“Cesur ve Guzel” (Brave and Beautiful) is a Turkish TV show aired on Star TV since the end of 2016, directed by Ali Bilgin, produced by Kerem Çatay and Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu, and starring the brave Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and the beautiful Tuba Büyüküstün in the leading roles. This entire season is available on Youtube under the official channel.

Tahsin is head of the Korludagh family, he is wealthy and everyone in Korludagh fears and respects him. He controls everyone in the town. He has a son – Korhan and a daughter – Sühan, whom he loves more than anyone. Korhan’s wife is without success trying to get pregnant to deliver an heir to the family fortune before Sühan does it. So she tries to kill her sister-in-law, but her evil plans are spoiled when a handsome stranger enters the story, saving Sühan’s life. This young stranger is Cesur Karahasanoghlu, who changed his last name to Alemdaroghlu to disguise his identity. No one knows that revenge runs in Cesur`s veins. He has come to Korludagh to return what belonged to his father, killed by Tahsin years ago. Will his love for Sühan stop him going ahead with his revenge plan or is it just a part of the plan? Cesur will struggle both with Tahsin and his own feelings for Sühan.

Cast: Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Cesur), Tuba Büyüküstün (Sühan), Tamer Levent (Tahsin Korludağ), Devrim Yakut (Mihriban), Sezin Akbaşoğulları (Cahide), Erkan Avcı (Korhan), Nihan Büyükağaç (Adalet), Serkan Altunorak (Bülent), Gözde Türkpençe (Banu), Zeynep Kızıltan (Hülya), Tilbe Saran (Fügen), Irmak Örnek (Şirin), Fırat Altunmeşe (Kemal)

Ali Bilgin (director)

Ali Bilgin is a Turkish cinema and TV series director and actor. He was born on January 11th, 1981, in Izmir. He received the Best Director Award at 42. Altın Kelebek Tv Yıldızları Ödülleri 2015 for his directing job in “Medcezir” (Medcezir) TV series. Ali Bilgin is the director of some famous TV shows and movies. For example: “Arka Sıradakiler” (The Back Row), “Al Yazmalım” (My Destiny), “Uçurum” (Cliff), “20 Dakika” (20 Minutes), “Delibal” (Delibal). Currently he is directing “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). He also tried himself as an actor in several projects: “En Son Babalar Duyar” (Dads Are Last To Know), “Arka Sıradakiler” (The Back Row). While shooting “Medcezir” TV show, Ali fell in love with the actress Defne Kayalar, who was playing the role of Sedef. They got married in 2014. It is Defne`s second marriage. In 2015 Ali Bilgin had another successful project with his wife Defne – “Delibal” (Delibal). They have a son. Ali Bilgin is active on social networks, he likes music and football.

Kerem Çatay (Producer 1)

Kerem Çatay was born on November 30th, 1979 in Ankara, Turkey. His father, Ekrem Çatay is a director, his mother`s name is Nedret Çatay. It can be said that his father has an effect on his choice on his profession. He studied at the University of Bilkent at the Faculty of Economics, received a master’s degree. Then he continued his studies in Los Angeles at the University of California (UCLA) at the Faculty of Film and Television. At the age of 25 he founded a television company together with his father. Now Kerem Çatay is CEO of “Ay Yapım” film company, which cooperates with such well-known actors as Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Zerrin Tekindor, Çağatay Ulusoy. At the moment Kerem Çatay is the most titled producer of TV show in Turkey. He is known as the producer of countless phenomenally successful TV show, from 2008’s ground-breaking “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love) to “Kara Sevda” (Endless Love). His most famous TV shows are “Dudaktan Kalbe” (From Lips to Soul), “Ezel” (Ezel), “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (Innocent Fatmagul), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei and Gunei), “Medcezir” (Medcezir), “İçerde” (Behind Bars), “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). Total number of films is 29 (2004 – 2016). His works include many TV shows that have phenomenal success not only in Turkey, but also in other countries of the world. Nearly all of Çatay’s productions have been sold in at least 41 countries. Çatay’s productions are renowned for their well-crafted, captivating stories based on both original screenplays and literary adaptations. People of Turkey really like his projects and several of them get attention from other countries. For example, the rights of scenario of “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love) bought and reshot as “Pasion Prohibida” by a production company from USA. Also the show “Ezel” won Special Prize in 2012, the show “Medcezir” won Silver Bird prize in 2014 at Seoul International Drama Awards. In October 2010, Kerem Çatay married Beril Göker – the daughter of the owner of “Beril HSG İnşaat”. The wedding was tremendous, there were 520 guests attending, many of whom were famous Turkish actors and actresses. Kerem-Beril couple has 2 sons. Kerem Çatay named his younger son Kuzey (the character from the TV show “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei Gunei)). He is now producing “Bu şehir arkadan gelecek” (This city will come after you) TV show.

Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu (Producer 2)

Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu is a Turkish director. She is 39 years old. She served as Kanal D’ Local TV Series Director from 2006 until July of 2010. In 2010, she was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Kanal D. She took active part in projects like “Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman ki” (Time Passes by), “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” (Innocent Fatmagul), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei and Gunei). In December 2015 Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu resigned from the position of general manager in Kanal D. Yaşaroğlu, who owns a large share of Kanal D’s prominent projects, made an agreement with “Ay Yapım” production in March 2016. Pelin Diştaş Yaşaroğlu is married to Vural Yaşaroğlu who is also a director. Her close friends are Timur Savcı, Meral Okay and Nermin Eroğlu who she worked on “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century) project with.

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is a Turkish actor, model and U18 basketball player. He was born on October 27th, 1983 in Adana in the family of Erdem and Nurten Tatlıtuğ. His father is Albanian from Pristina and he owned a bakery business. He has 4 siblings. Only two of them are known to media: brother Cem and sister Melisa. Kıvanç studied at Yenice Çağ Private High School, where he was active in basketball. Due to his father’s illness, the Tatlıtuğ family moved to Istanbul and Kıvanç joined clubs like Beşiktaş, Fenerbahçe, Ülkerspor, “Fiskobirlik” as a professional U18 basketball player. Dislocated leg made him leave basketball. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is a graduate of  Istanbul Kultur University. He is a professional model as well. He won the pageants Best Model of Turkey and Best Model of the World in 2002. Since 2005 he has played main roles in famous TV shows such as: “Gümüş” (Gumush), “Menekşe ile Halil” (Menekshe and Halil), “Aşk-ı Memnu” (Forbidden Love), “Kuzey Güney” (Kuzei Gunei), “Kurt Seyit ve Şura” (Kurt Seyit and Shura). A turning point in Tatlıtuğ’s career was when he played as Sekiz in “Ezel”, but the character Behlül Haznedar in “Aşk-ı Memnu” brought him world fame. Kıvanç received two Altın Kelebek Ödülü (Golden Butterfly Awards) for Best Actor, and a Yeşilçam Cinema Awards for Best Actor for his performance in “Kuzey Güney” and “Aşk-ı Memnu” TV shows. Even famous American director James Cameron praised his performance. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is the youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in the world. A sculpture of Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is in Madame Tussauds museum in Istanbul.  He has dated Azra Akın who was crowned Miss World 2002. They had two romances at different times. The actor has dated a dance tutor in İdil Fırat in 2013. He married stylist Başak Dizer on February 19th, 2016 at the Turkish Embassy in Paris. His hobbies are golf, basketball and salsa. At present he is playing Cesur at the “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful) TV show.

