Meryem Uzerli: International Star You Should Know

Meryem Uzerli Turkish Soap Star

Soap star has had her fill of controversy

CLAIM TO FAME

German/Turkish actress Meryem Uzerli is among the Arab world’s best-known young stars, thanks to hit Turkish soap “Magnificent Century,” in which she played Hurrem Sultan, a seductive former slave who becomes the powerful wife of 16th century Ottoman emperor Suleiman. The lavishly produced show mixes intrigue, sensuality and history, luring viewers from the Middle East, Eastern Europe and even France and Japan. But it has irked some Muslims in the region.

BIG BREAK

Uzerli, 30, who grew up in Germany, has a German mother and a Turkish father. After acting school, Uzerli did some theater work and landed small roles on German TV. “Until one day the phone rang, I was invited for a casting in Turkey, and then almost immediately (in 2010) I started living in Istanbul almost full time,” she says.

CATAPULTED INTO CONTROVERSY

Moving from Germany to Turkey, where fundamentalist Muslim beliefs wrestle with Western pop culture, Uzerli became an unintentional poster girl on the cultural battleground. Last year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to get “Magnificent Century banned, claiming it was blasphemous because it portrayed Suleiman as a womanizer and a drinker. The show has divided Muslims elsewhere, including Pakistan and Egypt, where it has a huge following. Uzerli left the show in May for personal reasons, and moved back to Berlin. “Century” continues, however, with a new actor taking over Uzerli’s role.

A FUTURE LESS CLOUDED

“I am trying to build on my international success within any industry where actors are respected as artists, and where I can find great scripts that allow me to delve into a story that leaves the here and now behind,” she says.

DIRECTORS SHE’D LOVE TO WORK WITH

Ferzan Ozpetek, Yilmaz Erdogan, Fatih Akin, Quentin Tarantino, Roland Emmerich, Roberto Benigni

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  1. zainab hanif says:

    Meryem uzerli i love u soooo mch.. frm the depth of my heart.. u r the queen of my heart.. i m ur biggest fan in the whole world.. u r my princess.. my love.. my every thing is u… my biggest wish to meet u.. hug u.. i have no words to define that i m ur biggest fan.. u r the most beautifull lady in the world.. u r soooo cute.. soo preety.. glamrous… outstanding.. u r my star… uuuuummmmaaaahhhhhhhh..😃😃😃😃

  2. Irene says:

    Tonight was the first time watching a Turkish soap opera.it is absolutely beautiful and I do not know much of turkey as a country, but I am glad that actors are given a opportunity to express themselves. I started watching it cause I wanted to see how turkey looks from all angles. I know is only TV, but at least it shows houses and places of turkey. I get to travel to turkey watching the soap operas.

  3. Khadeeja says:

    My favourite ….love her…..gorgeous lady…..in acting she is superb…..want to see her again in screen….

  4. ahmer says:

    there is no actress like you in the world wither its beauty or acting you are the best

  5. Shamaila Ali says:

    i m from pakistan and MC is a big big hit here ib my country and yes meryam is the most beautiful woman in the world and best actress love her wish her all the success and happiness.

  6. nancy says:

    If you’re happy and think it’s a success to be in such a journal or its site, go on like that! That site is unknown in the world and it’s a fun and magazine site to poke fun at everything with jargon mouth with a lot of lies and to use very very dirty-minded expressions, unmentionable words with sexual expressions even which you won’t want to see especially for someone or something which you love. For example look at another pseudo article they wrote about Turkish series in Pakistan, again with a lot of wrong things in it and specially for your series with a lot of dirty-minded expressions, unmentionable words and go on to be happy!
    Just you could be happy when you see something written abroad in those kind of dirty-minded and infamous sites because you can’t see any success news in the world’s famous and serious press of course while there’s no success!

  7. Sarah says:

    Your piece needs correcting.

    First, Meryem’s popularity arose in Turkey, where Muhtesem Yuzyil (the Magnificent Century (“MC”) in Englsh) is produced, but soon spread throughout the region, primarily in countries that were at one time part of the Ottoman Empire, including the Balkans, parts of the Middle-East, and Central Asia. To write that she’s the “Arab world’s best known young star” suggests that either the actor is of Arab descent (she’s not) or that MC is an Arab-oriented show (it’s not). Turkey has never been an Arab nation; Turks are not ethnic Arabs (their origins are in Central Asia); and the Turkish language is not a Semetic tongue (although Ottoman Turkish, as opposed to Modern Turkish, borrowed from Classical Arabic as a result of their acceptance of Islam).

