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Catch actor Alvaro Ramos in Nat Geo Anthology Series 'Genius' Season 2
Spanish actor Alvaro Ramos plays a key role in the season 2 premiere of National Geographic's award-winning anthology series 'Genius'.

Multi-talented actor Alvaro Ramos, who's known for his roles in the Goya Award winning films "23-F: La Pelicula" and "Mortadelo and Filemon: Mission - Save the Planet," takes on a key role in the season 2 premiere of National Geographic's Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated series "Genius," which airs in the US on April 24 at 9/8 pm CST. 

Season 2 of the Nat Geo anthology period drama chronicles the life and work of famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, one of the 20th century's most influential artists. Acting alongside three-time Golden Globe Award nominee Antonio Banderas ("Desperado") who plays Pablo Picasso as an adult, and Alex Rich ("True Detective) who plays Picasso in his youth, actor Alvaro Ramos comes into the series as the priest who baptizes Picasso in Malaga, Spain in 1881.

"As a Spaniard I was so excited when they told me that I was going to play the Priest who baptized Picasso. Picasso means so much for our country and for all Spaniards," says Ramos. "The best thing was that we shot our scene in the original church in Malaga, his place of birth where he was originally baptized. Be there and knowing that what we were doing was what happened in 1881 was overwhelming and touching."

The premiere of season 2 which features Ramos is directed by Kenneth Biller ("Perception"), who earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination last year for his work on the show, which he created with Noah Pink ("The Show") and serves as an executive producer.

Other known actors who will take on key roles in "Genius" season 2 include BAFTA Award nominee Robert Sheehan ("Fortitude," "Misfits"), Poppy Delevingne ("Kingsman: The Golden Circle"), IFTA Award winner Aisling Franciosi ("Game of Thrones") and Sebastian Roche ("Young Pope").

IFTA winner David Wilmot ("Anna Karenina"), who plays Picasso's father Jose Ruiz Blasco in the series, says, "Shooting and working with Alvaro was so much fun. I love how he portrayed his character. He has a wonderful, powerful voice."

While Ramos has played a vast range of characters over the course of his 20-year career, with regard to his character in "Genius," he admits, "I've never played a priest so it was a great challenge for me to find the right voice and gesture for it."

Nat Geo's first ever scripted series, "Genius" season 1, which focused on the life and work of physicist Albert Einstein, became the best performing new series launch in network history with over 45 million viewers globally.

Considering Alvaro Ramos' history of top notch work on both the big and small screen it's not surprising that he's been tapped for a key role on the series. Early on in his career Ramos, who's originally from Madrid, played critical recurring roles on the popular Spanish sitcoms "Condenadas a Entenderse," "SMS, sin miedo a sonar" and "La Familia Mata," in addition to several guest star role on well known series such as "Paco's Men," "Centro Medico," "Museo Coconut" and "Mis Adorables Vecinos."

In 2016 he also played a featured role as a Spanish general who gets captured in season 3 of the hit BBC period drama "The Musketeers" starring Santiago Cabrera ("Heroes"), Tom Burke ("Only God Forgives") and Luke Pasqualino ("Our Girl").

Ramos made his foray into film in 2006 with the dramatic film "Anonymous," where he took oj the starring role of Fred Molina, a writer caught between reality and the imaginary world within his writing. A timeless love story set within a dreamlike universe, "Anonymous" revealed Ramos' dynamic acting talent and his strength as a leading man on screen. The film, which earned more than 20 awards at different film festivals around the world and was preselected for Best Short Film at the 2009 Academy Awards, was recently rescreened in London as a featured film in "CORTOMETRAJES, 7 Spanish Short Films," an event curated and produced by Brit Es Magazine in partnership with Shorts On Tap.

"Anonymous" director Cristian Pozo says, "I first saw Alvaro perform in the theater and I was totally amazed by his presence, voice and personality on stage. He was what I was looking for for my movie... Alvaro is a complete and powerful actor with an incredible stage and film presence, and overflowing magic. All of this was reflected in the film… his fantastic performance had a lot to do with the great success of the film and its numerous international awards and selections."

Ramos artistic drive coupled with his unparalleled skill when it comes to bringing challenging characters to life has led him to create a vastly impressive repertoire of work that, in addition to working in film and television, also includes starring in hit theatre productions. While his work in the theatre has led him to perform in productions all over the world, most recently he's become known for his lead roles in productions at the Cervantes Theatre in the heart of London. Created by the Spanish Theatre Company (STC), the Cervantes Theatre opened its doors in 2016 with Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding" where Ramos played a lead role as the father of the bride. 

Francisco Rabal and Turia Theatre Award winner Jorge De Juan, the renowned theatre director behind "Blood Wedding," explains, "I couldn't find the right actor to play the father in English and Spanish in my production "Blood wedding" until Alvaro Ramos came to the audition. He nailed it."

After a powerful performance in the theatre's inaugural production, Ramos was personally requested by De Juan to take on a starring role in the "The Judge of Divorces." He followed that up with "Darwin's Tortoise" directed by Paula Paz, where he took on the starring role of the Professor, who the story revolves around.

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