29 august, 1983
Saadet Aksoy, also known as Saadet Isil Aksoy, was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Her native language is Turkish, she is very fluent in English, and she also speaks French. Her interest in cinema turned into passion when she was in high school. She studied English Literature at Bogazici University in Istanbul, which fed also her love for cinema, because that's where she had the chance to take diverse film and stage classes. Along with school, between the years 2002 and 2004, she also presented various TV shows about music and cinema at a private TV channel in Istanbul for the younger audience. She went to the States for the first time as an exchange student in 2004, and when she came back to Istanbul, she had already decided to get involved with acting professionally along with her passion for cinema.
While still a student at university, she started taking acting classes outside of school and taking parts in commercials, TV series, short films and amateur stage productions. After graduating from university in 2006, she didn't wait too long to head to New York City to pursue her dream of acting as she had decided much earlier. She studied acting with many different acting coaches during her stay in New York.
Saadet made her feature film debut in 2007 with the first part of Semih Kaplanoglu's Yusuf trilogy, Egg. She attracted a lot of attention and received many best actress awards thanks to her portrayal of "Ayla", a young and naive village girl, at international festivals such as Sarajevo Film Festival, Valdivia International Film Festival and Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival after the film premiered at Quinzaine Des Realisatuers at Cannes Film Festival. Kaplanoglu worked with her for the second time for the second part of the trilogy, Milk, which premiered at Venice Film Festival in 2008. When Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev decided to shoot his first feature film, Eastern Plays, Aksoy was ready to work with him and to do anything for this film to be realized, because a year before, they had met at a film festival, where Kalev told her briefly about the story which immediately stroke her and they had been in talks since then. She played a Turkish girl with her own second name, "Isil", in Eastern Plays, which premiered at Quinzaine Des Realisteurs at Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Again in 2009, she was the female lead in the Turkish romantic drama, Love in Another Language, which was very well received nationally and brought many national awards to Saadet. Getting more and more attention nationally, she was also working outside of her country taking small parts in American productions such as A Beautiful Life by Alejandro Chomski and The Rebound by Bart Freundlich.
While working for her number one passion, cinema, she also did TV series and theater plays. She played the lead in many Turkish TV series such as "Senden Baska", "Kalpsiz Adam" and "Balkan Wedding", and finally in 2011, she played an assassin called "Viktoria" in the very popular Turkish TV series, Magnificent Century. Her stage appearances consist of Mark Ravenhill's "Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat" by Murat Daltaban and Steel Magnolias by Mehmet Ergen.
Aksoy recently played "Aska", a talented and rebellious trumpet player, in Sergio Castellitto's Venuto Al Mondo (Twice Born) along with Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch and she is still working on her MFA on acting in Istanbul. Up until now, she has been in the juries of Sarajevo Film Festival Competition Programme, Cairo Film Festival Digital Film Competition and Antalya Golden Orange International Competition.