Damla Sonmez was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Her family is of Circassian descent. Her native language is Turkish and is fluent in English and French. Cinema has been her greatest passion since she was child.
She is an award-winning actor of international distinction. She received several nominations for her performance in Bornova Bornova (2009) , winning the Antalya Golden Orange Award, Ankara Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival Award and a Sadri Alisik Theatre & Movie Award. She was also nominated for The Young Talent Award at the Yesilcam Movie Awards for her performance in Mahpeyker – Kösem Sultan (2010)
As a young actress, Sonmez trained in cities throughout Europe. After graduating from Saint Joseph French High School in Istanbul, she was accepted to Université de La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III Theatre department. She studied for a year in Paris before being awarded a scholarship to the Yeditepe University Fine Arts Theatre Department in Istanbul. She also attended Jillian O’Dowd’s Contemporary Acting Workshop at the London Dramatic School of Arts..
Sonmez made her film debut in Kampüste çiplak ayaklar (2009) , which was quickly followed up with her award-winning performance in Bornova Bornova (2009) in which she played a confused, yet ruthless Lady M-inspired girl from Izmir. She played a young conservative worker in _Çakal(2010)_ and was nominated for her work as an Ottoman Empire Sultan in Mahpeyker – Kösem Sultan (2010). Sonmez next played an abused girl who takes matters into her own hands in the comedy Last Stop: Kurtulus (2012) She continued her work in film in Uzun Hikaye (2012) as an attorney’s daughter who meets the love of her life, followed by Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi (2013) playing a young town girl who has the ability to stop time. She won the Best Actress Award in 2015 Milano Film Festival and 21. Adana International Film Festival with her role in Deniz Seviyesi (2014) as a young pregnant Turkish immigrant living in NY who tries to make peace with her haunting past which was followed up with another award-winning performance in Taksim Hold’em (2017) in which she played a young journalist who’s about to lose her job due to political conflicts. Her latest film Sibel (2018) just made it’s world premier in 71.Locarno Film Festival.
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