15 april, 1981
Filiz Ahmet (Born 15 April 1981) is a Macedonian and Turkish stage and screen actress. Some of her prominent roles include Zarife in the series “Farewell Rumelia” and Nigar Kalfa in the successful Turkish series “Magnificent Century”.
Filiz Ahmet was born in Skopje, Macedonia, she is of an Turkish descent. Her grandfather is a famous Macedonian stage actor (co-founder of the Macedonian-Turkish theatre, the first Ethnic Minority Theatre in the world) and her mother is a prompter.
The first show she watched in the theater was “The Idiot” (based on the novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky). After that, she developed a lifelong passion for theater. Ahmet was 6 when she first appeared on stage. Since then, she has loved acting and believed that she was going to be an actress.
Ahmet’s childhood coincided with the Civil War in the Balkans. Her family decided to go to Sweden and returned to Macedonia when she was 12. Filiz Ahmet graduated from medical school and then the Academy of Fine Arts in Skopje in 2003.
Ahmet is multilingual she speaks Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, Swedish, English, Serbian and Bulgarian.
For a long time, Ahmet was a stage actress and received several performance awards. She did not plan to act on-screen, and her busy theater schedule allowed little time for anything else. However, her breakthrough performance was in 2007 when she appeared in the series “Farewell Rumelia”. It was quite an unexpected change in her life. To make her character more expressive, Ahmet spoke her role in the Macedonian Turkish dialect. After this series, she received offers in television series. Her next project is “Balkan Wedding” (role of Galina) in 2009.
In 2010, Ahmet received the role of Nigar Kalfa in a primetime historical Turkish television series, Muhteşem Yüzyıl (en: Magnificent Century). The show is very successful in the Balkan region and Turkey, and is broadcast in 45 countries. The series has 204 million viewers worldwide.
Ahmet says “At the beginning Nigar Kalfa was almost non-existent. Nothing had been written about her, not even a character analysis," so Ahmet created the character in her mind.
This brought her positive responses and acclaim from critics.