Who is Ilker Kaleli, the actor who stars alongside Maggie Civantos in Antena 3's 'The Turkish Passion'

Antena 3 premiered last Thursday, May 9, its new fiction bet: The Turkish Passion.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
14 May 2024 Tuesday 17:36
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Who is Ilker Kaleli, the actor who stars alongside Maggie Civantos in Antena 3's 'The Turkish Passion'

Antena 3 premiered last Thursday, May 9, its new fiction bet: The Turkish Passion. After the open broadcast of Christ and the King and One Life Less in the Canary Islands, the audiovisual group of San Sebastián de los Reyes wanted to bet on Thursday nights for this new fiction based on the novel of the same name by Antonio Gala and starring the Spanish actress Maggie Civantos and Turkish actor Ilker Kaleli.

The fiction tells the story of Olivia, a Spanish Fine Arts professor with a brilliant professional career who wakes up from a coma in an Istanbul hospital after having attempted suicide. There, she must face a great crossroads: inform the police of the movements of her Turkish lover Yaman in an art smuggling network to escape jail or save her unexpected and passionate love story with Yaman.

The cast of the series is completed by: Ainhoa ​​Santamaría (While the War Lasts, 2021), Fernando Andina (4 stars), Laura Pamplona (The Mysteries of Laura), Mariona Terés (The Messiah) and Yasemin Sannino, among others. The vast majority of the main actors are well-known faces of the Spanish audiovisual scene. But who is Ilker Kaleli, the leading actor in the Antena 3 fiction?

İlker Kaan Kaleli (39) was born in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 11, 1984. Despite being of Turkish origin, the performer has German ancestry through his maternal grandmother. He studied Art Management at Kültür University in Istanbul, but his passion for the world of acting led him to study acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts school.

His television debut occurred in 2012 with the series Son, a Turkish production that had a total of 25 episodes and which has a Spanish version, The Accident. However, her popularity took a radical turn in 2015 when she starred in Poyraz Karayel, a series that aired for three seasons and had a total of 82 episodes.

Kaleli played a police officer who loses his job and custody of his son after being accused of a crime he never committed. As a result of this, the actor has participated in major audiovisual projects, such as The Serpent, a miniseries released in 2021 on Netflix and in which he gave life to Vitali Hakim.