Mirallegro in June 2013
|Born||26 January 1991|
Heywood, Greater Manchester, England
Nico Cristian Mirallegro (// MIRR-ə-LEG-roh) (born 26 January 1991) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Barry "Newt" Newton in the soap opera Hollyoaks (2007–2010), Finn Nelson in My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015), Joe Middleton in The Village (2013), and Johnjo O'Shea in Common (2014). Among his other film roles are Spike Island (2012), Anita B. (2014), and The Pass (2016).
Recognised in 2012 by Screen International as one of its "Stars of Tomorrow", he has been lauded as one of the United Kingdom's "most promising young actors". Among his award nominations are those for Best Actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards (2016, for Orpheus and Eurydice) and Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTA Awards (2014, for The Village).
Nico Cristian Mirallegro was born on 26 January 1991 in Heywood, Greater Manchester. His Italian father is from Sicily and his Irish mother, Maureen, is from Malin Head. He briefly attended a boarding school outside the UK, at which he was lonely and felt out of place. He also attended Siddal Moor Sports College in Heywood and the Manchester School of Acting. His parents are separated and his father lives in Spain, with Mirallegro moving there to live with him for a time as a teenager. He is conversational in Italian and Spanish.
Mirallegro says that he "fell into" acting in his mid-teens after following his sister Claudia to improv classes. At one of his first acting classes, he was "so scared [he] had to get one of the other lads to say [his] lines".
Mirallegro's first professional acting role came in 2007, after he was cast as emo teenager Newt in the long-running British soap opera Hollyoaks. Although he voluntarily left Hollyoaks after two years at age 18 to follow other acting projects, he was grateful for the opportunity to appear on the show: "Hollyoaks is where I learnt a lot of the craft, being in front of a camera six days a week. That's certainly an experience you don't get in drama school."
When filming for Hollyoaks, Mirallegro was also playing Cam Spencer in LOL, a web series which explored sex, drugs, and relationships. In 2010, Mirallegro appeared in an episode of the BBC drama series Moving On as a gay youngster who suffers bullying in school because of his sexuality. Beginning 2010, he appeared as an Italian foreign exchange student in nine episodes of the regular BBC series Doctors.
In December 2010, Mirallegro was in series one of the BBC One 1930s-period remake of Upstairs Downstairs. He portrayed a young footman called Johnny Proude, who took up a position in service to escape the poverty of the northern mining town where he was born. The BBC re-commissioned the production for a second series, in which he appeared again as Johnny. In the second series, his character appeared in a boxing tournament, requiring Mirallegro to take boxing lessons for the role. In 2011, Mirallegro appeared in the BBC's three-part psychological thriller Exile, playing the teenage version of leading character Tom Ronstadt. Later that year, he played Sam, a gay heroin addict in the BBC drama The Body Farm.
In 2013, he began playing Finn Nelson, the love interest of the main female character in E4's teen comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary. That same year, he also played the role of Joe Middleton in the BBC drama The Village. In 2014, Mirallegro portrayed a teenager prosecuted for murder under the Joint Enterprise law in the controversial BBC One production Common, written by Jimmy McGovern. Called "a bleak, powerful drama thick with political intent", a review started that Mirallegro "continues to prove himself as the best actor ever to graduate from Hollyoaks".
The 2015 television film The Ark told the story of Noah, along with elements from Islamic tradition. Mirallegro portrayed Kenan,[a] Noah's youngest (and extrabiblical) son, whose wish to follow a path different from his father and brothers results in his being swept away in the Great Flood. Mirallegro also starred in HBO's Virtuoso, directed and partially written by Alan Ball. Set in the 18th century, Mirallegro played a self-taught violin prodigy who travels to Vienna to learn with other young musicians.
In June 2017, Mirallegro acted in the BBC's BAFTA winning real-life drama Murdered for Being Different, about the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007. In 2019, it was confirmed he would be cast as an army soldier in the new series of the long-running BBC One drama Our Girl.
Mirallegro's first film, the short film Six Minutes of Freedom, was shot in 2009. He starred as a troubled teenager training to be a boxer while his father is in prison. The film was entered into four film festivals, and it won Best New Wave Short Film at the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival.
