Born March 24th, 1956

Ipek’s full name is Fatma Ipek Bilgin and she was born in Istanbul. At a young age, she has an interest in acting and the theatre, and she constantly tried to improve herself. She was a very successful theatre performer and also taught other up and coming actors.

Ipek is also a translator and is very advanced with her language skills, even translating books about the theatre. Her first ever on-screen role was that of a pharmacist in the movie 2 Genc Kiz. Her first series was the role of Mahide in Hirsiz Polis in 2005. In 2009 she got the role of Meliha Ucar in the massive hit series Ezel. She played the role of Ezel’s mother who was blind. This was the first time I had seen Ipek act and I actually searched to see if this actress was blind as she played the part so well. After she appeared in 20 Dakika, Meryem ( movie) Istanbul Kirmizisi ( movie ) and is currently going into her third season as Esme in Istanbullu Gelin. An iconic role as the matriarch of the Boran family, fully deserving the title Esme Sultan.

Ipek was married to the playwright and director Cuneyt Caliskur but he sadly passed away in 2011. They have one daughter Cag who has opened an acting school where Ipek also teaches. Cag looks so much like her Mum.

She has an Instagram account with 155k followers. She has some great images and she seems like such a character full of life, riding elephants and having great times with friends and family.

I will be sad when Istanbullu Gelin ends, but I’m sure Ipek will appear again in a fantastic role as always.


Written By – Rachel Labidi


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