Christian Camargo (né Minnick) is an American actor, filmmaker, and screenwriter. He has garnered fame for portraying Brian Moser in the Showtime drama series ‘Dexter’, Michael Corrigan in the Netflix political drama series ‘House of Cards’, Petty Officer Pavel Loktev in ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’, and Eleazar in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2. A New York native, Camargo hails from a family of actors. After graduating from the Juilliard School, he began performing on Broadway before moving to England to become a member of the inaugural company of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank. Camargo’s first screen appearance was the television broadcast of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre’s production of ‘Henry V’ in 1997. He made his big-screen debut in the 1999 action adventure film ‘Plunkett & Macleane’. In the ensuing years, Camargo has established himself as a prominent actor in all three mediums of performing arts. In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Obie Award for Special Citations for his outing as Hamlet.
After earning his graduate diploma from the Juilliard School in 1996, Camargo had his Broadway debut in a production of David Hare's ‘Skylight’. He then moved to England to perform with the inaugural company of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the South Bank.
In New York, Camargo acted in the Public Theater's ‘Kit Marlowe’ and Steve Martin's ‘Underpants’ at Classic Stage Company. He also portrayed the title role in Theater For A New Audience's production of ‘Coriolanus’. In 2008, he worked with Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, and Katie Holmes in Arthur Miller's ‘All My Sons’ on Broadway. A year later, he portrayed the titular character in the Theater for a New Audience's production of ‘Hamlet’. His performance in the play earned him an Obie Award as well as a Drama League nomination. Camargo also essayed the roles of Orlando in The Bridge Project’s ‘As You Like It’ and Ariel in the same troupe’s rendition of ‘The Tempest’.
He first appeared on television in 1997 when Shakespeare's Globe Theatre’s production of ‘Henry V’ was televised. In 1999, he made his cinematic debut in Jake Scott’s ‘Plunkett & Macleane’. He subsequently portrayed various roles in a series of films before he was cast as Petty Officer Pavel Loktev in ‘K-19: The Widowmaker’ (2002). In the early 2000s, Camargo started to gain modest fame by making guest appearances in TV shows like ‘Without a Trace’, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’, ‘Ghost Whisperer’, and ‘Wanted’. For his outing as Henry Wotton in the 2007 cinematic adaptation of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 2008 FilmOut Festival in San Diego, USA.
In 2008, he shared screen space with Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, and Brian Geraghty in Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning war drama ‘The Hurt Locker’. From 2006 to 2011, he portrayed Brian Moser or Rudy Cooper, Dexter Morgan’s biological older brother, in the Showtime drama series ‘Dexter’. He was cast as Wade Osbourne Crocker in the fourth season of Syfy’s supernatural drama series ‘Haven’. In 2014, he starred as Mercutio in Don Roy King’s Broadway adaptation of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The play was later shown in movie theatres.
In the last two films of the Twilight series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 (2011) and 2 (2012), Camargo played Eleazar, a vampire and member of the Denali coven. He was cast as the American LGBT activist Michael Corrigan in the third season of Netflix’s political drama series ‘House of Cards’.
In 2016, he joined the cast of Showtime and Sky Atlantic’s mystery horror drama series ‘Penny Dreadful’ as Dr Alexander Sweet, who later turns out to be the main antagonist of the series, Dracula. Camargo was part of the cast of the documentary miniseries ‘Wormwood’ in 2017. In 2018, he played Prof David Bowden in BBC2’s science fiction miniseries ‘The City and the City’.
In 2014, Camargo wrote and directed ‘Days and Nights’, a drama film inspired by Anton Chekov’s ‘The Seagull’. He has several projects on the pipeline as an actor, including upcoming telefilm ‘No Apologies’, fantasy horror film ‘Witch Hunt’, and the Apple TV+ web series ‘See’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born Christian Minnick on July 7, 1971, in New York City, New York, USA, Camargo is one of the two sons of actress Victoria Wyndham and her former husband, Wendell Minnick. His brother is the photographer Darian Minnick. After graduating from high school, he attended Hobart College, where he served as the program director of its public radio station, WEOS. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart in 1992 and subsequently studied at the Juilliard School as part of the Drama Division's Group 25 (1992–96).
Camargo’s maternal grandfather, the Mexican-American actor Ralph Camargo, convinced his daughters to change their names to something Anglicized as he believed that he had lost acting opportunities because of his Latino heritage. Christian decided to change his name to Camargo from Minnick because he wanted to show how proud he was of his Mexican background.
According to some online sources, Camargo met his wife, English actress Juliet Rylance, while he was performing with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. They got married in November 2008.