Birkan was born in Istanbul. His grandparents were Bosnian immigrants. He graduated from Maltepe University with a degree in Radio and TV programming. In 2003 he entered The Best Model of Turkey competition and came third. He had at this time a good career ahead of him in basketball and played for a total of ten years, but had to retire due to a leg injury. .
He started to get interested in acting after the model competition and took lessons from DolunaySoysert. His first TV appearance was in MeleklerKorusun in 2008. In the same year he appeared in the series KucukKadinlar and this role brought him to the attention of other writers and producers. In 2010 he got the role of Demir in KucukSirlar, this was the turning point of his career. In 2013 he played the role of SehzadeMustafa in Fatih but sadly this didnt last long. His next roll was in Kurt SeyitveSura as the bad guy Petro. More recently he took the lead in HayatSarkisi as Kerim..still a very popular series. He is currently involved in a new TV project Yasamayanlar which is about Vampires. In a recent interview he has said he is excited that this type of series will be made in Turkey. He went on to say we have a good script and a good director and this is a role he would love to play in his career.
In July 2012 he married actress AsliEnver they divorced in 2015. Birkan has been in a relationship with BerrakTuzunatac for two years.
He is active on social media and has 437k followers on Instagram. His photos are a mix of personal and also images of his work colleagues.
I loved him in HayatSarkisi which is my favourite series, but I will be really interested to see how the new vampire series goes too.