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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 Festival.

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 Chanel commercial.


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