German actress who won two Lola Awards for her performances in Head-On and When We Leave.
She held various odd jobs--including a municipal waste department employee and a nightclub manager--before breaking into the film industry.
She was discovered in 2002 by a German casting director whom she met while shopping at a mall in Cologne.
She was raised by Turkish immigrant parents in Heilbronn, Germany.
She and fellow actor Sean Bean both appeared in the American fantasy television series Game of Thrones.