NurgÃ¼l YeÅ?ilÃ§ay was born in Afyon, Turkey in 1976. She studied drama at the State Conservatoire of Anadolu University in EskiÅ?ehir. Since her graduation, she has performed several major roles for the stage, including Ophelia in Hamlet and Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Theatre aside, she shot to prominence as the lead in, among others, three record-breaking Turkish television dramas. She made her screen debut in 2001 in Semir ArslanyÃ¼rek's feature Å?ellale, (The Waterfall).