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Haluk Bilginer

Haluk Bilginer was trained at the Turkish State Conservatoire and L.A.M.D.A.. He worked with various companies in England including the Half Moon Theatre and did a National Tour playing Alfredo in Anthony Minghellas' A Little Like Drowning. After finishing his National Service, Haluk returned to England and joined the Tyne and Wear Theatre Company appearing in many of their productions including The Phantom of The Opera where he played the Persian both in Newcastle and at the Theatre Roal Stratford East. He also played Mr. Tumnus in Ken Hill's production of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe which was followed by the British premiere of the Pirate Queen in which he played Flynn.

From 1985 Haluk concentrated on television and film including Bob Swaine's Half Moon Street; the high profile character Mehmet in the series Eastenders; a terrorist in Yorkshire Television's The Glory Boys with Rod Steiger; Franklyn Schaffner's Lionheart; Elaine May's Ishtar starring Warren Beatly and Dustin Hoffman; Memories of Midnight with Omar Sharif and Jane Seymour, and Sasan in The Murder of A Moderate Man for the BBC. In 1989 he played the title role in Ken Hill's The Wicked World of Bel Ami at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. For the last two years Haluk has been concentrating on his production company in Turkey where he produced and appeared in Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Willy Russell's Blood Brothers.