The middle child of a Chilean diplomat father and homemaker mother, Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela and lived in Toronto, London, Madrid and Romania before his family returned to Chile when he was fifteen years old. As captain of the soccer team in high school, Cabrera focused on athletics until his high school drama teacher encouraged him to try acting. He got a taste of the theater, portraying Mozart in a high school production of Amadeus, but continued playing soccer on a scholarship at two different colleges in Chile over three years. Cabrera took a year off and came to Europe, during which time he realized his love of performing and enrolled in London's Drama Centre in September 2000.
During his three years of training at the Drama Centre, Cabrera honed his acting skills in productions of The Madras House, A Month in the Country, Napoli Milionaria, Britannicus, The Dutch Courtesan, The Strangeness of Others, A Field, Three Birds Alighting On, and played the title character in The Last Days of Don Juan. Concurrent with his final year at the Centre, he made his television debut with small roles in the London series Battles of Britain, Judge John Deed, Spooks and As If. His first role after graduating from drama school was Montano in Shakespeare's Othello, at the Northampton Theatre Royal.
In addition to his fluency in Spanish, English, French and Italian, Cabrera is skilled in tennis, hockey and scuba diving. While he considers Santiago, Chile to be his hometown, he currently resides in London.
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|Birthday||May 5, 1978 (40)|