Hazal Kaya

Who is the Turkish Actress Hazal Kaya? Her Life & Career

Who is the Hazal Kaya?

Hazal Kaya is a Turkish actress. She was born on  October 1, 1990, in Istanbul, Turkey. Officially, her full name is Leyla Hazal Kaya. Hazal Kaya, whose mother and father are lawyers, grew up in the Balat district of Istanbul. Her family is originally from Gaziantep. She is 1.55 cm tall, 49 kilos and her sign is Libra. She can speak Turkish, English, Italian and German languages.

Hazal Kaya stands out especially with her facial expressions.
Hazal Kaya stands out especially with her facial expressions.

Life and Career of Hazal Kaya

After Hazal Kaya’s mother and father separated in 1997, she continued to live with her mother. She grew up with art from his childhood. She took violin lessons at the age of 4,5 and ballet at the age of 7. She took part in the school’s theater and choir clubs in high school. While still a high school student, she became the advertising face of the Turkish coke brand Cola Turca. After the commercial, she started to act in serials while continuing her high school education. In 2007, she took the lead role in the TV series Genco.

The real breaking point in her career was her role in Aşk-I Memnu (Turkish: Forbidden Love), one of the record-breaking Turkish TV series between 2008 and 2010. Choosing the most important names of 2014 in many categories, ichaps received an international medal of excellence in the artists category and became one of the “most influential names in the world”.

She played the character of "Nihal Ziyagil" in the TV series "Aşk-I Memnu".
She played the character of “Nihal Ziyagil” in the TV series “Aşk-I Memnu” (Forbidden Love).


According to the results of the survey conducted on the United Arab Emirates-based MBC channels, which broadcast Turkish series and special programs about the Turkish magazine world, she ranked 4th in the most liked Turkish female artists survey.

At the same time, she is in 6th place in the list of the 10 most popular actresses, according to the study for the period August 2010-August 2015, from 35 different countries on 4 continents. She is the only Turkish artist to win the “Lebanon Awards 2015” award. Again, between May 2011 and May 2016, she is in 6th place in the list of the 10 most popular actresses, based on the ratings obtained from 4 continents and 35 different countries. From May 2016, she upgraded from 6th to 5th place on the list. She is one of the 5 Turkish actresses included in the list of the ‘Top Beauty World’ 2016’s 100 Most Beautiful Women on the US-based website.

Hazal Kaya Has A Boy!

Hazal Kaya married another Turkish actress, Ali Atay, in 2019. The couple had a son, whom they named Fikret Ali, in the same year.

Hazal Kaya, her husband Ali Atay and their children Fikret Ali
Hazal Kaya, her husband Ali Atay and their children Fikret Ali

TV Series Starring Hazal Kaya

  • Sıla / Berrin (Guest Actor) / 2006
  • Secrets of the Stones (Turkish: Taslarin Sirlari) / Bengü (Guest Actor) / 2006
  • Novice Witch / Pelin (Guest Actor) / 2006
  • Genco / Özge – Gülay Erkaya (Lead Role) / 2007-2008
  • Aşk-I Memnu (Turkish: Forbidden Love) / Nihal Ziyagil (Understudy) / 2008 – 2010
  • Behzat C, An Ankara Crime (Turkish: Behzat Ç, Bir Ankara Polisiyesi) / Berna Ç. (Guest Actor) / 2010
  • Adını Feriha Koydum (Turkish: I Named Her Feriha) / Feriha Yılmaz Sarrafoğlu (Lead Role) / 2011 – 2012
  • Last Summer-Balkans 1912 (Turkish: Son Yaz Balkanlar)  / Emine (Lead Role) / 2021
  • L.O.V.E. (Turkish: A.Ş.K.) / Azra Özak (Lead Role) / 2013
  • Maral: My Best Story (Turkish: Maral En Güzel Hikayem) / Maral Erdem (Lead Role) / 2015
  • Our Story (Turkish: Our Story) / Filiz Elibol Aktan (Lead Role) / 2017-2019
  • Call My Agent (Turkish: Menajerimi Ara) / Hazal Kaya (Herself-Guest Actor) / 2020
  • Guest (Turkish: Misafir) / Gece-Gündüz Yalçın (Lead Role) 2021
  • Midnight at the Pera Palace (Turkish: Pera Palas’ta Gece Yarısı) / Esra (Lead Role) 2022

Movies Starring Hazal Kaya

  • Behzat Ç, I Buried You In My Heart (Turkish: Behzat Ç, Seni Kalbime Gömdüm) / Berna Ç. (Guest Actor) / 2011
  • I Can Not Sleep When Moon Grows Up (Turkish: Ay Büyürken Uyuyamam) / Hülya (Lead Role) / 2011
  • Let It Be The Last (Turkish: Bu Son Olsun) / Lale (Lead Role) / 2012
  • Blue Wave (Turkish: Mavi Dalga) / Aslım (Lead Role) / 2013
  • I Have An Objection (Turkish: İtirazım Var) / Zeynep Bulut (Lead Role) / 2015
  • Broken Hearts Bank (Turkish: Kırık Kalpler Bankası) / Aslım (Lead Role) / 2015
  • What Happens to Me? (Turkish: Benden Ne Olur?) / Sertab Bal (Lead Role) / 2022
Midnight At The Pera Palace lead actors
She plays the leading role in the Netflix series “Midnight in the Pera Palace”.  Review of the Series

Hazal Kaya’s Instagram Account

More than 6.9 million people follow Hazal Kaya’s Instagram account! Most of her followers are outside of Turkey. She has many followers, especially from Latin America and the Middle East.

Name of her Instagram account: hazalkaya


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