FOR GREATER GLORY
SANTIAGO CABRERA is an international star on both stage and screen. Born in
Caracas, Venezuela to a Chilean diplomat father and mother who was a homemaker,
he grew up in London, Romania, Toronto and Madrid. When he was a teenager the
family moved back to Chile where Cabrera focused on athletics until his high
school teacher encouraged him to try drama. Cabrera trained at London's
prestigious Drama Centre under renowned instructors Yat Malgrem and Christopher
Fettes, whose students include many great actors, among them Sir Sean Connery
and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Concurrent with his final year at the Centre, he made his television debut with
small roles in British television. His first role after graduating from drama
school was Montano in Shakespeare's OTHELLO, at the London Greenwich Theatre,
directed by Rupert Gold. He also played Romeo on stage in London's Middle Temple
Hall production of ROMEO AND JULIET.
His films include LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS, HAVEN and THE LIFE OF FISH, which
received a Goya for Best Foreign Language film. His first appearance on American
television was the lead role of Octavius in ABC's epic mini series EMPIRE. Most
notably, he is known for his breakthrough role, in the highly successful first
season of NBC's ensemble drama series HEROES where he played Isaac Mendez, a
heroin-addicted artist whose dark, violent and apocalyptic paintings are
premonitions of future events. He followed that with a critically acclaimed role
in the Steven Soderbergh feature CHE for his portrayal of legendary Cuban
guerilla commander Camilo Cienguegos.He also plays Lancelot in a recurring role
on the very popular BBC series MERLIN. He recently completed the HBO film
HEMINGWAY and GELHORN as famed photographer Robert Capa, scheduled for 2012. He
is currently co-starring in the Sky Atlantic HD two-parter FALCON, based on
Robert Wilson's bestselling Javier Falcon novels currently filming in Seville.
Although he considers Santiago, Chile, his hometown, he currently splits his
time between London and Los Angeles. In addition to his native Spanish language,
he is fluent in English, French and Italian.
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