Photo: Armin Smailovic
İdil Üner, born in Berlin in 1971, studied acting at the Berlin University of the Arts (HdK) from 1992 to 1996. Already during her studies she received film and television engagements (a. o. the leading role in the feature film "Das Geheimnis", directed by Rudolf Thome, 1995). After her acting studies she plays among others in films by Fatih Akin ("Kurz und schmerzlos") and Yüksel Yavuz ("Aprilkinder").
She continues to appear in films by director Fatih Akin - who also co-starred with her in her film directorial debut, the short film "The Lovers from the Hotel of Osman" (2001) - for example in the road movie "In July" (2000). Since 1993 İdil Üner has worked continuously for film and television, often with such renowned directors as Thomas Arslan, Dror Zahavi or Sandra Nettelbeck.
In 2001 she received the German Film Award in Gold as a director for her short film "Die Liebenden vom Hotel von Osman", as well as the Friedrich- Wilhelm-Murnau-Preis. For her role in Ümit Ünal's feature film "Anlat Istanbul", İdil Üner was awarded "Best Actress" at the 2006 Ankara Film Festival.
İdil Üner is also increasingly active as a director. She realised her first theatre work in 2003 with Terry Johnson's "Hysteria" at the Tiyatrom in Berlin. It follows "norway. today" there. After "Funk is not dead!" ( 2011), she is working on her second production at Ballhaus Naunynstraße with "Süpermänner" (2014).
At the Thalia Theater, İdil Üner is currently guest starring in Arthur Miller's "View from the Bridge", where she plays the role of "Beatrice", directed by Hakan Savaş Mican.