BIO | Serra Yılmaz was born in Istanbul. Yilmaz made her cinematic debut in 1983 in Atif Yilmaz’s Sekerpare, followed by a series of roles in works by other greats of 1980s Turkish cinema, including Ömer Kavur’s Anayurt oteli, in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 1987. In 1988 she began working as an actor and dramaturge for the City Theatre Company in Istanbul. In 1998, her performance in Ferzan Özpetek’s Harem Suaré garnered her a Best Supporting Actress Award at the Antalya Film Festival and was the beginning of a longstanding working relationship with the director. In 2001 Özpetek directed her in Le fate ignoranti and the following year saw her in Elisabeth Raygaard’s Omfavn mig måne. She won the Best Actress Award both at the Istanbul Festival and the Sadri Alisik Theater and Cinema Awards for her performance in Ümit Ünal’s Dokuz (2002). In 2004 she teamed up with Özpetek once more in La finestra di fronte, which won numerous prizes. In 2005 she performed at the Teatro Rifredi in Florence in L’ultimo Harem – The Last Harem, directed by Angelo Savelli, which enjoyed a successful rerun for seven seasons. In 2010 she played various roles in Sedef Ecer’s Sur le seuil. In 2011 she was appointed as one of the members the jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film in the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Yilmaz has combined her film career with working in successful TV series and translating.


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