Paolo Rotondo is an accomplished actor with wide experience in film, television and theatre. An Italian-born New Zealander, Paolo has a Diploma of Literature and Art History from the Universita Per Stranieri in Perugia; and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland.
He trained in acting, writing and directing with Phillippe Gauliere in London, and with John Bolton in Melbourne. Paolo's television credits include roles in Xena, Young Hercules, Cleopatra 2525, Riverworld, Jackson's Wharf, Street Legal, The Strip, Spin Doctors, and most recently a major role in the TV2 drama The Insider's Guide To Happiness, for which he received a Best Actor nomination in the TV Guide Best on the Box Awards.
He has acted in three short films, and won critical acclaim for leading performances in two feature films; The Ugly and Stickmen, winning Best Actor at the Fantafestival Film Festival in Rome for The Ugly. Paolo has performed extensively on stage, most recently in the plays Fond Love and Kisses at Wellington's Downstage Theatre, The Butcher's Daughter for Pandemonium Theatre; and a New Zealand tour of the sell-out two-person play Little Che'.
Paolo is also a writer and director, and has a number of projects in development. His Italian heritage is reflected in his passion for food and cooking, and he has installed an espresso machine in the Shortland Street dressing room that he shares with fellow cast member Renato Bartolomei.
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