Duru Yücel Țofei was born on July 16th, 1986, in Izmir, Turkey. Being a very expressive child with a playful existence, she used to sing in front of the entire class in primary school and stage impressions of all of her teachers during secondary school. She studied theatre at Bornova’s City Theater for a year when she was 10, which at the end of the year led to her playing two different characters in a play written by Şıhali Yalçıner. From that moment on, she came to know very clearly that she wanted to be an actress.
Having inherited her mother’s talent in languages, Duru also developed a similar interest and chose to study English-Turkish Interpretation and Translation in college. But her biggest passion never stopped haunting her, and following the university years, in order to have an acting training and bigger opportunities, she moved from Izmir to Istanbul and enrolled at The Studio Players, where she received three years of acting and art education under Şahika Tekand and Esat Tekand. In 2014, Duru performed multiple times in the play named Becoming A Rhinoceros 2.014 with The Studio Players. During 2012-2017, she also acted in various TV series, commercials, and a short movie which traveled to Cannes.
Duru Yücel Țofei has been married to filmmaker and actor Adrian Țofei since January 22nd, 2017. Together they wrote the screenplay for the upcoming feature film Good Girl (produced by 30West, Blumhouse and Entertainment 360), and Duru is also developing the screenplay for an upcoming adaptation of Suzy Favor Hamilton‘s Fast Girl (Entertainment 360). On the acting side, she is set to sing as part of a role in Good Girl, and star in the anthology series Film Crazy, currently in development.
Duru likes especially jazz and has a demo she handed out only to her family and friends. Swimming, yoga, traveling, spending time in nature, learning about the ways of the world and the causes she might have the privilege to support, the topics of spirituality, health, science, history and architecture are among her interests.