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      Sibel Kekilli

      Sibel Kekilli

      Highest Rated: 91% Head-On (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Berlin, I Love You (2019)

      Birthday: Jun 16, 1980

      Birthplace: Heilbronn, Germany

      Sibel Kekilli was a German actress of Turkish descent best known to American audiences for her role as Shae on HBO's "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). Having been born and raised to Turkish parents in the small German city of Heilbronn, Kekilli never felt like she entirely fit in with her fellow countrymen. Thus, at the age of 16, she left town and moved to the city of Essen, where she took on a stream of odd jobs that included waitressing, working as a shop assistant, even acting in adult films, which would later come back to haunt her. It was in 2002 that while strolling in a shopping mall in Cologne that a casting agent spotted the strikingly beautiful Kekilli and encouraged her to audition for a new movie he was working on. The film was called "Head-On" (2004) and after a lengthy auditioning process, Kekilli won the part of an emotionally disturbed Turkish-German woman who falls in love with a widower. The film was well received upon its release, even earning Kekilli a Lola Award, the German equivalent of the Oscars. However, while doing press for the film, the German media dug up Kekilli's past career in the adult film industry, which caused the newbie actress much embarrassment. Determined not to allow the negative press to undermine her burgeoning film career, Kekilli continued to garner praise for her work in such highly acclaimed German films as "The Last Train" (2006), "Playground" (2009), and "When We Leave" (2010), the last of which earned Kekilli her second Lola. In 2010 Kekilli began appearing on TV in a supporting role on the long-running German cop show, "Tatort" (Das Erste 1970- ). Kekilli was thrilled to land the part of investigator Sarah Brandt on the show, as she was starting to become typecast in foreign-speaking roles in German films. Kekilli's biggest international break came when she nabbed the part of Shae, a prostitute with strange and mysterious intentions, on the hit fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" (HBO 2011- ).

      Highest rated movies

      91% Head-On
      72% When We Leave
      11% Berlin, I Love You

      Photos

      Sibel Kekilli at arrivals for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Part 1, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Sibel Kekilli at arrivals for HBO''s GAME OF THRONES Fourth Season Premiere, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY March 18, 2014. Photo By: Gregorio T. Binuya/Everett Collection Sibel Kekilli at arrivals for GAME OF THRONES Third Season Premiere, TCL (formerly Grauman''s) Chinese Theatre, Los Angeles, CA March 18, 2013. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), from left: Settar Tanriogen, Sibel Kekilli, 2010. ph: Christian Huning/©Majestic-Filmverleih WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), from left: Sibel Kekilli, Alwara Hofels, 2010. ©Majestic-Filmverleih WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), Sibel Kekilli, 2010. ph: Christian Huning/©Majestic-Filmverleih WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), Sibel Kekilli, 2010. ph: Christian Huning/©Majestic-Filmverleih WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), from left: Florian Lukas, Sibel Kekilli, 2010. ph: Christian Huning/©Majestic-Filmverleih WHEN WE LEAVE, (aka DIE FREMDE), Sibel Kekilli, 2010. ©Majestic-Filmverleih HEAD-ON, (aka GEGEN DIE WAND), Sibel Kekilli, 2004 HEAD-ON, (aka GEGEN DIE WAND), Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, 2004 HEAD-ON, (aka GEGEN DIE WAND), Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, 2004 HEAD-ON, (aka GEGEN DIE WAND), Sibel Kekilli, 2004 HEAD-ON, (aka GEGEN DIE WAND), Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, 2004. ©Strand Releasing WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Josef Bierbichler (bottom), Sibel Kekilli (top), 2006. ©X Verleih AG WINTER JOURNEY, (aka WINTERREISE), Sibel Kekilli, director Hans Steinbichler, on set, 2006. ©X Verleih AG Game of Thrones, Sibel Kekilli (L), Sophie Turner (C), Aidan Gillen (R), 'Valar Dohaeris', Season 3, Ep. #1, 03/31/2013, ©HBO Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage (L), Sibel Kekilli (C), Sophie Turner (R), 'Mhysa', Season 3, Ep. #10, 06/09/2013, ©HBO WHAT A MAN, from left: Sibel Kekilli, Elyas M'Barek, Matthias Schweighofer, 2011. ph: Tom Trambow/©Paladin WHAT A MAN, from left: Matthias Schweighofer, Sibel Kekilli, 2011. ph: Tom Trambow/©Paladin

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Night Unknown (Character) - 2024
      11% 27% Berlin, I Love You Yasil (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Odyssey of Heroes Salima Bey (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What a Man Nele (Character) - 2011
      72% 80% When We Leave Umay (Character) $19.6K 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playground Laura (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 56% Winter Journey (Winterreise) Unknown (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 80% Last Train to Auschwitz Ruth Zilbermann (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Eve Dönüs Unknown (Character) - 2006
      91% 93% Head-On Sibel Güner (Character) $367.8K 2004

      TV

      Credit
      89% 85% Game of Thrones Shae (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2011-2014