Sibel Kekilli: From the Game of Porn to the Game of Thrones

Sibel Kekilli, a former German adult star turned legitimate actress, will return for season two of the critically-acclaimed HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

The 31-year-old thespian reprises her role as mysterious prostitute Shae in the show’s premiere episode “The North Remembers,” set to air Sunday.

From Wikipedia- Kekilli was born and raised in Heilbronn, then in West Germany, to a family of Turkish origin. Her parents had come to West Germany from Turkey in 1977, and were described by Kekilli as fairly liberal. After leaving school at age 16, she worked for two years for the local city government, then moved to Essen, where she worked various jobs.

One day in 2002 while at a Cologne shopping mall, she was noticed by a casting director, who called her up for an audition for a role in a movie.Sibel won the leading role for Fatih Akın’s planned movie against a field of 350 other hopefuls. This film, Head-On, (German: Gegen die Wand) was released in 2004 and was a major public success, receiving several prizes at film festivals. Filming proved strenuous for Kekilli personally, however, and she underwent an appendectomy during the filming in Turkey.After the movie, she had a rhinoplasty.

Shortly after the release of Head-On, the German tabloid newspaper Bild-Zeitung revealed, in a sensationalist tone, that she had previously acted in pornographic films using the stage name “Dilara”. This report led to a public scandal. Kekilli’s parents broke off all contact. She received the 2004 Bambi prize for best “shooting star” for her role in Head-On; during the televised acceptance speech, she tearfully complained about the “dirty smear campaign” and “media rape” against her. The Bild-Zeitung was later reprimanded for the coverage by the Deutscher Presserat, the self-control institution of German publishers.

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