Tuba Büyüküstün

Tuba Büyüküstün is one of the most beautiful actresses of modern Turkish cinema. She was born on July 5th, 1982 in Istanbul. Her father is a Turkish immigrant from Crete and mother is a Turkish immigrant from Crimea. Till 2003 Tuba has appeared in several television commercials. She made her television series debut in 2003 on the last 4 episodes of the TV show “Sultan Makamı” (The Palace of Sultan). Between 2004-2016 Tuba Büyüküstün played leading roles in TV series “Ihlamurlar Altında” (Under Lime Blossom), “Asi” (Asi), “Gönülçelen” (Heartbreaker), “20 Dakika” (20 Minutes), and movies “Gülizar”, “Babam ve Oğlum” (My Father and My Son), “Yüreğine Sor” (Ask Your Heart), “Sınav” (The Exam), where she co-starred with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Tuba was a nominee for the 42nd International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the TV series “20 Dakika” (20 Minutes). Tuba Büyüküstün is a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF Turkey since 2014. At present she co-stars with Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ in the TV show “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). The actress is married to actor Onur Saylak. The couple got married on July 28th, 2011 after 7-months` dating. They got married in Paris. In January 2012, she gave birth to twin girls Maya and Toprak. Rumors say that Tuba and Onur are going to divorce. The reason is said to be her decision to act in “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful), while Onur Saylak started a new TV series as well. According to their marriage contract, one of them shall stay home and grow children up when the other has a project. So none of them agreed to compromise.

Tamer Levent

Tamer Levent is a Turkish actor, director and writer. He was born on October 13th, 1950 in Izmir in the family of Zeki Levent and Meral Levent. He graduated from Izmir Turkish College and studied at the Theater Department of the Ankara State Conservatory in 1971-1977. He worked both as an actor and as a director at the Ankara State Theater. The plays directed by him were invited to festivals in Russia, Canada, South Korea, Iran and Northern Cyprus. Some of his successful plays are: “Tartuffe” – Moliere, “Galileo’s Life” – Bertolt Brecht, “Venice Merchant” – William Shakespeare. He is currently directing at state theaters and holds senior positions at TOBAV and TOMEB. Besides plays, Tamer Levent directed and acted in movies and TV series as well. For example: “Gülpare”, “Yaralı Yürek” (Broken Heart), “Vazgeç Gönlüm” (Give  up, my Heart), etc. In 1982 he married Seynan Levent, then producer and presenter of the famous “Akşama Doğru” program on TRT 2. Their son Efe was born in 1984, their daughter Hazel was born in 1985.  Currently Tamer Levent acts in the “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful) as Tahsin Korludagh.

Devrim Yakut

Devrim Yakut is a Turkish cinema and theater actress. She was born on May 27th, 1968 in Ankara. Her full name is Seher Devrim Yakut. She has graduated from the Theatre department of the Language, History and Geography faculty of the Ankara University. Between 1994-2003 she worked at the Adana State Theatre. Devrim Yakut conducted her duty of Assistant Principle in Ankara State Theatre in 2007, in 2007-2008 she was the principal of the same theatre. Currently she lectures in Post-Graduate programme of Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul. She received The Best Actress in Musical or Comedy of Sadri Alışık Theatre Awards in 2007. Also she received Ankara Art Foundation’s Promising Actress Award with for her performance in the “5th Frank”. She had The Best Actress Award in VIII Lions Awards  with “Tek Kişilik Şehir”. Devrim Yakut`s debut in cinema was  “Kelebeğin Rüyası” (Butterfly Dream). She also acted in “Unutma Beni” (Forget-me-not), “Düğün Dernek” (Wedding), “8 saniye” (8 Seconds). At present she acts in the TV show “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful) as Mihriban. Yakut says she is new in Istanbul and now tries herself in something different from theater. She is 48 now. She got married to theater actor Alper Kut at the age of 44. The wedding was held on June 6th, 2012. The actress says she would never marry in  if she wasn`t in love so much. The couple has no children yet.

