Serenay Sarikaya is a Turkish model and actress. She was born on 1 July 1992. She was born in Ankara but she moved to Antalya when she was 7 years old. When her parents divorced, she had to move to Istanbul with her mother, Seyhan Umran. When it is asked by journalists, she said “Growing up without a father is a difficult and big experience in someone’s life”. She was interested in modeling and she took a theatre course at an early age.
When she was just 14 years old, Serenay attended the European Junior Beauty Contest which was held in Czechia, and got a special award from the jury. Her dream job was to become an actress and model. She graduated from Saime Salih Konca High School but she couldn’t study at university because she was working hard and she had to travel a lot.
Serenay had her first acting experience in the movie “Saskin” in 2006. She appeared in this movie in a small role but it was an important step for her acting career. Next year, she played the character of Asli in the movie “Plajda” with famous Turkish actor Sarp Apak. Serenay was climbing up the celebrity ladder. In 2008, she had her first leading role in the movie “Limon Agaci” which was directed by famous Turkish director Sinan Cetin.
At the end of 2008, she made her tv series debut with the popular Turkish tv series “Adanali”. Serenay draws the attention of the Turkish audience with her beauty and successful performance. In the series, she played alongside famous Turkish actors such as Mehmet Akif Alakurt, Oktay Kaynarca, and Selin Demiratar. While she was acting in this series, she was continuing her modeling career. Serenay was the face of several cosmetic and clothing companies. She became the first runner-up in the beauty contest, Miss Turkey 2010.
She was now ready for bigger projects for her acting career. In 2010, she played the leading role in the tv series “Lale Devri” with Tolgahan Sayisman and Serenay drawing international attention. In 2013, she portrayed the character of Mira in the tv series “Medcezir”. Thanks to her successful acting performance in this series, Serenay won several awards including two Golden Butterfly Awards in Turkey. The same year, she received the Woman of the Year award from GQ Turkey.
Movies and Tv Series:
- Saskin, Movie, 2006
- Plajda, Movie, 2008
- Limon Agaci, Tv series, 2008
- Adanali, Tv series, 2008-2010
- Lale Devri, Tv series, 2010-2012
- Medcezir, Tv series, 2013-2015
- Fi, Tv series, 2017-2018
- Sahmeran, Tv series, 2022-
- GQ Turkey, Woman of the Year, 2013
- Turkey Elle Style Awards, Best Hair Style, 2013
- 3rd Crystal Mouse Media Awards, Best Actress, 2014
- 41st Golden Butterfly Awards, Best Actress, 2014
- 4th IMK Social Media Awards, Best Actress, 2014
- 5th Ayakli Gazete TV Stars Awards, Best Actress in a Drama Series, 2014
- YTÜ Stars of the Year Awards, Most Admired TV series Actress, 2015
- Istanbul Arel University 4th Media and Art Awards, Most Admired TV series Actress, 2015
- Turkey Youth Awards, Best Actress, 2015
- 6th Quality of Magazine Awards, Top Quality Awards, 2015
- 42th Golden Butterfly Awards, Best Actress, 2015
- 2nd Elele Avon Woman Awards, Actress of the Year, 2016
- 7th Life Foundation Awards, Best Actress of the Year, 2017
- 6th Fashion TV Mode Awards, Most Successful Actress of the Year, 2017
- 6th Ayaklı Newspaper Awards, Best Actress, 2017
- 16th YTÜ Stars of the Year Awards, Most Liked TV and Movie Actress, 2018
- 12th GSÜ The Bests Awards, Best Tv and Cinema Actress, 2018
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