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Juan Diego Botto

Born in Buenos Aires in 1975, Juan Diego Botto is one of the best known and most popular film and theatre actors in Spain and Argentina. He debuted in film at the early age of 8 with Fausto Canel’s Juego de poder (1983), and a few years later played Columbus’ son in Ridley Scott’s 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). His first major success arrived with his part in Montxo Armendáriz’ Historias del Kronen (1995), thanks to which he landed the first of his three Goya nominations.

Thus began a meteoric career, working under the orders of directors like Mariano Barroso (Éxtasis, 1996), Gerardo Vera (La Celestina, 1996), Alfonso Albacete, David Menkes and Miguel Bardem (Más que amor, frenesí, 1996), Manolo Lombardero (En brazos de la mujer madura, 1997), Adolfo Aristarain in his film Martín (Hache) (1997), which received high audience and critical acclaim, and Imanol Uribe (Plenilunio, 1999), bringing Juan Diego Botto his second Goya Best Actor nomination.

He garnered his third Goya nomination with Víctor García León’s Vete de mí (2006), having formerly collaborated another twice with Montxo Armendáriz (Silencio roto, 2001, and Obaba, 2005), John Malkovich (The Dancer Upstairs, 2001), Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón (El caballero Don Quijote, 2002), Adolfo Aristarain yet again (Roma, 2004) and Luis Llosa (La fiesta del chivo, 2005). Among his latest films as an actor are Gregory Nava’s Bordertown (2006) and La ciudad del silencio (2007); Joaquín Oristrell’s Va a ser que nadie es perfecto (2006); Yannis Smaragdis’ El Greco (2007), for which he won the Best Actor Award at Cairo Festival; Peter Sehr and Marie Noëlle’s The Anarchist’s Wife (2008); Marcelo Piñeyro’s Las viudas de los jueves (2009); Achero Mañas’ Todo lo que tú quieras (2010); Antonio Chavarrías’ Dictado (2011); and Gerardo Herrero’s Sangre en la nieve (2011).

Juan Diego Botto has always coupled film with theatre. Outstanding among the many plays he has headlined are Hamlet, also helmed by him and which earned him the Silver Fotogramas for Best Actor; El privilegio de ser perro, which he wrote and directed; Despertares y celebraciones, written by him and directed by his mother, Cristina Rota; and La última noche de la peste, directed by Víctor García León.


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