Money Heist season 3: Who is Rodrigo de la Serna? Who plays Palermo in La Casa de Papel?

Money Heist season three has returned to Netflix with a brand new series of the Spanish crime drama. Set primarily in Madrid, part three brings the cast of characters back for another heist orchestrated by mastermind Palermo (played by Rodrigo De la Serna). Here’s what you need to know about the new character and the Argentine actor who plays him.

Who plays Palermo in La Casa de Papel?

Money Heist season three sees the original heist gang reuniting after one of their own, Rio (played by Miguel Herran), is captured by the Panama authorities.

El Professor (Álvaro Morte) brings the gang back together to perform a new heist by stealing the gold in the Bank of Spain.

All of the surviving original team are back for the heist, including Tokyo (Úrsula Corberó) and Nairobi (Alba Flores).

Part three of the Spanish drama also introduces a new character to the fray in Palermo, the criminal mastermind behind the new heist.


Palermo is played by Argentine actor Rodrigo De la Serna in the Netflix series. 

The 43-year-old actor is best known for playing Alberto Granada in the 2004 adaptation of The Motorcycle Diaries.

In the film, he played Che Guevara’s travelling companion in the 1952 motorcycle tour of Latin America, winning an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for the film. 

De la Serna was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA as well as a Golden Globe for the role.

Viewers will also recognise the actor from his leading role Matías Franco in the Argentine miniseries El Lobista.

Palermo is introduced in season three through a number of flashbacks following what happened after the death of El Professor’s brother Berlin (Pedro Alonso) in series two.


That he was a key person in Berlin’s life becomes increasingly clear as Palermo appears to still be reeling from the death of Berlin.

He confronts El Professor about his role in Berlin’s death and whether he considered it would actually happen.

As one of the criminal masterminds behind the new heist, Palermo quickly becomes an integral member of the team in series three. 

However, he is also evidently a divisive character who rubs many of his fellow gang members up the wrong way throughout the season.


Whether or not Palermo will be back for another series has not yet been revealed but is clear his character is much loved by his fellow cast.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan France, Tokyo actor Úrsula Corberó said of Palermo: “He is a very particular character, with incredible energy that can go from drama to comedy with a snap of a finger and who can convince us.”

Series four of the Netflix drama has already been confirmed by the show’s creator Álex Pina.

According to Spanish publication elPeriódico, the creator said at a press conference back in June: “They’re a group of people who still have a lot to say.” will update this article as soon as we know anything more about Palermo’s future in the series.

Money Heist season 3 is currently streaming on Netflix.

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