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Mario Casas
MJK35177 Mario Casas (El Bar, Berlinale 2017) (cropped).jpg
Mario Casas Sierra

(1986-06-12) 12 June 1986 (age 34)
EducationCristina Rota School of Dramatic Arts
Years active2005–present

Mario Casas Sierra (born 12 June 1986) is a Spanish actor.

Early life

Casas has four siblings. Born in A Coruña, at age four, he left with his family to Barcelona. He moved to the Spanish capital of Madrid, on an adventure, which implied his whole family making the move with him, when he was 18 years old.[1]

His parents were very young when they had him. His mother, Heidi, was only 17 and his father, Ramon, 19. A year and a half later, they had his sister, Sheila. For Mario, his father is his role model, while his mother and the rest of his siblings are his confidants.[1]

His mother raised them, and his father worked as a carpenter. Because of his work, his father had no problem moving to another city, so they decided to accompany Mario when he left for Madrid and settled with him in the city.[1]

Mario has four siblings, forming what he defines a "Sicilian family", a family with many children established around a "matriarch". Mario is the eldest. He is followed by his sister Sheila, and two other brothers, Christian and Oscar. Finally, the youngest member of the family, Daniel, was born in 2014, who he almost considers as his "nephew" because of the enormous age difference.[1]

He gets along well with all of them, although he shares a special bond with his sister Sheila, as they grew up together. Mario, a loyal tattoo lover, has one dedicated to each of his parents and siblings, with the initials of each one.[1]

He remembers his childhood as wonderful, although he had a bit of a hard time because he was given a lot of stick for being short. He developed very late. At age 15, he still had the body of the child. Even so, he has always been a flirt, and had his first "girlfriend" at age four.[1]

As a child he liked everything: singing, dancing, ping-pong, football.... He says he liked trying things out, although he admits that he would get bored easily. His professional career began advertising. He appeared in commercials for Cola Cao, Telepizza, Scalextric...[1] He eventually decided to become an actor after he enrolled at the Cristina Rota School of Dramatic Arts

He also keeps in touch with lifelong friends from school. Those who have been by his side since he moved to Barcelona. In his own words, they are the ones who keep you on track if you derail, true friends which are hard to find.[1]

Acting career


Casas began appearing in soap operas from 2005 at age 19, before earning minor roles in several Spanish films.[2] Mario Casas began his acting career with episode appearances in television series Obsesión (English: Obsession), Motivos personales (Personal Motives) and Mujeres (Women). He came to domestic media attention with his film debut in the 2006 film El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain), directed by Antonio Banderas.

That same year he joined the cast of LaSexta series SMS. Casas then reached international audience as Aitor Carrasco in the Antena 3 series Los hombres de Paco (Paco's Men), which he starred from 2007 to 2010.

In 2009, Casas appeared in two hit films, Fuga de cerebros (Brain Drain) opposite Amaia Salamanca, and Mentiras y Gordas (Sex, Party and Lies) with his best friend Yon González,[3] Ana Maria Polvorosa, Ana de Armas and Hugo Silva. Both managed to lead the box office over the weekend of its release. In 2010, Casas starred in Carne de neón (Neon Meat) directed by Paco Cabezas. Later that year in December 2010, he starred in Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three Steps Above Heaven) opposite María Valverde. It was eventually the highest-grossing Spanish film of the year. A sequel Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You), which stars Casas, Valverde and Clara Lago, premiered in 2012.[4] He also appeared in Miedo (2010), directed by Jaume Balagueró.[5]


Casas in January 2011, during the presentation of Carne de neón
Casas in January 2011, during the presentation of Carne de neón

Since 2011, Casas has starred the Antena 3 series El barco (The Boat), he also starred in Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You), premiered in 2012.

During the late 2013 and early 2014, he went to Colombia and Chile for his second film project in English called Los 33 (The 33) with Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche, a story based on the Chilean mining accident that occurred in 2010.[6] In 2015, Mario also starred in two other films: the new Álex de la Iglesia comedy film My Great Night, and also in the romantic drama film Palmeras en la Nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow), where he reunited with the director of the films Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three Steps Above Heaven) and Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You), Fernando Gonzalez Molina.[7] In 2016, he performed in a thriller movie called "The Invisible Guest" which was a commercial success, although the film had opened to mixed critical responses. The film grossed US$3.9 million in Spain and CN¥172.4 million in China. On Rotten Tomatoes the film had an approval rating of 67% based on reviews from 8 critics.[citation needed]

Casas latest role is El fotógrafo de Mauthausen (2018), which tells the story of Francisco Boix, a Spanish Republican photographer who was sent to the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp complex during World War II.[8] Casas lost around 12 kilograms (26 pounds) to play Boix during his imprisonment.[9]



