ILKER KALELI BIOGRAPHY
Born: 11th May 1984
İlker Kaleli was born on May 11th 1984 in Istanbul, Turkey. His mother is German and his father is Turkish. İlker studied and graduated from the Department of Art Management at İstanbul Kültür University. After he graduated from university he went to London and studied acting at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) for three years and graduated in 2011. Then he returned to Turkey and to pursue his acting career.
His acting career began in 2012, his played a small role in the series Son, he acted alongside Engin Altan Düzyatan and Erkan Can. Then İlker played a lead role in the series Kayıp Şehir (2013-2013). In 2013, he was one of the main actors in the series Kayıp, he acted alongside Aslı Enver and Kaan Taşaner. In 2014 he acted in his first film Silsile.
İlker became a well-known and successful actor when he played the lead role, the main male character ‘Poyraz’ in the series Poyraz Karayel (2015-2017). This is one of my favourite Turkish series. I enjoyed his performance, his acting was fabulous. He portrayed all his abilities and skills into the role and he got lots of recognition for his performance. A really great actor. He acted alongside Burçin Terzioğlu. Earlier this year he played a lead role in the mini-series Dip (2018), he acted alongside Neslihan Atagül and Berrak Tüzünataç.
İlker throughout his acting career has been nominated a lot and won several awards. In 2015 he won the Haliç University 2015’s Top Awards for ‘Best TV Actor of the Year’. In December 2016 he won the Pantene Golden Butterfly award for ‘Best Actor’ for his role in Poyraz Karayel. He deserved it for his outstanding performance. In 2017 he won the İTÜ EMÖS Achievement award for ‘Most Successful TV Actor of the Year’. I’m sure there will be more awards for him in the future.
İlker has been in a relationship with actress Burçin Terzioğlu for three years (2015-2018) but they have recently separated. Unfortunately, it has been confirmed. Their relationship which started while they were filming their series Poyraz Karayel suddenly has come to an end. Maybe they will get back together sometime in the future. They are a very quiet and private couple. They complement each other well. There are amazing photos of the two of them together. Over the years they have done several photoshoots together.
İlker has recently become more active on social media. He has Twitter and Instagram accounts. He has 1.1 million followers on his Instagram and over 245 thousand followers on Twitter. He was not much active before but he has been in the past few months. He has a really beautiful selection of photos on his Instagram.
When İlker was younger he wanted to become a musician. He sings quite well and plays several instruments such as guitar, drums and the piano.
İlker is a successful actor who is considered to be an underrated actor. His performance in Poyraz Karayel is one of the best I have ever seen. As of now, there is no news of an upcoming project however he has revealed that he is reading a few scripts. He did not specify whether for a series or film. I hope it will be a series. I’m looking forward to watching İlker in his future projects. Hopefully sometime soon.