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Sibel Kekilli born 16 June is a German actress. Kekilli was born and raised in Heilbronn , to a family of Turkish origin. Her parents came to Germany from Turkey in , and were described by Kekilli as "fairly liberal ". After successful completion, she continued to work as an administrative assistant for another two years at Heilbronn city hall, then moved to Essen , where she worked various jobs as a bouncer, cleaner, waitress, nightclub manager, saleswoman, and pornographic film actress. Kekilli lives in Hamburg. In , she blocked her Instagram from users in Turkey after male users from that country sent a multitude of abusive and threatening messages. Kekilli denounced the senders as "bigoted" and "full of hate". In , while at a shopping mall in Cologne , Kekilli was noticed by a casting director, who invited her to audition for a role in a film.
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But as a child she never dreamed of being an actress. You mostly thought of being a hairdresser, or working in an office. On graduation Kekilli moved from Heilbronn to Essen, worked as waitress and a clerk for the city council, sold fruit and veg, even managed a nightclub for a month. Then in Cologne in she was spotted by a casting director and asked to audition for a role in a movie. The powerful and disturbing movie — about the struggle of immigrants for acceptance both within their families and by their German peers — helped to propel Turkish-German film into the mainstream. When I watch the television news, and see for example a report on a crime, I want to understand its perpetrators. But her heartfelt honesty and professional range enabled her to rise above typecasting, for example in her performances in Winterreise and Der Letzte Zug 'The Last Train' where she played a Jewish woman deported to Auschwitz. Its English-language release is planned for I love to laugh.