Socratis Otto is one actor who can hold his own both on stage, in films, and on the small screen. Born on May 5, 1970, and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, he was fascinated by what goes on both in theatre and on screen as a child and was also highly interested in writing. When he came of age and realized that a career in the showbiz industry was his forte, he pursued it head front.
After graduating from high school, Otto proceeded to college where he bagged a degree in creative writing and literature. He then followed it up with an acting training at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), graduating in 2000. The institution counts among its alumni top actors like Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Following his graduation, he started auditioning for roles on stage, as well as in films and on television.
Career Beginning and Rise to Fame
Salt, a 2001 Sydney Theatre Company production saw his first stage appearance and marked his acting debut as well. It was followed by his television debut in an episode of the Australian children’s series Outriders in 2001 and then the medical drama, All Saints. The following year, he had a major career breakthrough when he landed the lead role in the drama series Young Lions as Justin Carmody. Otto first appeared on the big screen in 2002 in the short film Running Down These Dreams wherein he played the role of Dove.
His other notable roles include the sci-fi action film The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Rage in Placid Lake (2003), an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth (2006), Monkey Puzzle (2008), and The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, also in 2008, All Saints (2001, 2004) and the miniseries False Witness (2009). In 2009, Otto played the titular role in the drama-documentary Darwin’s Brave New World. A major role in the soap opera, Home and Away was his next undertaking that same year. He played Robert Robertson, a role that exposed him to wide acclaim, through 37 episodes for three years. Also in 2009, he had minor parts in Beautiful, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as well in several short films.
Socratis Otto was also part of the 2012 mystery thriller film, Gone as Jim, My Mistress as Leon, and the American–Australian science-fiction horror film I, Frankenstein where he played a brave warrior known as Zuriel. On the small screen, he has appeared in such work as The Pacific, Miracles, and as Adam the Psychologist in Dance Academy, all in 2010. Others are Rake (2012), The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013), Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (2013), and Serangoon Road (2013).
In 2014, Otto joined the cast of the Australian TV drama Wentworth as Maxine Conway, a trans woman inmate. He received wide acclaim for his performance thereof and has continued to act across the three platforms. This actor is neither stopping or slowing down anytime soon.
Is Socratis Otto Related To Miranda Otto?
How tricky last names can be, especially when they are associated with someone famous, not to talk of two insanely popular personalities, from the same country as well. The odds couldn’t be more right, you must agree. Wondering if Socratis Otto is related to fellow Australian actress, Miranda Otto, he is not. However, they share some things in common such as a passion for acting and Australian nationality. Also, they have both lived in Sydney at one point or the other in their lives, and both graduated from NIDA.
Otto is of Greek descent and was born to Greek immigrants while Miranda is the daughter of popular Australian actors – Barry and Lindsay Otto. Information does not abound of the family background of Socratis but it is known that Miranda has a half-sister named Gracie Otto.
Married or in a Relationship?
Socratis Otto is not one given to being vocal about his personal life. He had fans asking questions about his sexual orientation and relationship status after he appeared in the Australian prison drama, Wentworth as a transgender – a role he nailed perfectly. That notwithstanding, he remained tight-lipped about his status but clarified in an interview that he is heterosexual.
Amid speculations that he might be married, though there is no evidence, the best we can surmise is that he could be in a relationship but wants to keep it as private as he can.