Turkish-German actor who made a name for himself starring in films like 2001's The Tunnel, 2002's Naked and 2014's Big Game. He also played the lead role of Cenk Natu on the detective series Tatort.
He moved to Germany when he was 18 months old and grew up in the city of Salzgitter.
He won the Best Actor Award at the Locarno International Film Festival for his performance in the film Short Sharp Shock.
He is the brother of actor Tekin Kurtulus. He has dated television presenter Désirée Nosbusch. He has children.
He appeared with English actor Jim Broadbent in the action film Big Game.