Asli Bayram is a German actor with Turkish roots. She was born and raised in Darmstadt, Germany. Bayram completed actor’s training with prestigious coaches and studios including Eric Morris in Los Angeles, James Hallett in New York and Anne Mertin in Vienna.
The first international film she acted in was Jump with Patrick Swayze. She appeared in a prominent role in the black comedy Shortcut to Hollywood, shot in the US and presented at the Berlinale Film Festival 2009.
In October 2007, Bayram debuted on the stage with great success in the solo theatre performance Anne Frank: The Diary at the Théatre de la Ville D’Esch in Luxembourg. The play received an invitation to the theatre festival of German language in Prague and had its German premiere in Frankfurt am Main. Buddy Elias, Anne Frank’s cousin, praised Bayram’s performance. From 2008 to 2009 Bayram toured with the English version in Canada and the USA. On the commemoration of Anne Frank’s 80th birthday, Bayram concluded the play with three performances at the Museum of Tolerance in LA.
THE TIMES commended her performance in Anne Frank: The Diary, calling her “one of Germany’s most convincing and subtle actresses”.
In 2009, Bayram starred in the films 180° – When Your World Turns Upside Down, shot in Switzerland, and Sevdah for Karim, shot in Bosnia & Herzegovina. For both roles there was no language voiceover necessary, as Bayram acted in the national languages of Swiss German and Bosnian. Both films screened at major international film festivals, including Zurich, Sarajevo, Pécs, Antalya, Goteborg, Rotterdam, Marrakech, Seattle, Locarno, London, and Berlin.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER wrote her performance in the film 180° was a “heartbreaking portrait of a young woman.”
In September 2010, Bayram’s book Grenzgängerin. Leben zwischen den Welten (Border Crosser), published at Random House, achieved robust sales and a Guinness World Record for the highest number of people participating in a worldwide public reading relay.
In early 2011, Bayram played the lead in Sirat, a popular Turkish TV serial. In July 2011, she performed the lead role in the international thriller Body Complete, acting in both English and German alongside a veteran cast of Hollywood and Broadway actors. The film was shot in Sarajevo and its surrounding regions, and Vienna. Body Complete was screened at 14 festivals and won 7 awards. Bayram won two Best Actress awards, at the New York International Riverlight Film Festival 2012 and the American International Film Festival 2012.
In August 2011, Bayram starred in the feature film Shanghai Gypsy, a love story filmed in Italy and Slovenia. In the principle role, Bayram further exhibited her linguistic dexterity, performing in Italian and the Gypsy dialect of Romani. Recently, she co-starred in the German ARD-TV film Die Wüstenärztin (The- Dessert Doctor), shot on location in Namibia, Doha and Vienna. For this role she learned the essential parts of her text in Arabic. In 2013 she appeared in David Frankel’s comedy film One Chance, alongside James Corden and Julie Walters, shot predominately in Venice and the UK.
In 2016 Asli most worked on TOMMIES – BBC Radio 4 a radio play created by Jonathan Ruffle and directed by Jonquil Panting.
Most recently in June 2017 Asli starred in a feature film Justice in Berlin.
In addition, she is very active in her role as an ambassador for crime and racial prevention by the justice ministry in Hessia, Germany.