Dilan Gwyn

Gwyn in 2017, photo by www.prphotos.com

Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden

Date of Birth: 4 June, 1994

Ethnicity: Kurdish, possibly Armenian, Circassian, Greek, and Turkish

Dilan Gwyn is a Swedish actress.

Her father is Orhan Kotan, a writer, journalist, poet, and politician. He was born in Malazgirt, Turkey, and was President of the DDKO (Organization of Revolutionary Kurdish Youth). Her mother is from the Lake Van area.

Dilan has stated that she is of Armenian, Circassian, Greek, Kurdish, and Turkish descent.

She speaks English and Turkish.

12 Responses

  1. Bahar says:

    She is only Kurdish

  2. andrew says:

    About Circassians, it’s not my personal opinion, but how they are seen by their West Asian neighbours.

  3. andrew says:

    She is fluent in English and Turkish. She has stated on Fb to “don’t understand Kurdish”.

  4. andrew says:

    Her father was Kurdish, and he was a politician too. He was the President of DDKO (Organization of Revolutionary Kurdish Youth)

    Unsure where all the other things come from, expecially Greek.

    • madman says:

      I also thought she was just Kurdish. Her mother is even from the Van Lake area, so she was likely Kurdish too. I guess she’s referring to very distant ancestors or family lore. Though it does surprise me that she would know Turkish but not Kurdish if her parents were Kurdish, most Kurds I know are keen on preserving their Kurdish identity.

      • andrew says:

        Probably because Kurdish is an un-official language in Turkey. Her parents are ethnically Kurdish but Turkish by nationality.

        I would not leave out the Circassian thing considering her atypical light features for a Kurdish person (Circassians are stereotyped as such in West Asia).

        • madman says:

          “atypical light features”? I doubt you’ve ever met a Kurdish person if that’s your image of them.

          • andrew says:

            I dont know many Kurds but I met some. I even know a Kurdish guy who looks pseudo-Pakistani. If she is fully Kurdish, it’s obvious she is within the light spectrum of Kurdish phenotypes. Don’t be ridiculous again, please. Or do you still think Sabine Singh is half Indian? Come on…

          • madman says:

            I have known some Kurds and we have a few celebrities here of Kurdish descent (like Dilan herself). While it does vary, they definitely have a lighter complexion on average. Yes, Dilan is probably paler than average, but she’s definitely not atypical. And there’s no need at all to ascribe her skin tone to Circassian ancestry, if you’re gonna call something ridiculous, it’s that. I wouldn’t say it’s ridiculous to draw conclusions from facts instead of from stereotypes and personal opinions either.

          • jackson9 says:

            Speaking of the Kurds, Cenk Uygur claims to be part Kurdish as well…

    • Pasqal says:

      Yes, ‘kurdish’. We’re aware of the significant number of Armenians who were forcibly assimilated into kurdish culture after the known events of a century ago.
      She said it herself about her Armenian origins. Accept it.

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