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Sibel Kekilli Biography

Birth Place:
Heilbronn, West Germany

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


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