BORN: 27th October 1983.
Kıvanc Tatlitug is an actor, model and was a U18 basketball player. He was born on October 27th 1983 in Adana in the family of Erdem and Nurten Tatlitug. 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. Kıvanc studied at Yenice Cag 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 his leg made him leave basketball.
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is a graduate of Istanbul Kultur University. He is also 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.
His first notable role was Gumus, his further appearances were also in leading roles. Menekse ile Halil, Ask-i-Memnu, Kuzey Guney, Kurt Seyit ve Sura and Cesur ve Guzel. He also appeared in a few episodes of Ezel, just as a side note, I thought the scar on his face in Ezel was one of the best prosthetic make up scars I have seen in any movie/series.
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. Basak is Kivancs stylist on some of his films and series. His hobbies are golf, basketball and salsa.
Kivanc’s new role will be in Carpisma which has just started. It tells the story of four people who are involved in a car crash and how their lives intertwine from there. It is expected to be a big hit series and has an excellent cast including Elcin Sagu, Alperen Duymaz, Melisa Pamuk and Onur Saylak.
Kivanc is active on social media. He has a very impressive 2.3 million followers on his Instagram account. A talented actor who in my opinion gets better with age. He is said to be one of the highest paid actor’s in Turkey, his talents have also been noticed around the world by film producers and directors. We will wait to see if he does branch out to a bigger role abroad.