Actor, filmmaker, and linguist Liam Sharpe is poised to be one of the most talked about antagonist of 2023, playing the role of "Oliver" as one of the leads for Amazon's first Latin American Western, 'The Head of Joaquín Murrieta." The well-traveled language expert and thespian also founded Sharpe Studios working out of the Bay area and has worked on countless projects including filmmaking, podcasting, photography videography, voiceover work and more.
"The Head of Joaquín Murrieta" tells the story of a historical Mexican figure who gave battle to the Americans during the Gold Rush. On the newly drawn border between Mexico and the United States, an all-out war was waged due to the Gold Rush, the series is fueled by greed, anger and xenophobia. In New California, a group of immigrants, bandits and natives join forces, thus creating the myth of the Latin American Robin Hood: Joaquín Murrieta.
Initiating one of Amazon's most ambitious titles ever in Latin America, "La cabeza de Joaquín Murrieta," is the region's first Western Amazon Original series, Amazon Prime Video announced Tuesday. Set in 1851 around the Mexico-US border, the series episodes are directed by Humberto Hinojosa Ozcariz ("El Candidato," "Luis Miguel, The Series") and David Pablos, fresh of his success with "Dance of the 41," and director of "The Chosen Ones," selected for Cannes' Un Certain Regard). Liam brings to life the villain 'Oliver' the main antagonist in this gritty wild west series.
Growing up in the Bay area, Liam was exposed to many cultures and backgrounds at a young age and sparked his love for learning languages. Now fluent in 7 languages including English, German, Spanish, Portages, French, Italian and Mandarin, Liam learned the majority of the languages between the ages of 14-20. Liam abroad as a teen in Germany, and then traveled to Ecuador and taught at an alternative school when he was 18 before moving to China at 19 where he learned Mandarin. Liam would eventually graduate from UC Santa Cruz and begin working as an electrical design engineer for a solar company before moving to Germany to earn his masters.
Liam's intro to the entertainment industry came later in life when he started working with a voice coach for singing. His coach at the time thought he should try voice acting and Liam began taking sessions with him. Liam went on to begin voice acting and narrating for LOOPER in Germany before moving back to the US where he would continue to build his resume with commercial work and independent films. Liam took his experience from his past work and created Sharpe Studios who help local and national talent by creating promo content and producing music videos.
When Liam is not busy acting, producing or perfecting the multiple languages he speaks, he loves staying fit by playing soccer and tennis, he even tried out to be a goalkeeper for the Los Angeles Galaxy. Liam is also an avid lover of travel and exploring other cultures