Rodrigo de la Serna

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Rodrigo de la Serna
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De la Serna in 2017
Lionel Rodrigo de la Serna

(1976-04-18) 18 April 1976 (age 46)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Years active1995–present

Lionel Rodrigo de la Serna (Spanish: [roˈðɾiɣo ðe la ˈseɾna]; born 18 April 1976) is an Argentine actor. He is known for playing Alberto Granado in the 2004 biopic The Motorcycle Diaries and Palermo in the Netflix series Money Heist. His role in Money Heist as Martín Berrote (Palermo) is widely regarded as one of the best characters in the show by the fans.[citation needed]


De la Serna started his career in several smaller productions like Same Love, Same Rain and Nuts for Love.[1] In 2000, he portrayed Ricardo Riganti in the Canal 7 series Okupas, now considered an Argentine cult classic.[2]

In 2004 starred in the biopic The Motorcycle Diaries for which he won a Silver Condor award for best actor, an Independent Spirit Award for "Best Debut Performance" and earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3][4] He played the role of Alberto Granado, the travelling companion of Che Guevara during their 8-month long journey through South America.[5]

Over the years he has starred in several Argentine television series such as El Puntero, Tiempos Compulsivos, Sol Negro and Contra las cuerdas, for which he was nominated and received several Martín Fierro Awards, an Argentine radio and television award.[6][7][8]

In recent years he played a leading role in the historical film Revolución: El Cruce de los Andes focusing on José de San Martin and the Crossing of the Andes, Chiamatemi Francesco (Call Me Francis), an Italian biographical film about Pope Francis, and the 2018 Netflix comedy film Yucatán.[9][10][11] He also starred in Camino a la paz (Path to Peace) and Cien años de perdón, which were both released internationally and de la Serna receiving a nomination for Best New Actor at the 31st Goya Awards for Cien años de perdón.[12]

In 2019 he gained prominence by joining the cast of the successful Spanish television show Money Heist for its third part as the character Palermo.[13] He resumed his role in part 4 which was released on Netflix in April 2020.[14]

De la Serna also starred in a few theatre productions in Argentina including Lluvia Constante for which he won a Premio Florencio and most recently El Farmer in the Teatro La Comedia in Buenos Aires in 2019.[15][16][17]

He is part of the music group El Yotivenco, which formed in 2005.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

De la Serna dated actress Érica Rivas from 1999 to 2010, whom he had one child.[20] From 2016 to 2021, he dated journalist Ludmila Romero, with whom he had two children.[21]


Year[22] Title[23] Role
1995–1996 Cybersix
1997–1998 Son o se hacen
1999 Campeones de la vida
Same Love, Same Rain
2000 Nuts for Love
2001 Gallito Ciego
2002 Sol negro
2004 The Motorcycle Diaries
2005 Botines
2006 Hermanos y detectives
2009 El Torcán
2010 Lo que el tiempo nos dejó
San Martín: El Cruce de los Andes
2010–2011 Contra las cuerdas
2011 Mía
El puntero
2012–2013 Tiempos compulsivos
2015 Camino a la paz
Chiamatemi Francesco
2016 Cien años de perdón
The Intouchables
2018 El lobista Matías Franco
Yucatán Clayderman
2019–2021 Money Heist


  1. ^ Nueces para el amor (2000) - Ficha técnica, Sinopsis, Imágenes, Trailer, Actores, Cast |, retrieved 5 April 2020
  2. ^ "Okupas, la serie argentina es revelación en Netflix: el secreto de su vigencia 21 años después". El Cronista (in Spanish). 27 July 2021. Retrieved 3 December 2022.
  3. ^ "History". Film Independent. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  4. ^ "2005 Film Actor in a Supporting Role | BAFTA Awards". Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Motorcycle Diaries Movie | Official Website | Buy Now | Focus Features". Motorcycle Diaries Movie | Official Website | Buy Now | Focus Features. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Compulsive Times - Polka". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  7. ^ "The Social Leader - Polka". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Rodrigo de la Serna representante: JORGE GALLI". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Revolución, el cruce de los Andes". (in Spanish). 7 April 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Call Me Francesco, the story behind the People's Pope". Cineuropa - the best of european cinema. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Reviews: 'Yucatán' sets sail on Netflix; Alex Reid powers 'The Bellwether' and more". Los Angeles Times. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Películas » Premios Goya 2020". Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  13. ^ Watson, Fay (20 July 2019). "Money Heist season 3: Who is Rodrigo de la Serna? Who plays Palermo in La Casa de Papel?". Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Meet the cast of Money Heist season 4 on Netflix". Radio Times. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Rodrigo de la Serna - Garay Talent - Representante de actores y directores". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Lluvia constante". (in Spanish). 18 June 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  17. ^ de 2019, Por Pompeyo Audivert 11 de octubre. ""El Farmer" o el comienzo del mito de Juan Manuel de Rosas". Infobae (in European Spanish). Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  18. ^ "Meet Rodrigo de la Serna - BAFTA Award Winning Argentine Actor". 24 December 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  19. ^ "CCK". Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  20. ^ Rodrigo de la Serna recordó su dolorosa separación de Érica Rivas, Clarín.
  21. ^ Rodrigo de la Serna se separó de su pareja Ludmila Romero, La Voz.
  22. ^ "Rodrigo de la Serna representante: JORGE GALLI". Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  23. ^ "Rodrigo de la Serna - Garay Talent - Representante de actores y directores". Retrieved 5 April 2020.

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