Bennu Yıldırımlar was born in İstanbul. After finishing Erenköy Girls High School, she attended Istanbul University State Conservatory Theatre Department. She studied Ancient Greek Language and Literature for two years. While studying, she joined Istanbul City Theatre. She underwent training at London Westminster Adult Education Institute on drama.
She starred in “Superdad” between 1993-1997 as the rebellious daughter Elif next to big stars such as Şevket Altuğ, Sümer Tilmaç, Jülide Kural and captured the interest and love of the viewer. She starred as Fikret in “The Fall of Leaves”, adapted from Reşat Nuri Güntekin’s novel, between 2006 and 2010. Following years she starred in many projects featuring rich casts such as Desperate Housewives, Affairs of the Heart, Altınsoy’s.
An actress of the Istanbul City Theatre since 1988, Yıldırımlar portrayed Olivia in William Shakespeare’s 12th Night, directed by Serdar Biliş, in her latest performance.
She acted in The Wild Pear Tree, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which was a contestant in the 71th Cannes Film Festival and won many international awards.
Bennu Yıldırımlar is married to Bülent Emin Yarar, an Istanbul National Theatre actor, and they have a daughter called Ada.