    Second, the Islam practiced in Turkey is not now, nor has ever been, the so-called “fundamentalist” strain we read about in current events. While there are extremists everywhere, Turks on the whole practice a moderate faith and live in a secular nation-state. Although certain members of the ruling party have indeed publicly objected to certain aspects of MC, the show has not been banned or censored.

  8. Jihane says:

    I’m glad you introduced her to the U.S, she is a fantastic actress, after her departure, she left a huge space to fill.

  9. Anna Bayraktar says:

    She is my favourite actress.. She is very talented and very beautiful. I can’t get enough of watching her. I stopped watching ”Magnificent Century” after she left. She is very famous and adored in Turkey. I wish her the best, because she definitely deserve it.

  10. Guest says:

    Why are you interested that actress Meryem Uzerli who’s not liked in Muslim countries and Magnificent Century which is not liked in most countries, either! And you write as if it has a huge following in Egypt and Pakistan where it’s also had reaction to be banned. Is it the the supporters of pro-coup mindset and who have that pro-coup mindset in Egypt! And you (Western media) try to show Pakistan always who like unmoral shows! What are you trying to do with that interest in a show which is not liked where it’s shown and which is a failure most where! Especially you write Muslim countries where it’s a big failure! She may be well known there but by what! Because of the huge reaction to that series at news and she’s one the head roles.It’s the same in Turkey if she’s known by some people (not many) it could be just because of the reactions and most of the people don’t know about her even inTurkey while even protesting the series because they’re interested interested in the reaction to the series. You always try to mention about the Muslim countries especially Egypt where it’s a big failure (maybe pro-coup mindset supporters watch and how much are they! And is it because you support them!) The show could be watched some in some of those kind of countries like Russia, Ukraine whose nation is Russian because of that role Hurrem Sultan that’s she’s Russian origin in the series and we know the reason is that, they advertise the series by way of her and even they showed reaction because she was bad character in the series.And in brief, the show is being broadcasted in the countries because of a lot of commercial by way of reactions but it’s not success or it’s not being followed so much viewers and so it’s so so funny that you wrote huge viewers in Egypt and Pakistan! Again, what made you be interested in that actress and that series! There’s something coming to my mind about your act; can it be that: Because; she was active in Gezi Protests and second; Magnificient Century is making bad commercial about Muslims while also you mention about the reaction of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish Prime Minister.May they be some of the reasons of your bad intentions while we think about your action being interested and trying to advertize an actress such that and that show which is a failure or ordinary followed!

    • Sarah says:

      Muhtesem Yuzyil is extraordinarily popular in Turkey and abroad, where it is broadcast from Central Europe to Central Asia and beyond. The show is about the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman and his lifelong love affair with a young Ukrainian concubine whom he eventually makes his legal spouse and whose offspring together, Selim, inherits his father’s throne. This is not a story about Islam. And even if it were, we live in a free world. It is not the responsibility of every human on earth to submit to the violent threats of close-minded fools who have nothing positive to contribute to humankind except a nihilistic ideology veiled as religion. Travel more. Read more. Question your own beliefs more. You might be surprised by what you discover.

      • nancy says:

        Are you living with Turkish asparagas magazine which are with no proofs while giving any news (if there’s any value of news!) Firs; I couldn’t understand so much what you wanted to write, you need to develop your English!
        Second; I search sources of the news and the Middle East’s, Arab World’s press and I have many foreign friends from Arab world and the Balkans. So I think there’s nothing needed to add what Sarah said but to you; give up having your head in the sand like an ostrich and don’t go on deceiving yourself! Search a little bit to not being funny and seeming like a little child who like being deceived by asparagas! Can you show any proof of the success! Even the producers of it can’t! They just try to own what is told for the whole Turkish series. 150 million viewers belong to all 76 Turkish series abroad. What is talked about Muhteşem Yüzyıl is just about the reactions of the public who doesn’t go on watching of course.Saying ‘extraordinary success'(!!!) I think you also need to learn the meaning of it and look at that if muhteşem Yüzyıl and ‘extraordinary success abroad’ could ever come together. When you look at wikipedia which even seems to be written by its sellers because the same things about the same series, can you see any success news!Just hey can show Bosnia-Hersegovina where it got 1. but also its the information of AGB Nielsen the company which Turkey gave up the aggreement with because of a lot of blemishes.And it says in Serbia it was the 4. And then there’s nothing about it but the paragraphs are filled with different series news also most of them wrong for forbidden love which is the biggest failure abroad who can’t deny it also.About Ukraine; you’re really funnny and ridiculous by giving such a reply! Everyone knows Russia and Ukraine bought that series just because of the Russian girl (Hurrem Sultan) in it and the Russian Domashniy tv advertised it just over her expressing ‘Russian girl’. If not there for that reason so where would it be watched!But you must know that even in those countries it got reactions because the series tells her, a Russian girl as a bad character.Even at first it was removed from broadcasting because of the reactions of the public.Look; how you seem ridiculous, then while trying to put the words ‘success’ and ‘Magnificient Century’ abroad!
        The extraordinary success as the whole world knows belongs to just Gümüş(Noor) of course which was showed in the list of 50 tv productions which effected the world in 50 years in the world, by Switzerland International Rating Search Company; and which since 2008 is still talked by its extraordinary success and had written has written and still is being written specially with all prooffs by International Rating Search Companies like French Comp. and by the serious world press not by those kind of magazine press.

        So can you see how ridiculous you seem while you are raving but at the same time you advise!

    • Guest says:

      She is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses. Everyone adored her in “Magnificent Century”. She has beautiful passion in her roles and everyone in the non-English speaking countries know her and are obssessed with the show. It isn’t the same since she left. She has an amazing energy and she is very much loved by everyone who watches the show which spans over millions of viewers from Turkey, the Arab countries, Greece, Russia, Pakistan, China and even reached Japan. The show is so popular that the fundamentalists couldnt ban it. There are hundreds of arabic facebook pages dedicated to her with hundreds of thousands of followers. Her charisma won her all these fans. I dont know anyone in the Arabic speaking world who hasn’t been charmed by her performance or doesn’t love the series.

      • Paul Jones. says:

        “Firs; I couldn’t understand so much what you wanted to write, you need to develop your English!” Well, knock me down with a feather. Hilarious.

      • nancy says:

        By the way are from another world and telling from a different Arab world which doesn’t belong here, this world! You must be poking fun at the people! I don’t see any necessity to reply such a ridiculous expression which is absurd and even not worth replying but the same things for you as the message above, read carefully not burrying your head in the sand like an ostrich!

        Are you living with Turkish asparagas magazine which are with no proofs while giving any news (if there’s any value of news!) Firs; I couldn’t understand so much what you wanted to write, you need to develop your English!
        Second; I search sources of the news and the Middle East’s, Arab World’s press and I have many foreign friends from Arab world and the Balkans. So I think there’s nothing needed to add what Sarah said but to you; give up having your head in the sand like an ostrich and don’t go on deceiving yourself! Search a little bit to not being funny and seeming like a little child who like being deceived by asparagas! Can you show any proof of the success! Even the producers of it can’t! They just try to own what is told for the whole Turkish series. 150 million viewers belong to all 76 Turkish series abroad. What is talked about Muhteşem Yüzyıl is just about the reactions of the public who doesn’t go on watching of course.Saying ‘extraordinary success'(!!!) I think you also need to learn the meaning of it and look at that if muhteşem Yüzyıl and ‘extraordinary success abroad’ could ever come together. When you look at wikipedia which even seems to be written by its sellers because the same things about the same series, can you see any success news!Just hey can show Bosnia-Hersegovina where it got 1. but also its the information of AGB Nielsen the company which Turkey gave up the aggreement with because of a lot of blemishes.And it says in Serbia it was the 4. And then there’s nothing about it but the paragraphs are filled with different series news also most of them wrong for forbidden love which is the biggest failure abroad who can’t deny it also.About Ukraine; you’re really funnny and ridiculous by giving such a reply! Everyone knows Russia and Ukraine bought that series just because of the Russian girl (Hurrem Sultan) in it and the Russian Domashniy tv advertised it just over her expressing ‘Russian girl’. If not there for that reason so where would it be watched!But you must know that even in those countries it got reactions because the series tells her, a Russian girl as a bad character.Even at first it was removed from broadcasting because of the reactions of the public.Look; how you seem ridiculous, then while trying to put the words ‘success’ and ‘Magnificient Century’ abroad!
        The extraordinary success as the whole world knows belongs to just Gümüş(Noor) of course which was showed in the list of 50 tv productions which effected the world in 50 years in the world, by Switzerland International Rating Search Company; and which since 2008 is still talked by its extraordinary success and had written has written and still is being written specially with all prooffs by International Rating Search Companies like French Comp. and by the serious world press not by those kind of magazine press.

        So can you see how ridiculous you seem while you are raving but at the same time you advise!

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