Carlo Rota


Date Of Birth

April 17, 1961


British-Italian actor Carlo Rota was born on April 17, 1961 in London, England. His father was a world-renowned chef, and thus he grew up in different places across the world, instilling in him a taste for fine cuisine. He actually worked in the culinary industry for many years before suddenly deciding to switch careers and become an actor. He made his acting debut in 1992, playing a bit role in Street Legal, and later appeared in many television shows and films. He made his film debut in 1993, playing another bit role in the biopic Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. He also appeared in television shows such as Forever Knight, Viper, The Sentinel, Highlander: The Raven and a recurring role in the award-winning Canadian series Traders.

Rota achieved fame when he snagged a recurring role in the surprise hit series, La Femme Nikita. For three years and in seven episodes, he played creepy terrorist informant Mick Schtoppel. He continued playing numerous guest roles, in shows such as Total Recall 2070, Earth: Final Conflict, Doc, Relic Hunter and Adventure Inc. He then starred in the American adaptation of the British series Queer as Folk, playing the role of Gardner Vance, the senior partner of advertising executive Brian Kinney (Gale Harold).

Rota’s more recent roles include those for the acclaimed Canadian musical drama At the Hotel, as arrogant but brilliant computer scientist Morris O’Brian in the action series 24, and in another Canadian series, the comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie, where he plays one of the male leads. Because of his experience in the culinary business, he is also the host of the Great Canadian Food Show, where he tours the country in search of its delicacies; it has won the James Beard Award for its excellence in culinary journalism.

Place of Birth

London, England

Birth Name

Carlo Rota



Fun Facts

He loves motorcycles and enjoys traveling.

He married 24 co-star Nazneen Contractor on April 1, 2010.


He won the Honorable Mention award for Best Actor for Othello in 2008.


2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV Series)
2013 Splinter Cell: Blacklist (Video Game)
2013 Cracked (TV Series)
2013 Beverly Hills Cop (TV Movie)
2013/I The Golden Ticket (Short)
2012 Hawaii Five-0 (TV Series)
2012 World Without End (TV Mini-Series)
2012 Pegasus Vs. Chimera (TV Movie)
2012 Thundercats (TV Series)
2012 Nikita (TV Series)
2011 Sanctuary (TV Series)
2011 Man on the Train
2011 The Mentalist (TV Series)
2011 Breaking Bad (TV Series)
2011 Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy
2011 Rehab
2011 Bones (TV Series)
2007-2011 Little Mosque on the Prairie (TV Series)
2010-2011 Goldilocks (TV Series)
2011 Human Target (TV Series)
2010 The Day the Old Man Knocked (Short)
2010 The Good Guys (TV Series)
2010/III The Conversation (Short)
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles (TV Series)
2010 CSI: NY (TV Series)
2010 Love Letters (TV Movie)
2010 Son of a Don (Short)
2009 Castle (TV Series)
2009 SGU Stargate Universe (TV Series)
2009 White Collar (TV Series)
2009 Shark City
2009 Mortimer (Short)
2006-2009 24 (TV Series)
2008 Saw V
2008 Othello the Tragedy of the Moor (TV Movie)
2008 Shark (TV Series)
2008 Cold Play
2007 Small Potatoes (Short)
2006 I Am an Apartment Building (TV Short)
2006 At the Hotel (TV Series)
2006 Time Bomb (TV Movie)
2006 This Is Wonderland (TV Series)
2005/I Cake
2005 The Last Hit
2005 Horsie's Retreat
2004 Show Me Yours (TV Series)
2002-2004 Queer as Folk (TV Series)
2004 Christine Cushing Live (TV Series)
2003 The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John
2003 Veritas: The Quest (TV Series)
2003 Street Time (TV Series)
2002 Adventure Inc. (TV Series)
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery (TV Series)
2002 Countdown (Short)
2002 Rock My World
2002 Recipe for Murder (TV Movie)
2001 Rough Air: Danger on Flight 534 (TV Movie)
2000-2001 Relic Hunter (TV Series)
2001 On Their Knees
2001 Doc (TV Series)
1997-2001 La Femme Nikita (TV Series)
2001 A Colder Kind of Death (TV Movie)
2000/I Passengers (Short)
2000 Phantom of the Megaplex (TV Movie)
2000 Trapped in a Purple Haze (TV Movie)
2000 Mission to Mars
2000 Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (TV Movie)
2000 Catch a Falling Star (TV Movie)
2000 Canada: A People's History (TV Series)
1999 Have Mercy
1999 Jigsaw (Video)
1999 The Last Witness (TV Movie)
1999 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (TV Series)
1999 The Boondock Saints
1999 Bonanno: A Godfather's Story (TV Movie)
1999 Earth: Final Conflict (TV Series)
1999 Total Recall 2070 (TV Series)
1999 Murder in a Small Town (TV Movie)
1998 Black Harbour (TV Series)
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (TV Movie)
1998 Highlander: The Raven (TV Series)
1998 Clutch
1996-1998 Traders (TV Series)
1997 Small Potatoes: A Cautionary Comedy (Short)
1997 City of Dark
1997 The Wrong Guy
1996 The Sentinel (TV Series)
1996 Viper (TV Series)
1996 Joe's Wedding
1996 Maximum Risk
1996 Forever Knight (TV Series)
1995 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV Series)
1995 Down Came a Blackbird (TV Movie)
1995 First Degree (Video)
1995 Friends at Last (TV Movie)
1994 L'age des images III: Comment filmer Dieu (Video)
1994 TekWar: TekLab (TV Movie)
1993 Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould
1993 Matrix (TV Series)
1993 Counterstrike (TV Series)
1992 Street Legal (TV Series)


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