Halit Ergenç: Suleiman the Magnificent, Modern King Shahryār and more

Playing as the Suleiman the Magnificent, Halit Ergenç reached top of his career.    Actually when looking back to his filmography it is clear that his great success was not a surprise.


Halit Ergenç was born as the son of actor Sait Ergenç on 30 April 1970 in İstanbul. He completed his secondary education at Beşiktaş Atatürk High School in 1989 and entered İstanbul Technical University to study Marine Engineering. He left after one year to study opera at Mimar Sinan University and supported himself working as a computer operator and marketer. He briefly worked as a backing vocalist and dancer for Ajda Pekkan and Leman Sam.

Halit Ergenç in Magnificient Century
Halit Ergenç in Magnificient Century

In 1996, Ergenç began acting at the Dormen Theatre and had his first leading role in the musical The King and I. He established himself on television with his part in the series Kara Melek. He continued working in theatre with such plays as Kiss Me, Kate, Tatlı Charity, Beni Seviyor, Kral ve Ben, Amphitrion 2000, Evita, Hayalet and Ötekiler and Şarkılar Susarsa. Following appearances in the series Köşe Kapmaca and Böyle mi Olacaktı, he went to New York and acted in the musical The Adventures of Zak.

In 2000, he acted in the films Hiç Yoktan Aşk and Ölümün El Yazısı and then the series Dedem, Gofret ve Ben and Zerda where she starred opposite Ece Uslu. Then, he had appearances in a number of plays such as ”Bugün Git Yarın Gel, Popcorn, Arapsaçı and Sevgilime Göz Kulak Ol. In 2004, he starred in the series Aliye with Sanem Çelik and Nejat İşler.

In 2005 and 2006, Ergenç acted in the films Babam ve Oğlum directed by Çağan Irmak, The Net 2.0, Tramway and İlk Aşk. Beginning in 2006, he starred as Onur Aksal in the hit series Binbir Gece(One Thousand And One Night) which gave him great popularity with his role as the modern King Shahryār. This series was on air until 2009. During this period he also had roles in the films Devrim Arabaları and Acı Aşk. Ergenç also starred as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in the film Dersimiz Atatürk(Our Lesson Atatürk).

Personal life

He is married to actress Bergüzar Korel with whom he has a son. He has stated that he likes Zeki Demirkubuz’s style and Ferzan Özpetek’s emotion, but prefers to work the most with Reha Erdem and Çağan Irmak who he describes as both young and talented directors.


There is no doubt that Halit Ergenç will act in new projects in future. Thats a point that where he goes, he catches success, there is no project that he failed yet. Combining his good-looking or aura with great acting performance, Halit Ergenç will always be an actor in demand.

The great success in the series of Magnificent Century (Hareem al sultan) gave him great international reputation which may led him to perform in international movie&tv series projects.

4 thoughts on “Halit Ergenç: Suleiman the Magnificent, Modern King Shahryār and more”

  1. Hello:
    I am from Argentina. My family and me believe he is a very handsome man and an excellent actor. We would like meet Halit Ergenç. Please, write me soon.

  2. I like Halit Ergenc very much! My secret admire is Halit Ergenc. Love at first sight. I want to go to Madina and Mecca for holy land with you Halit .. may Allah bless us. Inshaallah

  3. My name is Rukumany and am from Malaysia. Now I am 61 years old. I love to see Halit drama. I just cannot off my eyes from the series. Whether u believe me or not I finishing see his drama in 2 days. I only wish if I get get the chance to see him and His wife if he happens to come Malaysia. If you come to Malaysia please call me 012 2171746.

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