Famous Turkish actor Haluk Bilginer on Monday won the award for Best Performance by an Actor at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York, the first such actor from Turkey to receive this award.
Bilginer won the award for his performance in “Şahsiyet” (Persona) a Turkish crime drama series.
“I am very happy that this award went to Turkey more than to me,” the 65-year-old actor told the state-run Anadolu news agency on Monday.
“It is very pleasing that the work we do with love and admiration is appreciated by others on an international platform and crowned with an award.”
In the miniseries Bilginer plays a man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s who eventually loses all his memories.
Bilginer’s character turns the ailment into an opportunity in which he can execute guilty people without fear of suffering pangs of conscience.
“Be sure that the society we live in doesn’t experience memory loss,” Bilginer said, speaking at the ceremony.
The 12-episode series won acclaim from viewers in Turkey and abroad and is rated 9.1 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).