Haluk Bilginer Wins International Emmy Award

Haluk Bilginer won the Best Performance by an Actor award Monday at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York for his performance in the TV series "Şahsiyet" (Persona).

Speaking to the Anadolu Agency after receiving the award, Bilginer said, “I feel great. But more than for myself, I’m really happy that this award went to Turkey.

We put a lot of love into our work, and to have that work recognized by others on an international platform, and to have it crowned with an award, has made all of us incredibly happy.”

In the TV series, the 65-year-old plays a man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who is cursed to eventually lose all his memories.

Bilginer’s character, however, turns the ailment into an opportunity using it to execute guilty people without any fear of suffering pangs of conscience.

Bilginer, with dozens of acting credits to his name, made his first appearance in the mid-1980s, in long-running British soap opera Eastenders Bilginer won the best supporting actor award at the 1997 International Antalya Film Festival. In 2014, he won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for his performance in the acclaimed film Kış Uykusu (Winter Sleep).


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