Santiago Cabrera in March 2008
5 May 1978 |
Santiago Cabrera (born 5 May 1978) is a Venezuelan-born Chilean actor, most known for his roles as the character Isaac Mendez in the television series Heroes and as Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin. He currently stars as Aramis in the BBC series The Musketeers.
The middle child of a Chilean diplomat father and mother, Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela. Santiago grew up mainly in England, but also Romania, Toronto and Madrid. His family returned to Chile when he was fifteen years old and as a captain of the football team in high school, Cabrera focused on athletics before switching gears; he headed towards acting when his high school drama teacher encouraged him to try it. During his three years of training at the Drama Centre London, Cabrera honed his acting skills in productions of The Madras House, A Month in the Country, Napoli Milionaria, Britannicus, The Dutch Courtesan, The Strangeness of Others, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, and played the title character in The Last Days of Don Juan.
Concurrent with his final year at the Centre, he made his television debut with small roles in the British television series Battlefield Britain, Judge John Deed, Spooks and As If. His first role after graduating from drama school was Montano in Shakespeare's Othello, at the Northampton Theatre Royal. He has also starred in the 2006 film Love and Other Disasters as the Argentinian Paolo Sarmiento, alongside Brittany Murphy and Matthew Rhys.
He has appeared on American television in Empire (where he portrays Octavius, Julius Caesar's teenage nephew, whom Caesar named as his successor before his death). Most notably, he is known for his role as Isaac Mendez in the NBC series Heroes. Once the character's arc ended, he narrated some episodes of the BBC's spin-off documentary series Heroes Unmasked. He also played Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin.
In addition to his fluency in Spanish, English, French and Italian, Cabrera is skilled in tennis, hockey and scuba diving. On 20 January 2007 episode of the NBC late-night program Vivo Mun2, Cabrera discussed his semi-professional football career in London before he fully committed to acting. He also stated that C.D. Universidad Católica of Santiago is his favourite team however he remains a fan of Queens Park Rangers F.C. and was a mascot for the club as a child. Although he considers Santiago, Chile, his hometown, he splits his time between London and Los Angeles.
Cabrera is married to Anna Marcea, a theatre director. Their son was born in April 2016.
|2003||Spooks||Camilo Henriquez||Series 2, episode 9|
|2003||Judge John Deed||Carlos Fedor||Series 3, episode 3: "Conspiracy"|
|2004||TOCA Race Driver 2||Cesar Maques||Video game (voice role)|
|2005||Empire||Octavius||Miniseries (main role)|
|2005||ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew||Lucentio|
|2006||Love and Other Disasters||Paolo Sarmiento||Feature film|
|Heroes||Isaac Mendez||Main cast in season 1
Season 4, episode 8: "Once Upon a Time in Texas"
|2008||Heroes Unmasked||Narrator||Series 3|
|2008||Che||Camilo Cienfuegos||Feature film|
|2008–2011||Merlin||Lancelot||Series 1 (2008), episode 5: "Lancelot"
Series 2 (2009), episode 4: "Lancelot and Guinevere"
Series 3 (2010), episode 13: "The Coming of Arthur (Part 2)"
Series 4 (2011), episode 1 "The Darkest Hour – Part 1", episode 2: "The Darkest Hour – Part 2", episode 9: "Lancelot Du Lac"
|2010||La vida de los peces||Andres||Feature film|
|2011||Covert Affairs||Xavier||Season 2, episode 11: The Wake-Up Bomb|
|2012||For Greater Glory||Father Vega||Feature film|
|2012||Hemingway & Gellhorn||Robert Capa||TV film|
|2012||Dexter||Sal Price||TV series|
|2012||Falcón||Judge Esteban Calderón||TV series|
|2014 – present||The Musketeers||Aramis||TV series|
|2015||Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise||Narrator||TV series|
|2016||The Mindy Project||Diego||TV series; Season 4, Episode 21: "Under the Texan Sun"|
|2017||Big Little Lies||Joseph||TV HBO Limited Series starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and others|
|2017||Transformers: The Last Knight||Character name not announced||Feature film: Paramount Pictures director Michael Bay, starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and others|
- 2007, Future Classic Award, for Heroes
- 2011, Best Actor for La Vida de Los Peces
- 2007, ALMA Award, Outstanding Actor – Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, for Heroes
- "Merlin's Secrets Revealed". bbc.co.uk. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008.
- on YouTube
- "Santiago Cabrera Enters Abrams' Alcatraz". BSCreview. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
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