German-Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli has reached international stardom through her role as the beautiful Shae in the fantasy TV drama Game of Thrones. She talks to The Local about her character and violence against women.
Kekilli, who has a regular role in the popular German crime show Tatort, never planned to become an actress. It was her discovery at a shopping mall in Cologne by a casting director, that ultimately won her the lead role in Fatih Akin's 2004 film Gegen die Wand (Head-On in English).
The film went on to win awards and was a huge international success, changing Kekilli's life forever. "After that film, my acting career began. Nothing was ever the same again," she says.