Serra Yilmaz was born in Istanbul in 1954. She graduated from the Psychology Department at Universite de Caen in France. She started her career at the Dostlar Theatre. She played dramas in Turkish, French or Italian. She worked with many worldwide famous directors (Atif Yilmaz, Ömer Kavur, Yesim Ustaoglu, Reha Erdem, Ferzan Özpetek ...).She earned many awards for her great performances. She also codirected Istanbul's State Theater.