Haluk’s full name is Nihat Haluk Bilginer. He was born in Izmir and is one of three children. In high school, he took Theatre studies and came first in an acting competition which included other high schools. He graduated from the Ankara State Conservatory in 1977. After which he then moved to England where he attended and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has dual Turkish/British citizenship.
His first major role was in England. I know him very well from his appearance in the massive UK soap opera Eastenders as the character Mehmet between 1985 and 1989.
After leaving the show he moved back to Istanbul and married his first wife Zuhal Olcay in 1992. With his wife, he started a theatre which sadly burnt down. After this, they both took acting parts in film and television to fund another theatre and they were successful.
His big break in Turkish TV came in the series Tatli Hayat. His character and the one played by Celal Kadri Kinoglu are said to be the best characters in Turkish TV history.
In 2004 he divorced Zuhal and in 2006 he married famous Turkish singer Askin Nur Yengi in the grounds of his brother’s house. They had a daughter in 2006 called Nazli, but they divorced in 2012. Then after rekindling their relationship, they remarried in Miami USA in 2017 after a 5-year separation.
Over the span of his career, Haluk has done a lot of series and movies including, Kordugum ( series ), Tatli Hayat ( series ) Ezel ( series ) NewYork Bes Minare ( movie ) Kacak ( series ) Ben Hur ( movie ) Cingoz Recai ( movie ) and Sahsiyet ( series )
He has won many awards for his work through the years but also does commercial adverts and voice-overs.
Haluk isn’t active very much on social media, but we do know that he is a big supporter of Galatasaray. His next project is the movie Halloween which will be released on the 26th of October and he plays the part of Doctor Sartain and it has got very good reviews.
Haluk is very well known here in the UK, Eastenders has been and is still running for nearly 40 years and his character was one of the memorable ones. He has managed to do what many actors can’t do and that is to be popular and act not just in his home country but abroad too.