RODRIGO SANTORO (Xerxes) is already one of Brazil's most sought-after
young actors and is quickly building an impressive career in the U.S. He was
introduced to American audiences in 2003, first in the acclaimed Showtime movie
"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," with Helen Mirren and Anne Bancroft.
He then co-starred with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu and Demi Moore in
the summer actioner "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Later that
year, he joined the ensemble cast of the hit romantic comedy/drama "Love
Actually," in which Santoro played Karl, the handsome office love interest
of Laura Linney's character. On the heels of those projects, Santoro won the
Chopard Trophy as the "Male Revelation" at the 2004 Cannes Film
His upcoming films include "Out of Tune," "Not by Chance"
and "Party Crashers." On the small screen, he recently joined the cast
of ABC's hit series "Lost," playing the part of Paulo.
Santoro was previously honored in his native Brazil for his work in "Bicho
de Sete Cabecas (aka "Brainstorm"). Santoro's portrayal of a young man
forced into a mental institution by his parents brought him a number of Best
Actor Awards, including the first-ever Best Actor Award from the Brazilian
Academy of Arts and Film, and the Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, also for Best
Actor. He later earned another Cinema Brazil Grand Prize nomination for his work
in 2003's "Carandiru," which broke all Brazilian box office records at
the time of its release and was Brazil's entry for the Foreign Film category at
the Academy Awards.
Santoro's film work in Brazil also includes "Os Desafinados,"
"A Dona da Historia" and "Behind the Sun," the last of which
earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2002. In
addition, he has a broad range of television credits, encompassing miniseries,
movies and series. He has also been seen for the past several years as the
seductive mystery man romancing Nicole Kidman in the Baz Luhrmann-directed
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