Born in Santiago de Chile, Benjamín Vicuña began his studies in theatre at the University of Chile. With his classmates he founded the theatre company “El Hijo”, producing some plays. In 2000, after finishing his university studies, he debuted on cinema with LSD (Lucha Social Digital), directed by fellow actor Boris Quercia. In 2002 he participated in the Canal 13 series Piel Canela and in Televisión Nacional de Chile’s Purasangre. A year later he starred in the series Pecadores and participated in the mini-series La Vida es una Lotería as well as the film XS-La Peor de la Talla.
The year 2004 was a fruitful year for Benjamín: he participated in the series Destinos Cruzados and the film Promodio Rojo– a box office hit in Chile. He also took on roles in Mujeres Infieles, El Roto, Las Hormigas Asesinas and No Me Toques. A year later he participated in the series Los Simuladores, where he played the part of Gabriel Medina, and in the films Juego de Verano and Se Arrienda.
In 2005 Benjamín starred in Fuga, a Chilean-Argentinean coproduction and the first work of Pablo Larraín. For this role he won awards at the Malaga Spanish Film Festival and the Trieste Latin-American Film Festival as well as the London Film Festival for Best Actor.
In 2008 Benajmín debuted in Spanish cinemas with Nacho Garcia Velilla’s Fuera de Carta in which he performed alongside Javier Cámera and Lola Dueñas. For this role he won the New York Ace Award for Best Actor. In the same year he also starred in the Chilean production Muñeca, Cuestón de Sexo, together with Marcial Tagle.
A year later he had a leading role in Roberto Artiagoutía’s Grade 3, Miguel Littin’s Isla 10 and Felipe del Rio and Fernando Aljaro’s Super: Todo Chile Adentro. Later that year he was cast in the Globomedia-produced Antena 3 series Los Hombros de Paco, working alongside Paco Tous and Adriana Ozores.
In 2010 Benjamín starred in the Chilean series Prófugos for HBO and in 2011 he worked alongside Luciano Castro and Romina Gaetani in Herederos de Venganza. In 2014 he had a leading role in the Pol-Ka series Farasantes, where he worked with Julio Chávez, Facundo Arana and Griselda Siciliani. The series gave him a nomination at the Tato y Martín Fierro Awards. In 2014 he took on the role of Agustín González in the series Sitiados, a big-budget Latin American production set in the south of Chile between 1568 and 1608.
In 2015 he starred alongside Natalia Oreiro and Joaquin Furriel in the Argentinean series Entre Caníbales. The series was directed by Jose Campanella for Telefe and Fox Life. He also participated in the films El Bosque de Karadima and La Memoria del Agua. Lately he worked alongside Elena Anaya taking the part divorcing his wife after the death of their son. The same year Benjamín also participated in Baires, together with German Palacios and Sabrina Garciarena.
EL HILO ROJO · Dir. Daniela Goggi
THE MEMORY OF WATER · Dir. Matías Bize
EL BOSQUE DE KARADIMA · Dir. Matias Lira
DRAMA · Dir. Matias Lira
SUPER · Dir. Fefa Alijaro
DAWSON ISLA 10 · Dir. Miguel Littin
GRADO 3 · Dir. Roberto Artiagoitía
MUÑECA · Dir. Sebastián Arrau
FUERA DE CARTA · Dir. Nacho G. Velilla
FUGA · Dir. Pablo Larraín
SE ARRIENDA · Dir. Alberto Fuguet
JUEGO DE VERANO · Dir. Fernanda Aljaro
MUJERES INFIELES · Dir. Rodrigo Ortuzar Lynch
PERJUDÍCAME CARIÑO · Dir. Alberto Daiber
PROMEDIO ROJO · Dir. Nicolás López
XS – LA PEOR TALLA · Dir. Jorge López Sotomayor
PARAÍSO B · Dir. Nicolás Acuña
PIEL CANELA · Dir. Cristian Mason
L.S.D · Dir. Boris Quercia
LAS HORMIGAS ASESINAS · Dir. Alberto Fuguet
NO ME TOQUES · Dir. Mauro Bravo
SITIADOS · CNTV
ENTRE CANÍBALES · Telefe
LOS ARCHIVOS DEL CARDENAL · CNTV
PRÓFUGOS · HBO
FARSANTES · Canal 13
LA DUEÑA · Telefe
HEREDEROS DE UNA VENGANZA · Canal 13
LOS HOMBRES DE PACO · Antena 3
LOS SIMULADORES · Canal 13
HUAIQUIMÁN Y TOLOSA · Canal 13
DON JUAN Y SU BELLA DAMA · Telefe
HÉROES · Canal 13
DESTINOS CRUZADOS · TVN
LA VIDA ES UNA LOTERÍA PECADORES · TVN
PURASANGRE · TVN
PIEL CANELA · CANAL 13
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Premios APES: Best Actor · PURASANGRE
Premios TV Grama: Best Television Actor · PURASANGRE
Premios Altazor: Best Television Actor, nominated · PECADORES
Premios Altazor: Best Television Actor, nominated · DESTINOS CRUZADOS
Premios APES: Best Supporting Actor · HUAIQUIMÁN Y TOLOSA
Festival Trieste de cine latino-americano: Best Actor · FUGA
Festival de Málaga de Cine Español 2007: Best Actor· FUGA
Premios Martin Fierro: Best Television Actor · LA DUEÑA
Premios Tato: Best Television Actor · LA DUEÑA
Premios Martin Fierro: Best Television Actor · FARSANTES
Premios Tato: Best Television Actor · FARSANTES