Who is Burak Ozcivit?
Burak Ozcivit was born on 24 December 1984, in Istanbul, Turkey, and is a model as well as an actor, best known for his work in television series such as “Kara Sevda” and “Calikusu”. In recent years, he’s been known for his work in the show “Kurulus: Osman”. He’s won numerous awards during his career, both as a model and as an actor.
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The Net Worth of Burak Ozcivit
As of mid-2020, Burak Ozcivit’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned largely through a successful career as an actor in Turkey.
He’s been in the profession since 2006, and also worked as a high-profile model during the mid-2000s. While he still takes modeling projects from time to time, he’s been more focused on acting work.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Burak grew up in Istanbul, and considered a career in entertainment at a young age, though he didn’t know what specific path he would pursue. He attended Kazim Ismen High School and after matriculating, enrolled at Marmara University where he took up a degree in photography.
The university is known for being one of the more recognized higher education institutions in the country, and is as the only multilingual university, offering education in five languages.
His studies in photography would later help him after graduating, as he successfully auditioned for a local modeling agency. He quickly gained recognition as a model during his first year, and after just two years of working, he was considered the second best model in the world thanks to his achievements and pay. This opened the door for more opportunities, and the first he took was a professional acting role in the series “Eksi 18”, cast in a major role.
Transition to Acting
More acting opportunities came Ozcivit’s way, and soon he left modeling behind to focus on acting, as it was a more lucrative option, and was something that he had always been interested in, even during his childhood. In 2007 he worked on the show “Zoraki Koca”, and then made his feature film debut in “Musallat” or “Haunted”. The horror film stars him as a man who moves to Berlin, Germany to try and earn money for his wife back home in Turkey. While in Berlin, he suffers from numerous paranormal experiences which leads him to seek out help. The film was very successful, solidifying his status as an actor, as it was one of the highest-grossing films in Turkey for that year.
In the next few years, he continued his work, focusing more on television projects as in “Baba Ocagi” and “Ihanet”, and established himself as more of a television star, especially in the 2010s, taking fewer film projects. In 2010, he starred in “Kucuk Siriar”, also known as “Little Secrets”, featuring several teenagers whose family and romantic lives lead to a dark intricate web of secrets.
Burak then starred in “Muhtesem Yuzyil” or “The Magnificent Century, and historical series based on the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, telling the story of him and the sultanate of women, showcasing the influence of women during this period.
The sultan’s wife Hurrem Sultan was a former slave girl who would rise to become a Sultana. The show ran for two years, and Burak then returned to film, voicing Hasan in “Zarafa”.
In 2013, he was cast in the show “Calikusu” or “Lovebird”, which is based on the novel of the same name, a literary piece that has been adapted numerous times in Turkish media, telling the story of a female teacher during the early-20th century. Unlike other adaptations, the show was never able to complete its story as it was canceled after just a season.
He then focused his attention back on films, working in “Ask Sana Benzer” and “Kardesim Benim”, in which he appeared as the character Hakan, a role he reprised in the sequel” Kardesim Benim 2”.
In 2015, Ozcivit gained another high-profile role as he was cast in “Kara Sevda”, also known as “Dark Love” or “Endless Love”. The show aired on Star TV, and lasted for two seasons and a total of 74 episodes. The show focuses on him and his family, as he lives among the working-class in Istanbul, and tells the story from the perspective of a rich woman, played by Neslihan Atagul Dogulu. The two meet and fall in love through unusual circumstances, but she is destined to marry another to save her business.
He won numerous awards for his work in the show, including a Pantene Golden Butterfly Award for Best Actor, the GQ Men of the Year Awards, and The ONE Objective Awards.
In 2018, he worked on the film “Can Feda” which won him an award from the Yildiz Technical University. He was then cast in “Kurulus: Osman” playing the role of the titular Osman I, in another historical series, following the life of his character who was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The show features his various struggles as he establishes the empire, with conflicts against the Mongols and the Byzantium.
In the mid-2010s, Burak met German-Turkish actress Fahriye Evcen, and the two began a relationship. They worked together on the set of “Calikusu”, and she is also known for her work in “Yaprak Dokumu”, a television adaptation of a novel of the same name written by Resat Nuri Guntekin. They announced their engagement in 2017 while on vacation in Germany. and married a few months later. Numerous celebrities attended their wedding, and it also caught the attention of the media as Fahriye wore three different designer wedding gowns for the event. They have a son named Karan together, and reside in Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey.