Claudio Santamaria

Claudio Santamaria Biography

Claudio Santamaria as Carlos in Casino Royale

Claudio Santamaria is a passionate and versatile Italian actor who has starred in movies, television, and lent his voice to animations and Italian dubs.

Born on July 22, 1974, in Rome, Italy, Claudio Santamaria discovered his love for acting at an early age and went on to become one of the most talented and sought-after actors of his generation.

Claudio’s journey in the world of cinema began in 1997 when he made his debut in Leonardo Pieraccioni’s Fuochi d’artificio. He then went on to showcase his acting skills in several films such as Gabriele Muccino’s Ecco fatto, Marco Risi’s L’ultimo capodanno, and Bernardo Bertolucci’s L’assedio. With his innate ability to bring his characters to life, Claudio quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the world of cinema.


His first movie casting was Fireworks in 1997, and this led to many smaller roles. His big breakthrough came in the James Bond film Casino Royale in which he played terrorist, Carlos.

In 2016, Claudio Santamaria’s performance in the superhero movie They Call Me Jeeg won him the prestigious David di Donatello for Best Actor award, further cementing his place in the pantheon of great Italian actors. He played the role of Enzo ‘Jeeg’ Ceccotti, a petty criminal who gains superpowers, and his portrayal of the character was widely praised by audiences and critics alike.

Aside from his impressive filmography, Claudio Santamaria has also lent his voice to some of the most iconic characters in cinema history, including the Italian versions of Eric Bana’s character in Munich, Christian Bale’s Batman and also the Batman voice in The Lego movies.

Off-screen, Claudio Santamaria is married with journalist Francesca Barra in 2017. When he’s not acting, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones and indulging in his love for sports, especially football. He has a personal website, where you can find out more about him.