Santiago Cabrera

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Santiago Cabrera
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Cabrera at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1978-05-05) 5 May 1978 (age 45)
NationalityChilean/United Kingdom
EducationDrama Centre London (BA)
Years active2003–present
SpouseAnna Marcea

Santiago Cabrera (Spanish pronunciation: [sanˈtjaɣo kaˈβɾeɾa]; born 5 May 1978) is a Chilean-British actor who has worked mainly in the UK and United States. Cabrera is best known for his roles as the character Isaac Mendez in the television series Heroes, Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin, and Aramis in the BBC series The Musketeers. He was also the lead in the TV show Salvation as Darius Tanz, and played Captain Cristóbal "Cris" Rios in Star Trek: Picard.

Early life[edit]

Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where his father, a Chilean diplomat, was stationed at the time. He is the middle child of three.[1] Moving along with his father's career, Santiago grew up mainly in England, but also in Romania, Toronto and Madrid.[2] His family returned to Chile when he was fifteen years old. He was captain of his football team in high school,[1] and only tried acting when his teachers encouraged him.[3] During his three years of training at the Drama Centre London from 2000 to 2003,[1] Cabrera starred 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.[citation needed]


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 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 first in Empire, as Octavius. He appeared 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 and Aramis in The Musketeers.[4]

In addition to his fluency in Spanish, English, French and Italian, Cabrera is skilled in tennis, hockey and scuba diving.[citation needed] On 20 January 2007 episode of the NBC Universal late-night programme 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 London club Queens Park Rangers F.C., for which he was a mascot as a child.[5] Although he considers Santiago his hometown, he splits his time between London and Los Angeles.[6]

In 2007, Cabrera was cast as Aquaman in the unmade George Miller film Justice League: Mortal.

On 7 September 2008, Cabrera participated in Soccer Aid, a British charity football match in support of UNICEF. He later repeated this venture in 2014, playing once again for the Rest of the World.[7] In November 2008 he played for the Hollywood United team in a special charity match raising money for people affected by the devastation of Hurricane Ike.[8]

Santiago has also played the role of Darius Tanz in the CBS/Netflix show Salvation.[9]

On 4 March 2019, CBS announced Cabrera was cast in Star Trek: Picard, starring Patrick Stewart, which started shooting in April 2019. He played the supporting role of Captain Cristobal Rios in the limited series. Cabrera appeared in Disney's Godmothered in 2020.[10]

On 9 September 2021, Cabrera announced he would return to Star Trek: Picard for the series' second season with a trailer posted to his Instagram.[11] On 5 May 2022, Cabrera promoted the final episode of the second season of Picard on his Instagram. It was his last appearance on the series.

Personal life[edit]

Cabrera in March 2008

Cabrera is married to Anna Marcea, a theatre director. Their son was born in April 2016.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Haven Gene
2006 Love and Other Disasters Paolo Sarmiento
2008 Che Camilo Cienfuegos
2010 The Life of Fish Andres
2012 For Greater Glory Father Vega
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Santos
2017 What Happened to Monday Infomercial processor
2019 Ema Aníbal
2020 Godmothered Hugh


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Spooks Camilo Henriquez 2 episodes
2003 Judge John Deed Carlos Fedor Episode: "Conspiracy"
2005 Empire Octavius Miniseries (main role)
2006, 2007, 2009 Heroes Isaac Mendez Main role (season 1); guest star (season 4)
2008 Heroes Unmasked Narrator Series 3
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"
2011 Covert Affairs Zavier Extarte Episode: "The Wake-Up Bomb"
2011 Alcatraz[13] Jimmy Dickens Episode: "Pilot"
2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn Robert Capa Television film
2012 Dexter Sal Price 2 episodes
2012 Falcón Judge Esteban Calderón 2 episodes
2012–2013 Anna Karenina Vronsky Miniseries
2014–2016 The Musketeers Aramis Main role
2015 Patagonia: Earth's Secret Paradise Narrator
2016 The Mindy Project Diego Episode: "Under the Texan Sun"[14]
2017, 2019 Big Little Lies Joseph Bachman[15] 8 episodes
2017–2018 Salvation Darius Tanz Main role
2020–2022 Star Trek: Picard Cristóbal "Chris" Rios / Emil / Enoch / Emmet / Iain / Mister Hospitality Main role
2020 The Ready Room Himself Episode: "Episode 17"
2022 The Flight Attendant Marco Recurring role (season 2)

Video game[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2004 TOCA Race Driver 2 Cesar Maques


Year Title Role Notes
2005 ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew Lucentio



  • 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


  1. ^ a b c "Santiago Cabrera". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Santiago Cabrera: Vagabond life has shaped actor's style". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Empire's: Santiago Cabrera". People. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Merlin's Secrets Revealed". BBC. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2008. and played Aramis in the BBC series The Musketeers for three seasons.
  5. ^ Heroes star and QPR fan Santiago Cabrera on YouTube
  6. ^ "Santiago Cabrera". IMDb.
  7. ^ Newman, Stuart. "Soccer Aid 2014: Lineups, Celebrities, Date, Time, Live Stream and TV Info". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Hollywood United v Champions United – Saturday". The Original Winger. 20 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  9. ^ Cohn, Paulette. "Santiago Cabrera: Is it the End of the World in the New CBS Series Salvation?". Parade. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Santiago Cabrera on Instagram: "To heal our future we have to repair the past. Season 2 #startrekpicard coming February 2022. @paramountplus"".
  12. ^ "Sabado Interview Chilean Newspaper January 21, 2017". Santiago Cabrera. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Santiago Cabrera Enters Abrams' Alcatraz". BSCreview. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Santiago Cabrera guest-stars on The Mindy Project – Santiago Cabrera".
  15. ^ "Santiago Cabrera New Role in HBO Series 'Big Little Lies' – Santiago Cabrera".

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