TAMER LEVENT (Nur’s father, Hamit)

After graduating from the Stage Acting Department of the Ankara State Conservatory in 1977, actor-director Tamer Levent was taken on as a permanent member of the Turkish State Theatres. He was awarded grants by the British Council and Goethe Institut alike, which allowed him to gain professional experience in Britain and Germany respectively. He has both taken part in, and led workshops at international theatre festivals, as well as serving on festival juries and organizational committees. Tamer has acted in over 100 State Theatre productions, these ranging from world classics to modern and Turkish dramas. He has also directed some 50 plays for the State Theatres, three productions for the Turkish State Opera and another for the State Ballet. Recent projects have won him Best Actor awards for his performances as Galileo in Brecht’s The Life of Galileo and as Shylock in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice.

Besides taking on a diversity of roles in television drama series, Tamer has earned himself numerous credits for his screen roles in both Turkish and international film productions. These include Emin Alper’s Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardı), for which he won several Best Actor awards; Özcan Deniz’s Water and Fire (Su ve Deniz); Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or winning Winter Sleep (Kış Uykusu); George Ovashvili’s Corn Island; and Mitsutoshi Tanaka’s Kainan 1890.

As well as acting and directing, Tamer has written a number of his own plays, which have been staged and published.