Ilker Kaleli is a Turkish actor who is well known for his role in the Turkish television series ‘Poyraz Karayel.’ In 2021, he was roped in to play a supporting role in the Netflix crime drama series ‘The Serpent.’
Ilker Kaleli was born on Friday, 11 May 1984 (age 37 years; as of 2021) in Istanbul, Turkey. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He completed his graduation in Arts Management, and in 2005, Ilker applied to The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, and pursued a degree in acting. YouTube
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Ilker Kaleli’s mother’s name is Beril Öztunalı. She is half German and half Turkish. His father is a Turkish citizen who was born in Van Province. Ilker Kaleli has a younger sister, Eda E. Kaleli.
Ilker Kaleli was rumored to be in a relationship with the Turkish actress Burçin Terzioğlu. The rumors began when a picture of Ilker and Burçin with Ilker’s sister surfaced on the internet.
After completing his graduation in Arts Management, Ilker started working as a DJ in a local club, and he used to perform at night for parties. In 2005, he applied for an acting course in LAMDA, London. After completing his course, Ilker began working as a supporting actor for the 2012 television psychological thriller series Son. He then received lead roles in the television series Kayıp Şehir (2012-2013) and Kayip (2013). In 2014, he played the lead role in the Turkish thriller drama ‘Silsile.’
In 2015, Ilker Kaleli played the lead role of Ahmet Poyraz Karayel in the Turkish drama television series ‘Poyraz Karayel.’ The series broadcasted its last episode in 2017. Ilker then worked in another Turkish television series Dip (2018). In 2021, he was roped in in the crime drama series co-produced by Netflix and BBC One, ‘The Serpent’ to play the supporting role of Vitali Hakim. The show released on Netflix on 1 January 2021.
- ‘Most Succesful TV Series Actor’ by YBTB Top Awards of the Year in 2015
- Best TV Actor of the Year by Halic University 2015’s Top Awards in 2015
- Best Actor of the Year by Gazi University in 2016
- Best Detective TV Series Actor by Ayaklı Newspaper TV Stars Awards in 2016
- Best Actor by Pantene Golden Butterfly Awards in 2016
- Best Actor by IMK Social Media Awards in 2016
- Most Liked Series-Movie Actor by YTÜ Stars of the Year Awards in 2017
- Most Successful TV Actor of the Year by İTÜ EMÖS Achievement Awards in 2017
- Series Contribution Special Award by Poyraz Karayel Special Awards in 2017
- Symbolic Couple of the Year (Burçin & İlker) by Valentine’s Day’s Symbol Couple Survey Awards in 2017
- Most Liked Couple (Burçin & İlker) by Poltio.com TV Survey Awards in 2017
- Ilker’s parents got divorced when he was thirteen years old.
- Ilker is fluent in English, and he speaks three other languages- Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Turkish.
- Ilker is not just a good actor; he is a highly skilled musician as well, and he plays guitar, piano, and drums. He sang songs and played instruments in several episodes for ‘Poyraz Karayel.’ He also sang the main soundtrack for Silsile.
- Ilker is an animal lover, and he has a pet cat.
- He is passionate about bikes, and he owns a BMW R nineT.