Christian Camargo

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Christian Camargo
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Christian Camargo in 2008
Christian Minnick

(1971-07-07) July 7, 1971 (age 51)
New York City, U.S.
EducationHobart College (BA)
Juilliard School (GrDip)
OccupationActor, producer, writer, director
Years active1996–present
(m. 2008⁠–⁠2012)
RelativesRalph Camargo (grandfather)

Christian Camargo ( Minnick; born July 7, 1971) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Brian Moser in the Showtime drama Dexter, Michael Corrigan in the Netflix drama House of Cards and Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2.

Early years[edit]

Camargo was born Christian Minnick in New York City, the son of actress Victoria Wyndham and Wendell Minnick.[1]

He is the grandson of actor Ralph Camargo. He is a 1992 graduate of Hobart College.[2] He was the program director of WEOS, the college's public radio station.

Camargo is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a member of the Drama Division's Group 25 (1992–96).[3] He went on to perform in the 1996 Broadway production of David Hare's Skylight[4] with Michael Gambon (Theater World Award). From there, Camargo went to England to join the inaugural company of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the Southbank, where he met his future wife, English actress Juliet Rylance.[citation needed]

Name change[edit]

Camargo's grandfather, Ralph Camargo, was a Mexican-American actor who talked his daughters into changing their names to something Anglicized because he felt he had lost roles due to being Latino.[5] Camargo decided to change his name from his father's family name of Minnick to his maternal grandfather's surname of Camargo because of pride in his Mexican-American heritage and a desire to bring back a name that he felt was connected to his profession.[4]


In 2006, Camargo played Brian Moser, a.k.a. Rudy Cooper, in Season 1 of Dexter.

Camargo's New York theater work includes the Public Theater's Kit Marlowe, Steve Martin's Underpants at Classic Stage Company, and the title role of Theater For A New Audience's Coriolanus. In 2008, Camargo played opposite Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Katie Holmes in Arthur Miller's All My Sons on Broadway. In early 2009, he played the title role in the Theatre for a New Audience's production of Hamlet.[6] He won an Obie and Drama League nomination for his performance. The show ran until April 12, 2009.

Camargo portrayed Orlando in The Bridge Project's presentation of Shakespeare's As You Like It in Brooklyn, New York. In February 2010, he played Ariel in the company's rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both plays were directed by British director Sam Mendes. On September 30, 2010, he was cast as Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2.[7]

Camargo wrote and directed Days and Nights, a modern retelling of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, produced by his wife, actress Juliet Rylance, together with Barbara Romer, founder of the New Globe Theater. The film was scheduled for a 2014 release.[8] He portrayed Mercutio in the 2013 Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux and starring Orlando Bloom as Romeo and Condola Rashād as Juliet. He guest starred as Wade Crocker on the third season of Syfy's Haven.[8]

Camargo portrayed the title character of the Theatre for a New Audience off-Broadway production of Pericles, directed by Trevor Nunn, from February to April 2016. In May of that year he guest starred as Dracula on the third season of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.

In March and April 2017, Camargo portrayed a mid-career Robert Evans in Simon McBurney's stage adaptation of The Kid Stays in the Picture, staged in London's Royal Court Theatre.

He also appeared as Tamacti Jun in the American TV show See in November 2019.

Personal life[edit]

In November 2008, Camargo married British actress Juliet Rylance.[9] They divorced in 2012. He has a son born in November 2019 with model and designer Sylvia van der Klooster.[10]



  1. ^ Hirsch, Linda (August 15, 1992). "World's Elegant Rachel Prefers Privacy". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  2. ^ "Camargo '92 and Wife in N.Y. Times". Hobart and William Smith Colleges. January 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. March 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ a b Monell, Raymundo (January 15, 2008). "Christian Camargo comes full circle". New York Daily News.
  5. ^ Ayala, Elaine. "Latino actor Christian Camargo playing Hamlet on Broadway"; accessed September 26, 2014.
  6. ^ Isherwood, Charles (March 30, 2009). "Theater Review: 'Hamlet'". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "It's Official: The Denali Coven Has Been Cast!", Summit Entertainment website; accessed September 26, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Christian Camargo at IMDb
  9. ^ Gurewitsch, Matthew (January 5, 2010). "A Threesome: Husband, Wife, Shakespeare". The New York Times.
  10. ^ Camargo, Christian (@therealcamargo) (19 November 2019). "Birth Announcement of Elan Jacobus Camargo". Instagram.

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