Sibel Kekilli is a German actress who was born on June 16th, 1980 in Heilbronn to a Turkish family. Her family came from Turkey to West Germany in 1977. Before she became an actress, she finished her studies at the age of 16 and has been employed as a public administration employee with an apprenticeship completion at their local government. She worked for two years as a waste disposal officer. Sibel moved to Essen in 2002 where she had several works including being a manager, cleaner, saleswoman and promoter in a nightclub.
While Sibel was in a cologne shopping mall, a casting director noticed her beauty and made her audition for a certain role. She won the leading character in the “Head-On” movie of Faith Akin against 350 hopeful contestants. “Head-On” movie was a big success and received various awards and prizes. After her first film, Sibel got the stage name of “Dilara” in her pornographic films. She had her turning points that led her parents to break off contacts with her. Speculations and issues were thrown at Sibel due to an unethical story published about her.
Sibel was featured on the film “Eve Donus” in 2006 where she played as a wife of a man who was tortured and unjustly imprisoned. She got her first Best Actress award in Antalya Golden Orange Film festival in 2006. She was featured in a German movie “The Last Train” in 2006 where she played as a Jewish woman on her way to a concentration camp (Auschwitz). In 2009, Sibel played as Umay in the movie of Feo Aladag entitled “When We Leave.”
Aside from these accomplishments, Sibel was also a cast member of the TV show “Game of Thrones” featured on HBO where she played as Shae. In 2011, Kekilli became a permanent cast member of the crime series “Tatort” as Sarah Brandt, a new investigator, along with Axel Milberg as Klaus Borowski. Aside from her acting career, she is also an advocate against violence in families with her organization Terre des Femmes in Germany. Sibel was also featured in the movies “Winterreise,” “Fay Grim,” “Kebab Connection,” “Pihalla,” as well as “What a Man.” She received multiple awards during her acting career, which included an award in 2004 for Best Shooting Star in the movie “Gegen die Wand.” She got multiple Best Actress awards from 2004 to 2010.