Sezin Akbaşoğulları

Sezin Akbaşoğulları is a Turkish actress who was born on April 22nd, 1981 in Ankara. As her father was a militaryman serving NATO, her family lived in different places: Diyarbakir (Turkey) to Belgium.  Sezin and her sister travelled most regions of Belgium while living in this country. She is a graduate of the She graduated from Bilkent University, Department of Theatre. She started her acting career in 2000 with the TV  series “Bizim Evin Halleri” (Our Home Affairs), but she became famous with the TV series “Beyaz Gelincik” (White Doll) aired in 2005. She also acted in such TV shows as “Eylül” (September), “Sır Gibi” (Like a Mystery), “Hatırla Gönül” (Remember, my Soul), and  “Behzat Ç.”. Her cinema performance deserves appreciation as well. Sezin Akbaşoğulları acted in movies “Fakat Müzeyyen Bu Derin Bir Tutku” (But Muzeyyen, it`s a real lust), “Yabancı” (Stranger), “O… Çocukları” (Motherfuckers). She currently acts in the TV series “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful) as Cahide. Sezin has no boyfriend now. Actors Fırat Tanış, Özgür Mumcu and Emre Karayel have been among her boyfriends. She broke up with Emre Karayel in January 2016. The couple had been dating for a long period and had renewed their relationship twice, but the romance was not successful. In one of recent interviews Sezin Akbaşoğulları told that she dreamt of a peaceful life in a countryside. She goes in for sports, yoga; she also likes to drive bicycle and to run listening to music.

Erkan Avcı

Erkan Avci is a Turkish actor known for his role in movies “Zenne” (Dancer Zenne), “Can” (Can) and TV series “Karadayı” (Karadayi) and “Kurtlar Vadisi” (The Walley of Wolves). He was born on January 1st, 1982 in Diyarbakir. His father is Yavuz Avcı, his mother is Aysel Avcı. He graduated from Mimar Sinan University. Erkan Avcı received Best Actor Award at 48. Altın Portakal Film Festival for his performance in “Zenne” (character Ahmet). “It would have been immoral for me to turn down this role, as a man who had to apologize for years for being Kurdish.” –  Erkan Avcı said on his role in “Zenne”. The actor is single and has no girlfriend. He has dated actress Tuğçe Kazaz in 2013. Kazaz was married then. Recently he has been caught on cameras with a young girl. He made no comments then. At the end of 2016 there were rumors that Erkan Avcı and actress Tuba Büyüküstün had a relationship. Avcı and Büyüküstün, who is married to Onur Saylak, denied the rumors.  They say they are only friends and act together in “Cesur ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). Erkan plays the role of Korhan. His hobbies are sports and literature

Nihan Büyükağaç

Nihan Büyükagaç is a Turkish actress. She was born on September 28th, 1981 in Istanbul. She is an actress, known for her roles in “Senden başka” (Except You) and “Fırtına” (Storm). She also acted in famous TV series such as: “Muhteşem Yüzyıl” (Magnificent Century), where she plays Gülşah Hatun,  “Ayrılık” (Break-up), “Senden Başka” (Except You). Nihan Büyükağaç started her theater career when she was only 7. She is a graduate of the Theatre department of the Language, History and Geography faculty of the Ankara University. When she was at her 1st year at the university, her mother died of cancer. A year later she lost her father too. Nihan Büyükagaç is married to Murat Yıldırım and they have a daughter. The couple usually take their daughter to theater plays for children.

Serkan Altunorak

Serkan Altunorak is one of the most handsome actors of modern Turkish cinema. He was born on December 24th, 1976 in Ankara, Turkey. His family always wanted their son to be a businessman. But little Serkan chose to be an actor. He has worked in a shoe repair shop when he was young. Altunorak graduated from the Theatre department of the Hacettepe University, later studied at the Fine Arts department of the Mimar Sinan University. He is an actor, known for his role Bülent in the TV show “Cesur  ve Güzel” (Brave and Beautiful). He also acted in “Benim ve Roz’un sonbaharı” (Rose and my autumn) and “Gomeda”. Serkan Altunorak is also a voiceover artist. In October 2006, he was supposed to play Russian roulette for a role in the TV series “İmkansız Aşk” (Impossible Love), where he co-starred with famous Turkish singer Ebru Gündeş. Serkan Altunorak put the gun on his head and pulled the trigger. He was seriously injured and treated for a long time because the crew forgot to empty the gun. The TV series was removed fr om the broadcast. The handsome actor is single and has no girlfriend. At least, he says so. He has dated actresses Ezgi Mola, Ahu Yağtuğ, Ayça Erturan in past.



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