Can Yaman is a Turkish actor, model, and lawyer. He gained immense popularity for playing the role of Can Divit in the Turkish TV series ‘Erkenci Kuş’ in 2018.
Can Yaman was born on Wednesday, 8 November 1989 (age 32 years; as of 2021) in Suadiye, Istanbul in Turkey. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.
He did his schooling at Bilfen Schools, İstanbul, Turkey and continued his schooling at Liceo Italiano IMI, Istanbul, Turkey. From 2003 to 2008, he attended Özel İtalyan Lisesi, a school in Istanbul, Turkey. He did his graduation in law from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey, from 2008 to 2012 on scholarship. In the student exchange program, he studied in America during his graduation.
He moved from Turkey to Italy in January 2021.
Height (approx.): 6′
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Body Measurements (approx.): 44-36-16
He was born to an Albanian family. In an interview, while talking about his descent. He said,
On the part of my father I am of Albanian descent from Prishtina. My grandfather grew up in Pristina, my grandmother in Skopje. In 1959 we came to Istanbul. Father’s relatives speak Albanian. Distant cousins. Because I did not meet them I do not know them. Relatives like the father of my father, grandmother’s brothers. They speak Albanian. My grandfather and my grandmother also speak Albanian. Even, there are cases that speak Albanian. But I grew older by the mother. And there we did not speak Albanian, we speak only Turkish. That’s why I do not know Albanian. Neither does my dad know, my uncle knows. He was born in Pristina. There are 5 brothers, after him others were born in Turkey. I went to Albania, Tirana and stayed almost a month there. In Albania everyone knew Italian and I spoke Italian.”
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Güven Yaman, and his mother’s name is Güldam Can. When Can was 5 years old, his parents got separated. His uncle, Fuat Yaman, is a football coach in Turkey. He is the only child of his parents.
In 2015, while he was shooting for the Turkish TV series ‘İnadına Aşk,’ he started dating his co-actor in the series Açelya Topaloğlu. Within a short span, the duo broke up.
Later, he was in a short term relationship with the Turkish actress Bestemsu Özdemir.
In 2017, he started dating the Turkish fashion editor & stylist Rabia Yaman. However, the relationship did not last long, and the couple parted ways.
He was in a relationship with his co-actress Demet Özdemir in 2018. They both met for the first time on the sets of the Turkish TV series ‘Day Dreamer’ (Erkenci Kuş) in 2018. Later, the Italian celebrity expert Alessandro Rosica shared an Instagram post talking about Can and Demet’s relationship. He wrote,
Can and Demet were not just friends as they had been declaring to the press for years, but a real couple and with a fairly important relationship. In fact, the two actors themselves had declared to the press that they have a feeling that they had never found with other actors, so as to achieve an expression in acting so natural as to act off the cuff and following fewer scripts.”
Problems arise after the series, managers for professional reasons advise Can and Demet not to go public as a couple. So, they secretly live their love with its ups and downs for about two years, until Can decided to pursue his film career. In Italy, and perhaps as a drop that has overflowed a vast number of people caused by clandestinity, by the unregulated lifestyle of Yaman between clubs and worldliness not well received by Demet’s family and by Turkey itself with its own ethical-religious mental closures.”
Reportedly, the couple got separated in late 2020.
In 2020, he started dating the Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta, but the relationship did not last long, and within a few months, the couple broke up. According to the Spanish newspaper El Norte de Castilla,
Diletta Leotta had been overwhelmed by the insistence of Yaman on getting married and throwing a wedding. In fact, the Turk asked the Italian to marry him just a couple of months after they met, but she preferred to be cautious, as Bekia collects. It has been Leotta herself who has broken the silence and has revealed some other details about that surprising breakup. And she has done it with the presenter Silvia Toffanin.”
Maria Giovanna Adamo
As of 2022, Can is dating Neapolitan model Maria Giovanna Adamo. Reportedly, the duo met on the sets of the Turkish series ‘Viola Come Il Mare.’ According to a Turkish magazine,
It was Can’s father who has put the Italian media on the trail of the new romance. For the actor’s birthday, his father published a video on his social networks with photographs of his son with different people. Among them was Maria Giovanna, the model who has conquered the Turkish heartthrob.”
