Fast Facts

  • Her parents moved from Turkey to West Germany before she was born.
  • Trained as a public administrator and worked for two years at a municipal waste office.
  • After she was nominated for several awards for her work in Head-On (2004), the German press uncovered that she had previously worked in the adult film industry; during one of her acceptance speeches, she publicly complained about the situation.
  • Supports women's rights and volunteers with Terre des Femmes, which fights to end domestic violence against women.

Awards

  • 2010, European Film Awards — European Actress: Nominee
  • 2004, European Film Awards — European Actress: Nominee
  • 2010, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film: Winner
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2004, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2010, Tribeca Film Festival — Best Actress in a Narrative Feature: Winner