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Mini biography of Juan Diego Botto

Juan Diego Botto-Rota was born on 29 August 1975, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, but moved to Madrid, Spain, where he still lives today.

Botto started acting at the age of 5 in the film Juego de poder (Power Game). His role in the 1999 film Sobreviviré (I will survive), got him more national and international recognition.

Botto has appeared on stage in Spain in several critically acclaimed plays. He also directed a play called Privilegio de ser perro (Privilege of Being a Dog), about the tough life immigrants are subjected to while trying to sneak into and live in a new country.

He also starred in Iannis Smaragdis’ last film El Greco; a riveting performance which won him the first prize at the Cairo International Film Festival. He played key characters in films such as 1492: Conquest of Paradise(1992), Martín (Hache) (1997), John Malkovich’s acclaimed The Dancer Upstairs (2002), El caballero Don Quijote(2002), the award-winning Roma(2004) to name a few. In 2006 he starred alongside Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas in Bordertown. He went on to play in Vete de mí(2006) and The Anarchist's Wife(2008) and in 2011 he starred in Silencio en la nieve.

In 2012 he starred in Dictado (Childish Games), which received a Golden Berlin Bear nomination at the Berlin International Film Festival.