Santiago Cabrera

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Santiago Cabrera
Santiago Cabrera by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Santiago Cabrera in March 2008
Born(1978-05-05) 5 May 1978 (age 35)
Caracas, Venezuela
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present
 
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Santiago Cabrera
Santiago Cabrera by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Santiago Cabrera in March 2008
Born(1978-05-05) 5 May 1978 (age 35)
Caracas, Venezuela
OccupationActor
Years active2003–present

Santiago Cabrera (born 5 May 1978) is a Venezuelan-born Chilean British actor, most known for his role as the character Isaac Mendez in the television series Heroes and as Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin. He was brought up in several countries including England, and he currently resides in London.

Early life[edit]

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, A Field, Three Birds Alighting On, 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 plays Lancelot in the BBC drama series Merlin.[1]

In addition to his fluency in Spanish, English, French and Italian, Cabrera is skilled in tennis, hockey and scuba diving. On the January 20, 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 favorite team. Although he considers Santiago, Chile, his hometown, he splits his time between London and Los Angeles.[2]

On 7 September 2008, Cabrera participated in Soccer Aid, a British charity football match in support of UNICEF. He is a fan of Queens Park Rangers.

Cabrera is married to Anna Marcea, a theatre director.

Filmography[edit]

Films, television and video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2003SpooksCamilo HenriquezSeries 2 episode 9
2003Judge John DeedCarlos FedorSeries 3 episode 3 "Conspiracy"
2004HavenGeneFeature film
2004TOCA Race Driver 2Cesar MaquesVideo game (voice role)
2005EmpireOctaviusMini-series (main role)
2005ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the ShrewLucentio
2006Love and Other DisastersPaolo SarmientoFeature Film
2006–
2007, 2009
HeroesIsaac MendezMain cast in season 1
Season 4 episode 8 "Once Upon a Time in Texas"
2008Heroes UnmaskedNarratorSeries 3
2008CheCamilo CienfuegosFeature film
2008–2011MerlinLancelotSeries 1 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"
2010La vida de los pecesAndresFeature film
2011Covert AffairsXavierSeason 2 episode 11 The Wake-Up Bomb
2011Alcatraz [3]Jimmy
2012For Greater GloryFather VegaFeature Film
2012Hemingway & GellhornRobert CapaTV-Film
2012Dexter (TV series)Sal PriceTV-series
2012FalcónJudge Esteban CalderónTV series
2012-2013Anna KareninaVronskyMini series
2014The MusketeersAramisTV series

Awards[edit]

Wins[edit]

2007, Future Classic Award, for Heroes

2011, Best Actor for La Vida de Los Peces

Nominations[edit]

2007, ALMA Award, Outstanding Actor – Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie, for Heroes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merlin's Secrets Revealed". bbc.co.uk. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1085051/
  3. ^ "Santiago Cabrera Enters Abrams’ Alcatraz". BSCreview. 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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