Aylin Tezel

Aylin Tezel (German: [ˈaɪlɪn ˈteːtsl̩]; born 29 November 1983 in Bünde, Germany) is a German actress and dancer. Her father is Necmettin Tezel, a Turkish medical doctor practicing in Bielefeld, Germany. Her mother is Ingrid Tezel, a German nurse. She is a middle child, having an older sister and a younger brother. She is most known for her main role in the film "Almanya - Welcome to Germany" which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and for her main role in the film "Am Himmel der Tag" (En: "Breaking Horizons") for which she received the Best Actress Award at the Torino Film Festival in 2012.

Aylin Tezel
Born (1983-11-29) 29 November 1983
OccupationFilm actress
Television actress
Years active2007 -

Life and career

Aylin Tezel was born in Bünde and grew up in the Bielefeld district of Sennestadt. There she studied dance from the age of six and graduated from the Hans Ehrenberg private evangelical school. She studied acting at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. After her film debut in the arthouse feature "Unschuld" (2008) she played a central role in Oliver Kienle’s award- winning film "Closer Than Blood" (First Steps Award 2010).

The actress was especially noted for her role in Yasemin Şamdereli’s film "Almanya - Welcome to Germany", which premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and won the Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Award) in 2011. The film was a big hit in German cinemas and had cinema releases in many countries. During Christmas 2011, Tezel was seen as Cinderella in Uwe Janson’s TV film "Aschenputtel" and soon afterwards in one of the main roles as a young cop in Germany’s most popular cop series Tatort. Irish director Shimmy Marcus gave her the main part in his short film "Rhinos" (2011) which premiered at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and was nominated for an Award at the Irish Film & Television Awards in 2013.

In 2012 there were cinema releases of her films "3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad" (engl. "Move") and "Breaking Horizons" (original Title: "Am Himmel der Tag"). Pola Beck’s "Breaking Horizons" won the Award for Best Film in German-language feature film competition at the 8th Zurich Film Festival[1] and Aylin Tezel received the Best Actress Award at the 30th Torino Film Festival.[2]

Aylin Tezel filmed Marco Kreuzpaintner’s feature "Coming In" which was released by Warner Bros. in October 2014, playing female lead Heidi who falls for a gay star- hairdresser (Kostja Ullmann). She played female lead Sabine in Irish Robert Manson’s forthcoming debut feature film "Lost in the Living". In the feature "Macho Man", the film version of a German bestseller she plays the female lead alongside German actor Christian Ulmen and Danish actor Dar Salim. The film was released on October 29, 2015 by Universum Film.

Tezel took voice lessons from the late voice coach Julia Wilson-Dickson in London to improve her opportunities for English language roles.

In 2017 Aylin Tezel had a recurring role in the Canadian CBC Television spy thriller television series X Company. She played the Jewish Polish Resistance Fighter Zosia in 6 episodes of the 3rd season alongside Warren Brown and Évelyne Brochu and spoke English with a Polish Accent for the part.

Most recently Aylin filmed the thriller 7500 alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Selected filmography

Year Title Original Title Role Notes
2007 Whom Honor is due Wem Ehre gebührt Selda Özkan (L) Tatort TV series episode
2008 Innocence Unschuld Derya (L)
2009 Closer than Blood Bis aufs Blut - Brüder auf Bewährung Sina (S) First Steps Award 2010
2010 Bloch Bloch - Inshallah Dalia (L) (TV Film)
2011 Almanya - Welcome to Germany Almanya - Willkommen in Deutschland Canan (L) 61st Berlin International Film Festival Competition, Deutscher Filmpreis 2011 for Best Film, Best Screenplay
2011 Cinderella Aschenputtel Aschenputtel (L) (TV Film)
2012 Move 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad Maria (L)
2012 Breaking Horizons Am Himmel der Tag Lara (L) Best German Language Film Award at Zurich Film Festival 2012,

Best Actress Award at Torino Film Festival 2012, Best Upcoming Actress at German Actors Awards 2013, Best Actress at Sehsüchte Film Festival 2013

2012 Rhinos Rhinos Ingrid (L) (Shortfilm)

Nominated for Best Shortfilm at Irish Film & Television Awards 2012, Prix du Public Best Film, Brest European Short Film Festival 2012, Audience Award Best International Short Film, Corona Cork Film Festival 2012

2012 - 2019 Tatort Tatort Dortmund Nora Dalay (L) (TV series) 14 episodes
2013 Kleine Schiffe Kleine Schiffe Lilli (L) (TV Film)
2013 Inhale Tanz mit ihr Sie (L) (Shortfilm) Director, Producer, Actress, Choreographer

Berlin & Beyond Film Festival San Francisco, Cork Film Festival, to be released on Arte in 2015

2014 Coming In Coming In Heidi (L)
2014 To Life! Auf das Leben! Emily (S) Vienna Film Award 2015
2015 Macho Man Macho Man Aylin (L) Release date: October 29, 2015 - plays a lead character with the same first name as her own
2015 Lost in the Living Lost in the Living Sabine (L) First lead role in an English language film, DVD released on September 28, 2018
2015 Why is This Night Different? Why is This Night Different? Amena (S) Homeland TV series episode aired October 25, 2015
2016 The Informant Die Informantin Aylin (L) (TV Film) aired March 19, 2016 - plays a lead character with the same first name as her own
2017 X Company X Company Zosia (S) (Canadian TV series) guest starred as a Polish-Jewish resistance fighter in third season episodes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 speaking in English with Polish accent for the role
2017 Between Heaven and Hell Zwischen Himmel und Hölle Ottilie von Gersen (S) (TV Film) plays a historical character in a film about the Protestant Reformation that was aired on the 500th anniversary of the event, also shown in the UK on BBC with English subtitles

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Project Result
2012 Torino Film Festival Best Actress Breaking Horizons Won
2013 Askania Award Shooting Star Tatort, Aschenputtel, Am Himmel der Tag Won
2013 Sehsüchte Film Festival Best Acting Am Himmel der Tag Won
2013 German Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Am Himmel der Tag, 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad Nominated
2013 German Actors Award Best upcoming actress Am Himmel der Tag Won
2013 Hessischer Film-und Kinopreis Best Actress Am Himmel der Tag Nominated
2015 German Actors Award Best actress in a comedy role Kleine Schiffe Won
2015 Jupiter Award Best TV-Actress Am Himmel der Tag, Tatort Nominated
2016 Hof International Film Festival Award for Filmmaker Filmpreis der Stadt Hof Won


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