In July 2011, he started working as an intern (Stajyer in Turkish) with the Turkish lawyer Somay Hukuk Burosu in Istanbul, Turkey. In February 2014, he joined the Turkish attorney PricewaterhouseCoopers, Turkey. He then worked as a lawyer at Istanbul Bar Association, Turkey. He has also worked in mergers and acquisitions firm and wrote articles for the tax section of the newspaper ‘Dunya.’ After working in the corporate law sector for a few years, he realised that he was not meant to work in the corporate sector. In an interview with a magazine, while talking about the same. He said,
I felt like having an open view but sitting in an office and wearing a suit bothered me a lot. When they gave me an annual leave, I left without coming back. It was on TV that my colleagues saw me next.”
He has a law office in partnership along with his two friends in Kartal, Turkey.
While he was on a summer trip, he met the Turkish acting managers Cuneyt Sayil and Ilker Bilgi. They offered Can a role in a Turkish series, and in 2014, Can debuted as a supporting actor in the Turkish TV series ‘Gönül İşleri’ in which he played the role of Bedir.
He then played the lead role of Yalın Aras in the Turkish TV series ‘İnadına Aşk’ (2015).
He was then roped in the Turkish TV series ‘Hangimiz Sevmedik’ (2016) and ‘Dolunay’ (2017).
He gained immense popularity with his role as Can Divit in the Turkish TV series ‘Erkenci Kuş’ in 2018. Later, the series was dubbed in various languages like Hindi, English, and Tamil. It is considered one of the best Turkish TV series to be dubbed in different languages.
Apart from working as a lawyer and actor, he has also appeared in a few modelling projects. He is a philanthropist too and has been associated with a charity campaign ‘Can Yaman For Children.’ In an interview, while talking about an NGO for children, he said,
Then there is the non-profit association that I created to help less fortunate children. I care about children, I want to help the little ones who are in poor conditions. Childhood, adolescence was fundamental periods for my growth.”
Insulting the Co-Star
In 2016, while he was shooting for the Turkish TV series ‘Hangimiz Sevmedik’ he threw a teacup at his co-actor Selen Soyder and insulted her. A case was filed against both the actors, and after hearing the witnesses and checking the camera footage, Can was found to be guilty. He was then fined a judicial fine of 7 thousand 830 Turkish lira by the local police.
Controversial Remark on Demet Özdemir
In 2020, he made a controversial remark for his co-star Demet Özdemir. In an interview, he said,
I have sex a lot, so I am not pent to talk about it constantly. I cannot hide my feelings towards Özdemir, I am obsessed with the idea of making love to her and is not ashamed of talking about it. Other fellow actors are upset because I am telling the truth. If I had told what was happening behind the scenes of their series, I would have exposed them, but I do not interfere in the affairs of others.”
I did not insult Demet. I contacted her and explained my intention and she understood. The intimate desire does not mean sex itself, but rather a series of beautiful feelings in which any one is attracted to the other, something less than love and greater than friendship.”
- 2018: Golden Butterfly for Best Romantic Comedy Actor (Erkenci Kuş)
- 2019: Golden Star for Best TV Series Actor (Erkenci Kuş)
- 2019: Murex d’Or for Best Foreign Actor (Erkenci Kuş)
- 2019: E!News TV for Top Leading Man (Erkenci Kuş)
- 2021: Filming Italy Best Movie Award for TV Personality of the Year
- Beverage: Coffee
- TV Series: Friends (1994), Prison Break (2005), How I Met Your Mother (2005), Californication (2007)
- Singer(s): Claudio Baglioni, Vasco Rossi, Eros Ramazzotti, Renato Zero
- Actor(s): Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Mel Gibson
- Athlete(s): Michael Jordan, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Joshua
- Can Yaman has done a certificate course in bartending from MSA, Turkey.
