the age 15, she participated in a beauty competition and received a special award from the jury. She later rose to prominence by acting in the cinema movie Plajda (2008).

Sarikaya made her acting debut with a minor part in the movie Saskin (2006) (2006) and later starred in the film Plajda (2008). At the same year she appeared in the television series Peri masali (2008) directed by Sinan Çetin and was later prepared by him for her first leading role in Lemon Tree (2008) (2008). She later appeared in Adanali (2008). Sarikaya became the first runner-up at Miss Turkey 2010. She came to international attention for her roles in Lale Devri (2010) and Medcezir (2013) and received critical acclaim and won numerous accolades, including two Golden Butterfly Awards. She continued her movie career with a role in Behzat Ç. Ankara Yaniyor (2013).

In addition to her acting career, Sarikaya has appeared in many advertising films and is the face of numerous brands. In 2014, she was chosen as the Woman of the Year by GQ Turkey.

Serenay Sarikaya was born on 1 July 1991 in Ankara to Seyhan Umran and Mustafa Sarikaya. She resided with her family in Antalya until the age of 7 when her parents separated. After her father's remarriage, she moved to Istanbul with her mother. She later described her experience of growing up without her father in an interview: "For a little girl, father is a special factor in her evolution. Growing up without your father is a big experience". At that time, when they wanted to decide about their living in Antalya or Istanbul, Sarikaya told her mother that she wanted to become an actress and made her mother move to Istanbul. Sarikaya later studied at Antalya Saime Salih Konca High School and although she wanted to continue her studies in university, she hasn't received any degree yet. During her childhood, Sarikaya wanted to become a model. She has been an avid player of volleyball and also frequently takes part in basketball. She is also interested in tennis and Latin dance. At the age 15, Sarikaya participated in the European Junior Beauty Contest held in the Czech Republic and received a special prize from the jury.

In 2006, after receiving a special prize from the jury at the European Youth Beauty Competition held in the Czech Republic, she took part in the film Saskin (2006) directed by Sahin Alparslan and portrayed the character Itir. In 2008, she starred in an advertising film for Turkcell and then acted in her second movie Plajda (2008) produced by Sinan Çetin and directed by Murat Seker. She played the character Asli in this movie. She was then prepared by Çetin for her first leading role in a TV series titled Peri masali (2008) directed by Celal Çimen. She portrayed the fairy godmother Talya. Her co-stars included Aysen Gruda, Altan Günbay and Sahap Sayilgan. At the same year she starred in the TV seriesLemon Tree (2008) alongside Kaan Urgancioglu. It was again produced by Sinan Çetin and directed by Deniz Ergun. After the tenth episode, Sarikaya's character Peri was removed from the story-line. In 2008, Sarikaya began to take part in the TV series Adanali (2008) which was created by Tayfun Güneyer and directed by Adnan Güler. The starring cast included Oktay Kaynarca, Mehmet Akif Alakurt and Selin Demiratar. She played the role of Oktay Kaynarca's Greek-Turkish daughter named Sofia and received critical acclaim for mix Greek-Adana accent. She competed in the national beauty contest of Miss Turkey on 1 April 2010, representing the National Capital, Ankara. She was placed as the first runner-up to the eventual winner, Gizem Memic, representing Gaziantep, and earned the right to represent Turkey on the Miss Universe contest. However, she dropped this chance as she wanted to continue her acting career and Gizem Memic took her place instead. Sarikaya left the cast of Adanali (2008) at its second season and instead started to act in another TV series titled Lale Devri (2010) produced by Sukru Avsar and directed by Murat Düzgünoglu. She portrayed the character of Yesim Taskiran. Her co-stars included Tolgahan Sayisman and Hatice Aslan. She sang a song in an episode of this series that attracted the audience and received proposals for making an album. Sarikaya said that she had discovered her talent in music with the help of her friend and was trained to improve her sound. In an interview she was offered to record an album on which she replied: "The offers are correct. Fees aren't bad. But I'm not going to sing. My job is acting". She starred in a short film in 2011 titled Hosçakal. In 2012, after finishing the second season of Lale Devri (2010) she decided to leave the series and due to her contract left the series at the beginning of the third season.

In May 2013, Sarikaya began shooting for Behzat Ç. Ankara Yaniyor (2013), a cinema movie adapted from the television series Behzat Ç.: Bir Ankara Polisiyesi (2010). She portrayed the character Melisa. At the same year Sarikaya alongside Çagatay Ulusoy acted in the series Medcezir (2013) which is based on the original American series The O.C. (2003). The scenario was written by Ece Yörenç and the series was directed by Ali Bilgin. Sarikaya's character Mira Beylice, was an adaptation from one of the original series' characters, Marissa Cooper. In 2014, she appeared in an advertising film for Elidor alongside her Medcezir (2013) co-star, Hazar Ergüçlü. In March of the same year, she appeared in another advertising film for the brand Thor directed by an Icelander. She later became the face of Mavi Jeans after signing a two-year contract. For the promotion of the spring-summer collection of this brand, Sarikaya shot commercials alongside the famous Brazilian model Francisco Lachowski. At the September of the same year, she again appeared in an advertising film for the same brand. The action scenes involved in the advertising film was shot in three days. For the promotion of 2015 spring-summer collection of the Mavi Jeans, Sarikaya went in front of the camera with Kerem Bürsin. Sarikaya and Bürsin's joint singing in the commercials received a positive response from the audience.

