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RODRIGO SANTORO (David Santiago), one of Brazil's most talented and famous young actors, was recently seen in writer and director David Mamet's martial arts film REDBELT. He is well known for his role in 300 as Xerxes, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, which broke box-office records throughout the world. For that role, Santoro was nominated for an MTV Movie Award™ for Best Villain. The actor was also seen on ABC's hit series "Lost,” on which he played Paulo.

Santoro was a member of the star-studded ensemble cast of the romantic comedy Love Actually, alongside Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson. He made his American film debut in CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, directed by McG and starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. For the last two years, he has starred as the "mystery man” opposite Nicole Kidman in Baz Luhrmann's commercial for Chanel.

The actor's most recent Brazilian film, CARANDIRU, directed by Hector Babenco, broke all Brazilian box office records and was its entry in the Foreign Film category for the Academy Awards®. CARANDIRU premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.

Santoro has won eight Best Actor awards, including the first ever award for Best Actor from the Brazilian Academy of Arts and Film for his portrayal of a young man forced into a mental institution by his parents in BRAINSTORM, the critically acclaimed film by director Lais Bodanzky. He has also been celebrated for his performance in BEHIND THE SUN, directed by Walter Salles, playing the middle son of a Brazilian family caught up in an age-old family feud in 1910. BEHIND THE SUN was nominated for a Golden Globe® in 2002 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Santoro appeared opposite Helen Mirren, Olivier Martinez and Anne Bancroft in "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, for Showtime. Based on the novella by Tennessee Williams, the telefilm was nominated for five Emmy® Awards in 2003.

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