- In his childhood, he faced various financial difficulties. During an interview, while talking about it, he said,
There was a dark time in my life when my father’s work started to go bad, very bad, and we didn’t even have the money to pay school fees. But if you live in the present, and you engage in what you do, you have no time for fear. Roll up your sleeves, follow your instincts and score: that was my secret. Thanks to a special friend, a genius who did not talk to anyone except me, an Albanian boy with whom I liked to do everything, I began to win one scholarship after another, until I became a lawyer, then an actor.”
- He started his career as a lawyer, and later, shifted to acting. In an interview, while sharing his parents’ reaction to changing his career. He said,
Once my mother was in shock. I’ve been a versatile person since high school. I took the Renaissance men as an example. I would go dancing, go boxing, take guitar lessons, learn foreign languages. I’m a little greedy. While she may like it, my mother is a little panicked. “Son, have you changed your mind again?” He would say it every time, but he is proud to see that I am successful. My dad is cooler. “Do whatever you want to do. I have no doubt that he can succeed,” she says. I had no doubts as to whether I would succeed or not. I was just wondering if I would like the life this job has brought me. I decided to enter this business as soon as I felt that I had grown myself well, that I would not deteriorate, that I would not degenerate.”
- He loves to play basketball, horse riding, and boxing.
- Can is a fitness freak and regularly works out in the gym.
- During an interview, while talking about politics, he shared that he was a Kemalist. He said,
I have an opinion on everything, but I don’t like to talk politics. I am a Kemalist, I have certain principles and value judgments. I am a humanist, I believe in being a good person.”
- He has been featured on the cover page of various magazines like Hello! magazine, GQ, Men’s Health, and Istanbul Life.
- He did his training in acting under the Turkish actor Cüneyt Sayıl.
- Can is an avid animal lover and has shared a few pictures with dogs on his social media accounts.
- In 2020, he was selected as the face of the video game “Pasha Fencer.”
- He published his autobiography titled ‘Can Yaman- Sembra strano anche a me’ in 2021. During an interview, while talking about his autobiography, he said,
It seems strange to me too, just like the title (laughs). In the book, I tell everything that happened to me before I became an actor. My parents, my childhood, what I experienced, and what led me to become the person I am now.”
- A few more books have been published on Can including ‘Can Yaman, I love you forever. La vera storia’ (2020) and ‘Ah, Can, Ah!: Letters to Can Yaman’ (2021).
- In an interview, he was asked how he felt to be considered as one of the sexiest men in Turkey. He replied,
I don’t wake up in the morning saying “How handsome am I”. This is how God created it, and we have to make peace with it. If people suddenly started looking at me after I became famous, I could say, “Oh, what have I become?” But there is also before that.”
- He is fluent in various languages such as Turkish, Laz, Italian, English, and German.
- During an interview, while talking about his past affairs, he was asked if he was flirtatious. He said,
I’ve never had an attitude of looking at someone and talking to them. When I enter an environment, I hand the lighter without even looking at the faces of those who want fire, so that women do not think I am looking at them or misunderstand them. However, one day a girl came to the venue and said, “Why are you turning your back on all of us? We like it more.”
- In 2020, he trained in compulsory military service in Izmir, Turkey and served 21 days on duty.
- He was appointed as the brand ambassador of Turkish clothing brand TUDORS in 2020 for which he received 3 million Turkish Lira.
- On 17 July 2021, he launched a unisex perfume ‘Can Yaman Mania.’ On the launch day, while talking about the perfume, Can said,
The perfume, represents me. It contains notes that tell about me because they are the ones I love: strawberry, cocoa, tobacco, whiskey. Perfume is something that brings people closer, if a woman wears it, it’s like I’m there with her.”
- He loves to cook food. In an interview, while talking about it, he said,
I know how to prepare traditional Turkish dishes, but the thing my father passed on to me is to use creativity. I open the refrigerator and with what is there I can create delicious recipes.”
- During an interview, he shared his morning routine. He said,
After waking up for about an hour I have to be quiet, I don’t talk to anyone and I eat breakfast my way which is full of sweet and savory washed down with gallons of coffee. I hate eating breakfast outside the home.”
- Can is often spotted smoking and drinking alcohol at parties and events.