BORN: 20th September 1973

STATUS: Married

Cansel was born in Izmir, Turkey. He has one brother and his fathers profession was as a Tailor. He completed some of his primary school education in Turkey, then when he was nine years old he moved to France along with his family. He continued his education at the Lycee Racine in Paris. He then went on to study language and literature in high school. He did start his higher education at college but decided to leave after just four months.

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His working career began as a tradesman, he supplied towels, bathrobes etc to chain stores. When he got fed up doing this he entered theatre school for four years. To earn money during this time he did various jobs including, barman, waiter a driver at the Ritz Hotel and a private chauffeur. His theatre school Ecole Florent a prestigious school, involved classes from Jon Strasberg, his father Lee Strasberg founded the Actors Studios in New York. He took motion picture lessons from Jack Garfein.

After graduation he performed in various theatres throughout France, he also appeared in TV commercials. In 1997 he met Ferzan Ozpetek who had come to watch him perform on the stage, He introduced him to the female film director Tomris Giritlioglu. Between 1997 and 2004 all his performances were in French films.

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In 2005 he worked on his first TV series Kirik Kanatlar. This got him back to Turkey to continue his career there. Between 2005 and 2010 he did films and a couple of series. He won an award in 2008 voted for by fellow students. Then in 2010, he got a role in the dizi Gonulcelen as Murat where he starred opposite Tuba Buyukustun. His more recent roles have still been a mixture of films and TV series. Yalanci Bahar ( 2011 series ), Asla Vazgecme ( 2014 film ) Bizim Hikaye ( 2015 film ) Eve Donus ( 2015 series ) Dayan Yuregim ( 2017 series )

Cansel married Pinar Apaydin in 2012. They have a Beagle called Nahla, two cats called Mary and Viktor.  He has an official Instagram account with 86.6k followers. Cansel is currently in the new ATV series Aglama Anne.

Written by: Rachel Labidi






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