In 2017-18, she played the character Duru in the series Fi (2017) that is based on the novels of same name.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: ahmetkozan

Trivia (10)

Beginning in 2008, she started acting in a number of television shows and movies.
She qualified to represent Turkey in the Miss Universe 2010 pageant, but chose to further pursue her acting career instead.
Turkish model and beauty queen who won the title of Miss Turkey Universe in 2010.
She was born in Ankara, Turkey. Her parents are Seyhan Umran and Mustafa Sarikaya.
She won "Best Actress Medcezir (2013)" at Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards in 2015.
She won "Best Actress Medcezir (2013)" at Magnum Golden Butterfly Awards in 2014.
She won "Best Actress Fi (2017)" at Ayakli Gazete TV Stars Awards in 2017.
She won "Female Cinema Actress of the Year" at the 4th Golden Palm Awards in 2017.
Was in a relationship with Kerem Bürsin from 2015 to 2019.
She is a Turkish citizen. American Indians and Turkics lived in same region. Firstly, Turkics lived in Khakassia and have red hair and blue eyes. They immigrated to East Asia, Europe, India, Africa. Nowadays, Some Turkics have slanted eyes, light or dark skins.

Personal Quotes (12)

We change and thrive everyday, even without awareness. It's inevitable. As long as you don't deny the change, life becomes easier. You can handle certain things more lightly.That's why I don't fear change and developing. I joined this sector at 15, now I'm 26. When I look back of course many things have changed and improved. I'm thankful of everything that forced me to improve and brought me here today.
There are very nice projects out there in the last period. There's probably a lot when I say I wish I had played that. Professional deformation. The human wants to play everything. But it would be nice if I was a Bond girl.
Maybe it was before, but I think that something isn't just enough to be visually good at this time. Like I said, it's a team thing. Very good stories may fail because of wrong choices. Or, on the contrary, a project with great choices may fail because of a story.So I think we are talking about success when all the right elements come together. I think natural, what's humanely attractive is success. The thing I'm chasing is totally the story. I've never had such worries to be the lead role, main character. Every job I do lovingly and excitingly makes me happy.
Yes. Bergen's style is old fashioned. It doesn't suit me from outside. But this contrary, makes me more excited.
One of the turning points of my life was probably my first meeting with my manager Ayse Barim. At that time, there was modeling, and I kept on going to my life and fashion shows. It was a very hectic and anxious period. Very broad. I was looking at my family and I had concerns about the future. I wanted to put myself in a good place. I wanted to do everything, somehow wanted everything to come to place immediately. Ayse said something very nice: "I think you should think about it, what do you want in this life? What do you want to be? What will make you happy? What are you gonna make money for? What are you gonna do this for? First decide this. I didn't really meet and talk to Ayse for a period of three months, but after believing what was the biggest pleasure to me during that time, I thought this was it. That was my rebirth.
No. The scenario isn't finished yet. This is a work I really value in my career. That's why I don't want to haste anything. I want to realize this project successfully. We're moving forward with assured steps. We can only start this job only when we feel everything is ready, completed.
The cinema is so magical. I've got a movie that I feel I can really protect. But I truly believe that cinema is a brave square. I want to do some great movies too.
I was a very confident person, thanks to my mother. She said it was very precious to be myself first. After I finished my judgment with myself and accepted it, I already had nothing to hide. That's when I started gaining confidence. My mother was there for me whatever I did. If I do it wrong, I know that I do bad, I have someone to support me. Feeling that power makes people more free and powerful. I think self-confidence starts in family.
The Office. With Steve Carell. When I'm not in my mode, I turn on and watch. He never disappoints me. I die laughing.
I watch a lot of series and movies, and read books. I follow new and interesting projects. Especially from other countries, I love watching stories in other languages. I believe that the habits of new cultures, their styles would add diversity to my job.I love to set a goal, same as in Fi, and to prepare spiritually for it, not just to improve my acting
I am an absolutely passionate woman. For example, I am passionately attached to acting. But I am trying to be more patient, different from Duru.
The evil done to nature makes me so angry. Especially in the last period, a human can not protect his own place, can't keep it clean, it makes me upset. And the injustice that human beings do to each other. Prejudices make me sad. Actually, I'm really angry. But I don't think there's anyone who sees me with anger. 'Cause there's nothing wrong right now to be angry about. If you're in a crisis, you should think how to overcome it. But when you go around frustratingly, angry, you're destroying everything around, and then there's no way out at all, so I choose to be a little more constructive.

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