Cansel Elçin won the Best Male Turkish TV Actor Award in 2008
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Who is Cansel Elçin? Everything About Audrey Tautou’s Classmate in Paris

The classy Turkish actor Cansel Elçin has been recently quite popular. Especially, with his latest TV drama Sol Yanım (literally, My Left Side), the actor made a great debut. Since November, 26th, when the series began broadcasting, he has turned into a breaking name in the Turkish TV series and dramas world. Therefore, we all need to refresh our memories and see what makes the handsome actor so special!
Cansel Elçin has now been acting as İhsan in Sol Yanım (My Left Side) Turkish TV drama
Cansel Elçin has now been acting as İhsan in Sol Yanım (My Left Side) Turkish TV drama

Who is Cansel Elçin?

The talented Turkish actor Cansel Elçin entered the Turkish audience’s lives in 2006. With the series Hatırla Sevgili (aka Remember Dear Beloved), the actor gained splendid success. While the series became a phenomenon work on Turkish TVs back in then, the actor had his name written in gold letters. On the other hand, the master actor showed a great performance along with Beren Saat and Okan Yalabık. Both names were then newly shining stars of Turkish television.

In Hatırla Sevgili (Remember Dear Beloved, 2006) Turkish drama, Cansel Elçin acted as the leading role along with Beren Saat and Okan Yalabık
In Hatırla Sevgili (Remember Dear Beloved, 2006) Turkish drama, Cansel Elçin acted as the leading role along with Beren Saat and Okan Yalabık

Cansel Elçin’s Path Crosses with Audrey Tautou

Cansel Elçin is a Turkish film and television actor. He was born on 20 September 1973, in Izmir, Turkey. However, his family moved to France when he was 9 years old. The actor, therefore, has French citizenship, too. He has grown up trilingual and the languages that he can speak are FrenchEnglish, and Turkish. And he speaks those languages very fluently. He studied in the Ecole Florent in Paris where he was classmates with Audrey Tautou. 

World-famous French actress Audrey Tautou, most commonly known for the French movie Amelie
World-famous French actress Audrey Tautou, most commonly known for the French movie Amelie

Best Male TV Actor of 2008

Cansel Elçin won the Best Male Turkish TV Actor Award for his role in Hatırla Sevgili (Remember Dear Beloved). The association that gave the award was Beykent University, Faculty of Communications, 2008 Communication Awards. The award honors the year’s bests as voted by the students. So, the actor was selected as the best male actor with the votes of 8 thousand students.

Early Period of Life of Cansel Elçin

As of 1982, when he was 9-year-old, he began living in Paris with his family. The young Elçin completed his primary and secondary school education in Lycée Racine, Paris. Afterward, he studied Economy and Social Sciences in order to pursue his family business. Although he was engaged in trade for a while, he started the theater with evening courses. And thus, he enrolled at Ecole Florent, one of the leading theater schools in France.

The classy Turkish-French actor Cansel Elçin
The classy Turkish-French actor Cansel Elçin

Beginning of His Acting Career with Some of the World’s Bests

Gérard Depardieu, Sophie Marceau, Isabelle Adjani were teaching at Ecole Florent. Meanwhile, the actress studied in the same class as the world-famous French actress Audrey Tautou. Later, he took cinema and theater lessons from John Strasberg and Jack Garfeinden, son of Lee Strasberg, who came from New York and founded Actor’s Studio.

The actor took part in many theatres plays in Paris
The actor took part in many theatres plays in Paris

After completing school with a degree, he stepped into professional theater life by performing in many performances in various regions of France. The artist took part in various commercials and movies as well as theater. He also made a short film called Papillon, which he wrote and directed.

Meeting with the Famous Turkish Actor: Ferzan Özpetek

Cansel Elçin, then, the renowned Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek. The director had come to watch him in a live performance. Thus, Cansel Elçin also gained experience in casting and shooting behind the camera with the director’s movie Haremsuare. At the same time, with this opportunity, he got the opportunity to meet with Tomris Giritlioğlu, Turkey’s leading female directors. So, with Tomris Giritlioglu’s proposal, he returned to Turkey for Kırık Kanatlar (Broken Wings) Turkish series. So, he started to pursue his artistic life in Turkey.

