Sibel Kekilli Biography
Kekilli was born and reared in Heilbronn, Germany, to Turkish parents. Her parents immigrated to Germany from Turkey in 1977 and were described as “modern and open” by Kekilli. She completed a 30-month combined training program to become a certified public administration specialist at the local city administration after graduating from high school with honors.
After completing the training program, she worked as an administrative assistant at Heilbronn city hall for another two years before moving to Essen, where she worked as a bouncer, cleaner, waitress, nightclub manager, saleswoman, and pornographic film actor.
Sibel Kekilli Career
Sibel Kekilli is a well-known German actress. She rose to prominence after appearing in the 2004 film Head-On. She received two Lolas, Germany’s most prestigious cinema honors, for her roles in Head-On and When We Leave (2010). Beginning in 2011, she rose to prominence as Shae in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Kekilli participated in a variety of pornographic films for various directors, including Josef Baumberger and Harry S. Morgan, throughout a six-month period in 2001-2002. Dilara was her stage name. A casting director discovered her in a Cologne shopping mall in 2002 and urged her to apply for a role in a film. She beat out 350 other contestants for the lead role in Head-On (German: Gegen die Wand). The film was released in 2004 and was a huge success, winning numerous awards at film festivals. Kekilli found the filming to be physically demanding, and she underwent an appendectomy while in Turkey. In 2010, she received the Lola Award for Best Actress for her performance. Kekilli was recruited in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Shae in 2010, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
Sibel Kekilli Personal Life
Because citizenship in Germany is determined primarily by Jus sanguinis rather than Jus soli, she was born in Turkey rather than Germany and had to apply to the Turkish authorities for a marriage license (for a planned marriage that ultimately did not take place). Kekilli works with the organization Terre des Femmes to combat violence against women.
Sibel Kekilli Net Worth
Sibel Kekilli has an estimated net worth of approximately $3 million.