Casas in 2017
Casas in 2017
Year Title Role Director
2020 No matarás (Cross the Line) Dani David Victori
2020 El practicante (The Paramedic) Ángel Carles Torras
2020 Hogar (The Occupant) Tomás David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
2019 Adiós (Bye) Juan
2018 El fotógrafo de Mauthausen (The Photographer of Mauthausen) Francisco Boix Mar Targarona
2018 Bajo la piel de lobo (The Skin of the Wolf) Martinón Samu Fuentes
2017 El bar (The Bar) Nacho Álex de la Iglesia
2016 Contratiempo (The Invisible Guest) Adrián Doria Oriol Paulo
2016 Toro [es] Toro Kike Maíllo
2015 Palmeras en la nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow) Killian Fernando González Molina
2015 Mi gran noche (My Great Night) Adanne Álex de la Iglesia
2015 Los 33 (The 33) Alex Vega Patricia Riggen
2015 Eden Felix Shyam Madiraju
2013 La mula (Mule) Castro Michael Radford
2013 Ismael (Ismael) Félix Marcelo Piñeyro
2013 Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (The Witches of Zugarramurdi) Antonio "Tony" Álex de la Iglesia
2012 Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You) Hugo (H) Fernando González Molina
2012 Grupo 7 (Unit 7) Ángel Lares Pacheco Alberto Rodríguez
2010 Carne de neón (Neon Meat) Ricky Paco Cabezas
2010 Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three Steps Above Heaven) Hugo (H) Olivera Castro Fernando González Molina
2009 Mentiras y Gordas (Sex, Party and Lies) Toni Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes
2009 Fuga de cerebros (Brain Drain) Emilio Carbajosa Benito Fernando González Molina
2006 El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain) Moratalla Antonio Banderas

Short film

Year Title Role Director
2010 Dinero fácil (Easy Money) Jaime Carlos Montero
2010 La wikipeli 2: Miedo (Fear) Sergio Jaume Balagueró
2009 Paco (Paco) Paco 4 Jorge Roelas
2007 Sintonia diario Pop (Sintonia Diario Pop) Iván Guillermo Mieza


Year Title Role Network
2021 El inocente (The Innocent) Mateo Vidal[10] Netflix
2020 The Paramedic Ángel Hernández Netflix
2019- Instinto Marco Mur Seco Movistar+
2018 Paquita Salas Himself ("Cameo") Netflix
2011–13 El barco (The Boat) Ulises Garmendia Antena 3
2007–10; 2021 Los hombres de Paco (Paco's Men) Aitor Carrasco Antena 3
2006–07 SMS: Sin Miedo a Soñar Javier "Javi" Llorens laSexta
2006 Mujeres (Women) "Cameo" La 2
2005–06 Obsesión Nico TVE
2005 Motivos personales "Cameo" Telecinco

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2021 35th Goya Awards Best Actor[11] Cross the Line Won
2016 3rd Feroz Awards Best Supporting Actor[12] My Great Night Won
2012 Alicante Film Festival Alicante Film Award N/A Nominated
2011 Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Awards Best New Actor Three Steps Above Heaven Won
2009 EñE Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Sex, Lies and Parties Won
2009 EP3 Awards Best New Actor Sex, Lies and Parties Won
2010 Fotogramas de Plata Awards Best Film Actor Three Steps Above Heaven Nominated
2011 Best Television Actor The Boat Nominated
2009 LesGaiCineMad Festival Awards LesGaiCineMad Award for Acting Sex, Lies and Parties Won
2011 Micrófono de Oro Awards Best Television Actor Paco's Men
The Boat
2011 Móstoles International Short Film Festival Awards Best Actor Easy Money Nominated
2010 Must! Awards Best Male Performer Paco's Men
Sex, Lies and Parties
2012 Neox Fan Awards Best Film Actor I Want You Won
2009 New Talent of Spanish Cinema Awards Best New Talent Brain Drain
Sex, Lies and Parties
2009 Shanghai Awards Best Film Actors Sex, Lies and Parties Nominated
2011 Villarreal International Short Film Festival Best Actor Easy Money Won
2009 Zaragoza Film Festival Best Young Talent Brain Drain
Sex, Lies and Parties
2010 Three Steps Above Heaven Won


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Las diez fotos de la infancia de Mario Casas". (in Spanish). 11 February 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  2. ^ Woodman, Stephen (12 March 2018). "Meet Mario Casas, the Superstar Spanish Actor You Still Haven't Heard Of". Culture Trip. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  3. ^ Redondo, David; Blázquez, Clara (18 June 2009). Sánchez, Álvaro (ed.). "Entrevista a Mario Casas, en exclusiva". Punto de Encuentro (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 8 August 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Mario Casas, María Valverde y Clara Lago presentan 'Tengo ganas de ti'". Hola (in Spanish). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  5. ^ Maldivia, Beatriz (18 December 2010). "'Miedo', la wikipeli dirigida por Jaume Balagueró y miles de internautas". Blog de Cine (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 9 February 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Antonio Banderas, Mario Casas y Juliette Binoche presentan 'Los 33' con los mineros de Atacama". Hola!. 3 February 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Mario Casas protagoniza la adaptación del best seller "Palmeras en la nieve"". ABC (in Spanish). 23 September 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  8. ^ Antón, Jacinto (23 November 2017). "La vida del fotógrafo que sufrió el horror nazi se convierte en película". El País. Prisa. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Mario Casas protagoniza 'El fotógrafo de Mauthausen', participada por RTVE". RTVE (in Spanish). 10 November 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ "La serie 'El inocente' ya tiene fecha y lanza su primer tráiler con Mario Casas, José Coronado y Aura Garrido". Vertele!. 4 March 2021.
  11. ^ Barco, Cristina (18 January 2021). "¿Por qué Mario Casas se merece por fin la nominación al Goya?". RTVE.
  12. ^ "Palmarés de los premios feroz 2016". Fotogramas. 19 January 2016.

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