World-famous Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek
World-famous Turkish director Ferzan Özpetek

The First Step into the Turkish Cinema

Following his spectacular success in the phenomenon Turkish series of 2006-08 period Hatırla Sevgili (Remember Dear Beloved), the actor made his debut on the silver screen. Küçük Kıyamet (The Little Apocalypse) was the first Turkish feature film that he took part.

Küçük Kıyamet (The Little Apocalypse) was Cansel Elçin's first feature film experience
Küçük Kıyamet (The Little Apocalypse) was Cansel Elçin’s first feature film experience

Cansel Elçin’s Private Life

So, as for Cansel Elçin’s private life… The handsome actor is not the one who likes to be before the paparazzi. The successful Turkish actor Cansel Elçin mostly lives his private life away from magazine flashes. Yet, we know that the actor has had two marriages so far.

Cansel Elçin and his ex-wife Pınar Apaydın
Cansel Elçin and his ex-wife Pınar Apaydın

The first marriage of the actor was between July, 4th 2012, and December 2017 with Pınar Apaydın. The divorce was a mutual decision and with no hard feeling, the couple ended their marriage peacefully.

Cansel Elçin and Zeynep Tuğçe Bayat
Cansel Elçin and Zeynep Tuğçe Bayat

So, when the calendar showed August 23, 2020, the actor made his second marriage with his colleague Zeynep Tuğçe Bayat. Cansel Elçin, 48, and Zeynep Tuğçe Bayat, 31, made their marriage with a humble simple ceremony, where only family members and close friends were invited. The couple has been happily married since then.

Cansel Elçin Physical Features

The actor, who has now been acting as one of the leading roles in Sol YanımMy Left Side Turkish TV drama, is 1.83 meters tall, and 75 kilograms. His zodiac sign, on the other hand, is Virgo.

Cansel Elçin on Social Media

The accomplished actor is not a so-popular-type on social media, yet it doesn’t mean that he does not use it at all! Below, you’ll see some useful links, by which you can track him, follow him, show him your admiration.

Cansel Elçin Filmography

Ones He Directed
  • 2009 – Kampüste Çıplak Ayaklar (“Bare Feet on Campus”)
  • 2007 – Kelebek (Papillon/Butterfly)
Films He Took Part
  • 2015 – Evlenmeden Olmaz (literally, “Not Without Marrying”)
  • 2015 – Bizim Hikaye (“Our Story”)
  • 2014 – Roya
  • 2011 – Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever (“Love Likes Coincidences”)
  • 2009 – Ada (“The Island”) » by Talip Ertürk and Murat Emir Eren
  • 2009 – Kampüste Çıplak Ayaklar
  • 2008 – 120 » by Özhan Eren and Murat Saraçoğlu
  • 2006 – Küçük Kıyamet (“The Little Apocalypse”) » by Yağmur and Durul Taylan (aka Taylan Brothers)
  • 2004 – L’equilibre De La Terreur » Jean-Martial Lefranc
  • 2004 – Tu Vas Rire Mais Je Te Quıtte » Philippe Harel
  • 2002 – A Plus Pollux » Luc Pages
  • 2001 – L’art (Delicat) De La Seductıon » Richard Berry
  • 1999 – Le Cœur A L’ouvrage » Laurent Dussaux
  • 1998 – Harem Suare (Le Dernier Harem) » by Ferzan Özpetek
  • 1997 – Irma Vep » Olivier Assayas
Telefilms He Took Part
  • 2004 – Navarro–Une Femme Aux Abois » José Pinheiro
  • 2002 – La Crim’ » Denis Amar
  • 1999 – Route De Nuit » Laurent Dussaux
TV Series & Dramas
  • 2020 – Sol Yanım (İhsan)
  • 2018 – Ağlama Anne (Adnan Alan)
  • 2017 – Dayan Yüreğim (Fuat)
  • 2015 – Eve Dönüş (Yusuf Bozyel)
  • 2012 – Kötü Yol (Kenan Yılmazer)
  • 2011 – Yalancı Bahar (Selim-Aziz)
  • 2010-2011 – Gönülçelen (Murat)
  • 2008 – Cennetin Çocukları (Ömer)
  • 2006-2008 – Hatırla Sevgili (Ahmet)
  • 2006-2007 – Kırık Kanatlar (Cemal)

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