Greek Child Star Conquers Turkish Television at 18

tsiliAt the age of 8, Anastasia Tsilimpiou had her first acting role on Greek television. At 10 she stepped on the theater stage and at 12 she made many viewers cry on the TV version of Victoria Hislop’s best seller “The Island.” Now, 10 years later, she has conquered Turkish television as Kösem Sultan in the historical series “Muhtesem Yüzyil: Kösem.”

It all started in May 2003 when a model agency discovered little Anastasia and put her on her first television ad. In July she became a model for children’s clothes. She became very popular as a child model as she stood out for her professionalism and discipline. At the same time she was studying foreign languages and ballet.

At 8 years old, she played in the TV series “For the Heart of an Angel.” The show ran for two seasons and the blue-eyed girl became a bona fide TV actress. Two years later, while in sixth grade, she plays Helen Keller in the “The Miracle of Annie Sullivan” play.

Her next television role was much bigger in the adaptation of the best selling novel “The Island.” According to critics, this is where her acting talent truly shone. Her melancholy gaze and rendering of the fate-stricken girl opened the pathway for an international career.

Her big breakthrough came at the age of 17 when Turkish production company TIMS chose her to play Kösem Sultan in the “Muhtesem Yüzyil: Kösem” series instead of dozens of Turkish actresses who had applied for the role.

Having just turned 18, Anastasia Tsilimpiou is already considered a television star in Turkey.


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