In the summer of 2010 Mirallegro finished filming for his role in McQueen the Movie. He played Sam, a Jewish boy who is one of the two protagonists of the story. The film is set in suburbia in the North of England in the 1990s.
Mirallegro portrayed a teenage lead guitarist in a full-length film set in the 1990s about the Manchester-formed rock band The Stone Roses. The film, Spike Island, was released in 2012. He called his time making Spike Island "six weeks of pure bliss."
Shooting for Socrates is a 2014 football drama telling "the underdog story of a Northern Ireland team who kick off their world cup against football giants Brazil. The game is a baptism of fire for [Mirallegro's] character, David Campbell, who makes his Northern Ireland debut in front of 50,000 people the day before his 21st birthday". The film's cast was recognized as talented, but reviews of the script were less positive.[b]
In January 2014, Mirallegro appeared at London's Royal Court Theatre in the drama The Pass, in which Russell Tovey plays a football player coming to terms with his homosexuality. Mirallegro reprised his comic role as a hotel bellboy in an "irrepressible performance" in a 2016 film adaptation of the work, which premiered at the BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival.
Since 2014, Mirallegro has performed in several BBC Radio 4 dramas, including as the eponymous male character in Orpheus and Eurydice. For this role he was nominated Best Actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2016. He was later cast as the protagonist in 79 Birthdays (2016) and as the son in Over Here, Over There (2016). The latter is a radio drama inspired by the plight of asylum seekers in the UK.
|2010||Six Minutes of Freedom||Chris||Short film|
|2010||McQueen, The Movie||Sam|
|2011||Wheels of Fortune||Ben||Short film|
|2014||Cold Comfort||Paul||Short film|
|2014||Shooting for Socrates||David Campbell|
|2014||A Gun||Durwin||Short film|
|2016||Cardboard Boy||Mark||Short film|
|2016||The Habit of Beauty||Ian|
|2017||Murdered for Being Different||Rob Maltby|
|2007–2010||Hollyoaks||Barry "Newt" Newton||Nominated – The British Soap Awards Best Newcomer|
Nominated – The British Soap Awards Best On-Screen Partnership (shared with Marc Silcock)
|2010||Doctors||Giovanni Mannasori||7 episodes|
|2010||Moving On||Jamie||Episode: "Losing My Religion"|
|2010–2012||Upstairs Downstairs||Johnny Proude|
|2011||The Body Farm||Sam Villiers||Episode 1.2|
|2012||Last Tango in Halifax||Young Alan||Episode 1.6|
|2013||The Village||Joe Middleton||Series 1|
Nominated – British Academy Television Awards for Best Supporting Actor
|2013–2015||My Mad Fat Diary||Finn Nelson||Series 1–3|
|2016||Rillington Place||Timothy Evans||3-part drama|
|2014||The Pass||Harry||Royal Court Theatre, London||Role reprised in 2016 film adaptation|
|2014||The Charlatans - "Talking in Tones"||Young Tim Burgess|
|2014||Tiny Ruins - "Carriages"||Stag|
|2014||My Dad Keith||Young Jeff||Written by Maxine Peake|
|2015||Orpheus and Eurydice||Orpheus||Nominated – BBC Audio Drama Awards for Best Actor|
|2016||Over Here, Over There||Son|
|2015||Nothing but Shadows||Narrator|
Awards and nominations
|2008||Nominated||The British Soap Awards||Best Newcomer||Hollyoaks||Barry "Newt" Newton|
|2009||Nominated||The British Soap Awards||Best On-Screen Partnership (shared with Marc Silcock)||Hollyoaks||Barry "Newt" Newton|
|2014||Nominated||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor||The Village||Joe Middleton|
|2016||Nominated||BBC Audio Drama Awards||Best Actor||Orpheus and Eurydice||Orpheus|
- According to the Quran (Hud v. 42–43), Noah had an unnamed son who refused to come aboard the Ark, instead preferring to climb a mountain, where he drowned. Some later Islamic commentators give his name as either Yam or Kan'an. This drama interprets his name as Kenan.
- "Shooting for Socrates is a "narrative that . . . sells its talented cast short – and that's not merely troublesome. It's fatal. . . . Fine actor though John Hannah is, his Billy Bingham is a blank slate with the wrong accent, and Nico Mirallegro fares little better, despite his best efforts."
