Mario Casas Sierra (born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain on 12 June 1986) is a Spanish actor. He is probably best known for his performances in television series Paco's Men (Spanish: Los hombres de Paco) and The Boat (El barco), as well as in films Summer Rain (El camino de los ingleses), Three Steps Above Heaven (Tres metros sobre el cielo), I Want You (Tengo ganas de ti), and Palm Trees in the Snow (Palmeras en la nieve).

Acting career

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 who gave him the opportunity to participate.

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. Later in 2009 Casas appeared in two hit films, Fuga de cerebros (Brain Drain) opposite Amaia Salamanca, and Mentiras y gordas (Sex, Lies and Parties) with he's bestfriend Yon González. Both managed to lead the box office over the weekend of its release.

In 2009, Casas appeared in two hit films, Fuga de cerebros (Brain Drain) opposite Amaia Salamanca, and Mentiras y gordas (Sex, Lies and Parties) with Yon González, Ana Maria Polvorosa, Ana de Armas and Hugo Silva. In 2010, Casas starred 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 starts Casas, Valverde and Clara Lago, premiered in 2012.. Hola (in Spanish). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012.  In 2010 Casas starred Carne de neon (Neon Meat) directed by Paco Cabezas later that year on 3 December 2010, Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three Steps Above Heaven) opposite María Valverde. It was eventually the highest-grossing Spanish film of the year.

Since 2011, Casas has starred the Antena 3 series El barco (The Boat) as Ulises Garma, opposite Blanca Suárez. He was ranked the second at the 20 minutos list of sexiest Spanish actors.

Grupo 7 (Unit 7) by Alberto Rodriguez and the most anticipated sequel of the year Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You), which starts Casas, Valverde and Clara Lago, premiered in 2012.. Hola (in Spanish). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 

Casas is set to star three films in 2013 – First, he made his first film in English titled Eden (Eden) with American actors Jessica Lowndes, James Remar, Sung Kang, Diego Boneta directed by Shyam Madiraju in Malaysia in which I play felix the goalie. Later that year Ismael (Ismael) by Marcelo Piñeyro and Álex de la Iglesia's Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (The Witches of Zugarramurdi) opposite Hugo Silva,. Hola (in Spanish). 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. .

During the late 2013 and early 2014 has shor between Colombia and Chile, 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. In 2015 Mario starred in 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 repeated 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.

Personal life

Casas has four younger siblings – Sheila (born on 21 November 1987), Christian (born 1992), Óscar (born on 21 September 1998) and Daniel (born on 27 April 2014). Christian and Óscar are also actors, while Sheilla is a law student. Born in A Coruña, Galicia, Casas and his family moved to Barcelona in 1994. Having initially wanted to become a policeman, firefighter or a football player, he eventually decided to become an actor after he had enrolled the Cristina Rota School of Dramatic Arts and relocated to Madrid, aged seventeen. He is a supporter of Deportivo de La Coruña and FC Barcelona.

Filmography

Tv Series

YearTitleRoleNetwork
2011– 2013El barco (The Boat)Ulises GarmendiaAntena 3
2007–2010Los hombres de Paco (Paco's Men)Aitor CarrascoAntena 3
2006–2007SMSJavier "Javi" LlorenslaSexta
2006Mujeres (Women)"Cameo"La 2
2005–2006ObsesiónNicoTVE
2005Motivos personales"Cameo"Telecinco

Films

YearTitleRoleDirector
2015Palmeras en la nieve (Palm Trees in the Snow)KillianFernando González Molina
2015Mi gran noche (My Great Night)AdanneÁlex de la Iglesia
2015Los 33 (The 33)Alex VegaPatricia Riggen
2014EdenFelixShyam Madiraju
2013La mula (Mule)CastroMichael Radford
2013Ismael (Ismael)FélixMarcelo Piñeyro
2013Las brujas de Zugarramurdi (The Witches of Zugarramurdi)Antonio "Tony"Álex de la Iglesia
2012Tengo ganas de ti (I Want You)Hugo (H)Fernando González Molina
2012Grupo 7 (Unit 7)Ángel Lares PachecoAlberto Rodríguez
2010Carne de neon (Neon Meat)RickyPaco Cabezas
2010Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three Steps Above Heaven)Hugo (H) Olivera CastroFernando González Molina
2009Mentiras y gordas (Sex, Party and lies)ToniAlfonso Albacete y David Menkes
2009Fuga de cerebros (Brain Drain)Emilio Carbajosa BenitoFernando González Molina
2006El camino de los ingleses (Summer Rain)MoratallaAntonio Banderas

Short Films

YearTitleRoleDirector
2010Dinero fácil (Easy Money)JaimeCarlos Montero
2010La wikipeli 2: Miedo (Fear)SergioJaume Balagueró
2009Paco (Paco)Paco 4Jorge Roelas
2007Sintonia diario Pop (Sintonia Diario Pop)IvánGuillermo Mieza

Awards and nominations

AwardYearCategoryNominated WorkResult
Alicante Film Festival2012Alicante Film AwardN/ANominated
Association of Latin Entertainment Critics Awards2011Best New ActorThree Steps Above HeavenWon
EñE Film Awards2009Best Actor in a Supporting RoleSex, Lies and PartiesWon
EP3 Awards2009Best New ActorSex, Lies and PartiesWon
Fotogramas de Plata Awards2010Best Film ActorThree Steps Above HeavenNominated
2011Best Television ActorThe BoatNominated
LesGaiCineMad Festival Awards2009LesGaiCineMad Award for ActingSex, Lies and PartiesWon
Micrófono de Oro Awards2011Best Television ActorPaco's Men
The Boat
Won
Móstoles International Short Film Festival Awards2011Best ActorEasy MoneyNominated
Must! Awards2010Best Male PerformerPaco's Men
Sex, Lies and Parties
Nominated
Neox Fan Awards2012Best Film ActorI Want YouWon
New Talent of Spanish Cinema Awards2009Best New TalentBrain Drain
Sex, Lies and Parties
Nominated
Shanghai Awards2009Best Film ActorsSex, Lies and PartiesNominated
Villarreal International Short Film Festival2011Best ActorEasy MoneyWon
Zaragoza Film Festival2009Best Young TalentBrain Drain
Sex, Lies and Parties
Won
2010Three Steps Above HeavenWon