Hazal Kaya is a beautiful Turkish model and actress. Her full name is Leyla Hazal Kaya. She is best known for portraying the character of Nihal Ziyagil in the popular Turkish tv series “Ask-ı Memnu”. She was born on 1 October 1990. She is married to famous Turkish actor Ali Atay. The couple got married in 2019 and have two children.
She was born in Konya, Turkey but Hazal spent her childhood years in Istanbul. Her parents were lawyers and the Kaya family decided to move to Istanbul. Her parents were divorced when she was 7 years and she stayed with her mother Aysegul Kaya.
Hazal Kaya studied at Gaziosmanpasa elementary school. She had interest in art, acting, and sports. She started to take violin lessons when she was 5 years old and she was taking ballet lessons at the age of 7. She attended high school at Liceo Italiano di Istanbul. During her high school years, she was in the theater club and choir of the school.
She made her acting debut with the tv series “Acemi Cadi” in 2006. Here, she took a guest role in the 46th episode. The same year, she had a small role in “Sila”. In 2007, she appeared in “Genco”. She was now ready for big projects. She was in the main cast of the popular Turkish soup opera “Ask-i Memnu”. In this series, she portrayed the character of Nihal Ziyagil.
Her first movie experience was in 2011. She starred in the Turkish movie “Calgi Cengi”, which was produced by Selcuk Aydemir. In the same year, she continued acting in tv series. She portrayed the character of Feriha Yilmaz Sarrafoglu in the popular tv series “Adini Feriha Koydum”. With this series, she became famous not only in Turkey but also in the international area.
Hazal Kaya’s last project was the “Midnight at the Pera Palace” series which was released on Netflix on March 3, 2022. The series was inspired by a historical non-fiction book “Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul” which was written by Charles King. Hazal Kaya plays the character of young journalist Esra who wants to write an article about the historical place Pera Palace Hotel.
The first season of the series was released on March 3, 2022, with 8 episodes. There is no official statement by Netflix on whether there will be a second season or not. Local media says that the cast of Midnight at the Pera Palace is getting ready for the second season and it is expected to be released in the second quarter of next year.
Hazal Kaya is a polyglot. She speaks English, Italian, German and Turkish. She was a big fan of “Leyla ile Mecnun”, and she had a chance to meet Ali Atay, the leading role of “Leyla ile Mecnun”. They became good friends and they finally married in 2019. Hazal and Ali have two children.
Movies and Tv series:
- Acemi Cadi, Tv series, 2006
- Genco, Tv series, 2007
- Ask-i Memnu, Tv series, 2008-2010
- Adini Feriha Koydum, Tv series, 2011-2012
- Calgi Cengi, Movie, 2011
- Behzat C. Seni Kalbime Gomdum, Movie, 2011
- Mavi Dalga, Movie, 2013
- A.S.K, Tv series, 2013
- Itirazim Var, Movie, 2014
- Kirik Kalpler Bankasi, Movie, 2016
- Midnight at the Pera Palace, Tv series, 2022
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