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- "Rising British Male Actors Under 30". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
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- "Playing for the Other Team". theirishworld.com. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
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- "Actor Nico Mirallegro: 'I was ready for a new chapter'". belfasttelegraph.co.uk. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
- "Sue Terry Voice Over Agency". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
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- "Kym Marsh: 'Hollyoaks is in poor shape' – Hollyoaks News – Soaps". Digital Spy. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "The Village actor Nico Mirallegro: 'I'm a lot more normal in real life'". metro.co.uk. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- "LOL Cast – Nico Mirallegro as Cam Spencer". Lolseries.com. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "BBC One – Moving On, Series 2, Losing My Religion". BBC.co.uk. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Ex-'Hollyoaks' actor to guest in 'Doctors' – Doctors News – Soaps". Digital Spy. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Press Office – Upstairs Downstairs recommissioned for BBC One". BBC. 10 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "BBC One – Exile". BBC.co.uk. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "BBC One – The Body Farm, Episode 2". bbc.co.uk. 27 September 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "My Mad Fat Diary". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
- "The Village". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
- "Nico Mirallegro: 'It was hard to leave Hollyoaks, but I'm glad I did'". What's On TV. 1 July 2014.
- "Common review – a bleak, powerful drama thick with political intent". theguardian.com. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
- "The Ark (TV Movie 2015)". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "Virtuoso (TV Movie 2015)". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "Murdered for Being Different". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Six Minutes of Freedom Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Yellow Fever Indie Film Festival". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- Wright, Jade (26 March 2012). "New film to relive The Stone Roses' classic gig at Spike Island in Widnes – In The Mix Today – News". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Nico Mirallegro: From Hollyoaks to Upstairs | Interviews | Upstairs Downstairs | UK Drama | What's on TV". Whatsontv.co.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
- "Playing for the other team". theirishworld.com. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- ""FILM REVIEW: Shooting For Socrates. This "football film" tries to be topical and timely but sells its cast terribly short"". sis-sightsandsounds.blogspot.com. 24 June 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
- "The Pass, Review". theguardian.com. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- "The Pass – Royal Court Theatre". What's On Stage.
- "'The Pass': Review". screendaily.com. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
- "79 Birthdays". bbc.co.uk. 7 January 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- "Over Here, Over There". bbc.co.uk. 31 January 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
- "Once Upon a Smile Charity Match". FootballforCharity.com.
- "Fanzone News & Blogs". Manchester United. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Six Minutes of Freedom on IMDb
- Wheels of Fortune on IMDb
- Spike Island (2012) on IMDb
- Anita B. (2014) on IMDb
- Cold Comfort (2014) on IMDb
- Shooting for Socrates (2014) on IMDb
- A Gun (2014) on IMDb
- The Pass (2015) on IMDb
- Cardboard Boy on IMDb
- The Habit of Beauty (2016) on IMDb
- Hollyoaks (TV series 1995– ) on IMDb
- Doctors (TV series 2000– ) on IMDb
- Moving On (TV series 2009– ) on IMDb
- Upstairs Downstairs (TV series 2010–2012) on IMDb
- Exile (TV miniseries 2011) on IMDb
- The Body Farm (TV series 2011– ) on IMDb
- Last Tango in Halifax (TV series 2012– ) on IMDb
- The Village (TV series 2013– ) on IMDb
- My Mad Fat Diary (TV series 2013– ) on IMDb
- Common (TV movie 2014) on IMDb
- The Ark (TV movie 2015) on IMDb
- Virtuoso (TV movie 2015) on IMDb
- "Tim Roth and Samantha Morton to star in BBC One's Rillington Place". 20 March 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
- "The Pass – Review". The Guardian. 19 January 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Talking in Tones: Video Premiere". The Guardian. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- Tiny Ruins: Carriages on IMDb
- "BBC4, My Dad Keith". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- "BBC4, Orpheus and Eurydice". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "BBC4, 79 Birthdays". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "BBC Radio 4 Over Here, Over There". Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "BBC Radio 4 Blood, Sex and Money". Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Lol (TV series 2008– ) on IMDb
- "Narrator, Nothing but Shadows". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "British Soap Awards: Hollyoaks". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "British Soap Awards (2009)". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "Television Awards: Nominations Announced". BAFTA. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
- "BBC 2016 Audio Drama Awards Shortlist". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
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