Place of Birth: Caracas, Venezuela
Date of Birth: 5 May, 1978
Ethnicity: Chilean [Spanish, Basque, small amounts of French and Belgian/Flemish, as well as approximately 1/32 English, 1/64th Irish, 1/64th German, possibly other]
Santiago Cabrera is a Chilean-born actor. He is known for his role in the films Transformers: The Last Knight and the show Star Trek: Picard, among other productions.
Santiago was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Chilean parents, Pedro Pablo Cabrera Gaete and Cecilia Pérez Walker. His father was a prominent diplomat, who served as Ambassador to the U.K., from 1999 to 2000, Ambassador to the Russian Federation, from 2000 to 2004, Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, from 2004 to 2006, and Ambassador to the Holy See, from 2006 to 2010, among other duties. His uncle (mother’s brother), Ignacio Pérez Walker, was a Senator in Chile.
Santiago spent much of his childhood internationally, including England, Romania, Canada, and Spain, later living in Chile. Santiago is also a British citizen. He is married to theatre director Anna Marcea, with whom he has a son.
Santiago’s parents are from upper-class Chilean families. His ancestry includes Spanish, Basque, small amounts of French and Belgian/Flemish, as well as approximately 1/32 English, 1/64th Irish, 1/64th German, and possibly other. He has ancestors who lived in Peru.
His great-great-great-great-grandfather was John Thomond O’Brien/Juan Thomond O’Brien (1786-1861), an army officer, born in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, who fought in the Chilean War of Independence. One of his distant ancestors, Francisco Ibáñez de Peralta, was the Royal Governor of Chile, from 1700 to 1709.
Santiago is a fifth cousin, once removed, of football coach Manuel Pellegrini. Santiago’s great-great-great-great-grandmother, María Ignacia Isidora Zegers Montenegro (known as Isidora Zegers), was also the five times great-grandmother of Manuel Pellegrini. Isidora was a prominent artist and composer in Chile; she was born in Madrid, Spain, and was the daughter of Juan Francisco Zegers Durás, who was born, c. 1781, in France, and of Florencia Montenegro Rodríguez de Toledo, who was born, c. 1785, in Madrid. This Zegers family are Flemish Belgians.
Santiago’s paternal grandfather was Gonzalo Antonio Cabrera Bouey (the son of Jose Luis Cabrera Montalva and Ana Bouey Savagnac). Jose was the son of Fernando Cabrera Gacitua, a politician, and of Beatriz Montalva Martinez.
Santiago’s paternal grandmother was Rosa Ester Gaete Vergara (the daughter of Jorge Gaete Rojas and Blanca Vergara Torres). Jorge was the son of José Gabriel Gaete Rios and Rita Rojas Huneeus. Blanca was the daughter of Carlos Alfredo Vergara Silva and Ana Luisa Torres Larrañaga.
Santiago’s maternal grandfather was Clemente Pérez Zañartu (the son of Osvaldo Pérez Valdés and María Luisa Zañartu Íñiguez). Clemente was born in Santiago, Chile, and served as Chilean ambassador to Vatican City in the 1960s. Osvaldo was the son of Osvaldo Pérez Sánchez and Cristina Valdés O’Brien. Santiago’s great-grandmother María Luisa’s father was Aníbal Zañartu Zañartu, who was Vice President of Chile, from 12 July, 1901 to 18 September, 1901, as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Colonization, from 1885 to 1886, and a three time Minister of the Interior, from 1885 to 1886, 1887 to 1888, and in 1896. He was a relative, to some degree, of two Presidents of Chile, Federico Errázuriz Zañartu (1871-1876) and Federico Errázuriz Echaurren (1896-1901). María Luisa’s mother, Santiago’s great-great-grandmother, was Amelia Íñiguez Vicuña.
Santiago’s maternal grandmother was Teresa Walker Concha (the daughter of Horacio Walker Larraín and Teresa Concha Cazotte). Teresa was born in Santiago, Chile. Horacio served as Minister of Justice, in 1931, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 1950 to 1951. He was the son of Joaquín Eduardo Walker Martinez, who served as President of the Chamber of Deputies of Chile, from 1896 to 1897, and of Elisa Larraín Alcalde. Santiago’s great-grandmother Teresa was the daughter of Enrique Santiago Concha Jiménez Lobatón Subercaseaux and María Teresa Cazotte Alcalde.
Santiago’s great-grandfather Horacio Walker Larraín was also the paternal grandfather of politicians Ignacio Walker, who served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, from 29 September, 2004 to 11 March, 2006; Patricio Walker, who served as President of the Chamber of Deputies, from March 2007 to March 2008, and President of the Senate, from 11 March, 2015 to 15 March, 2016; and Matías Walker, a Deputy. This makes Santiago a first cousin, once removed, of Ignacio, Patricio, and Matías.
Santiago’s matrilineal line can be traced to Úrsula Pérez de Guzmán y Ponce de León y Bendesú, who was born, c. 1674, in Concepción, VIII Región, Chile.
Sources: Genealogy of Santiago Cabrera (through his brother, Pedro) – https://www.geni.com
Genealogies of Santiago’s paternal great-grandparents, Jorge Gaete Rojas and Blanca Vergara Torres – http://www.genealogiachilenaenred.cl
Genealogies of Santiago’s maternal grandparents, Clemente Pérez Zañartu and Teresa Walker Concha – http://www.genealogiachilenaenred.cl
Genealogy of Santiago’s maternal great-grandparents, Osvaldo Pérez Valdés and María Luisa Zañartu Íñiguez – http://www.genealog.cl