Selim Bayraktar is Turkish an actor, known for Vlad’s legacy (2016), Magnificent Century (2011) and Ask Sana Benzer (2015). He best known for his role as “Sümbül Ağa” in Muhteşem Yüzyıl. Selim Bayraktar is a son of a Turkish father who went to Iraq for working at an oil company and a Turkmen mother who was living in Kirkuk, Iraq. He stayed in Kirkuk, Iraq until he was 12 years old and migrated to Turkey with his family. He started to be interested in theatre while he was going to high school. He worked in Diyarbakir State Theatre and Antalya State Theatre. He became very popular with his role Sumbul Agha in a popular Turkish drama Magnificent Century (Muhtesem Yuzyil).
Bayraktar was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, in 1975, into a family of Iraqi-Turkish origin. As a child he began performing in gymnastic competitions. During the final days of the Iran-Iraq War, a body double of Sadam Hussein visited Bayraktar’s schools in order to recruit boys into the army; when Bayraktar was chosen to serve in the army his family decided to smuggle him into Turkey. He started working at the Turkish State Theatre after graduating from Hacettepe University in 2000.
Bayraktar speaks Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish.