Nico Mirallegro was born 26 January 1991 in Manchester, England, to an Italian father and Anglo-Irish mother. He attended The Manchester school of Acting for 3 years. He is best known for his roles in The Village, My Mad Fat Diary, Common and the recent British film Spike Island. Nico was selected in the 2012 Screen stars of tomorrow.
Mirallegro is a BAFTA Award-nominated performer who has appeared in television, film, radio drama, and theatre. Recognized 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.” Growing up in Greater Manchester, Mirallegro attended the Manchester School of Acting as a teenager, and came to public attention after being chosen at age sixteen for his role in Hollyoaks.
Among his films are Six Minutes of Freedom (2010), Wheels of Fortune (2011), Spike Island (2012), Anita B. (2014), Shooting for Socrates (2014), Cold Comfort (2014), A Gun (2014), The Pass (2016) (reprising his 2014 stage role), Cardboard Boy (2016), and The Habit of Beauty (2016).
Mirallegro performed major roles in the BBC Radio 4 dramas Orpheus and Eurydice (2015), and 79 Birthdays (2016).
Among his award nominations are those for Best Actor, BBC Audio Drama Awards (2016, for Orpheus and Eurydice), and Best Supporting Actor, British Academy (BAFTA) Television Award (2014, for The Village)”.
“Looking back on his teenage years, he describes himself as ‘quite rebellious’. ‘I was quite naughty with my mum. We just used to argue and I’d run out of the house and leave home. That was partly why I went to live with my dad in Spain in my early teens. I was a very active child, so when I was bored, I’d let her know.'” Due to Italian being his father’s native language, and the time Mirallegro spent living on the continent, he has conversational fluency in Italian and Spanish.
Mirallegro “fell into” acting in his mid-teens after following his sister Claudia to improvisation classes. At one of his first acting classes, he said in an interview, “I was so scared I had to get one of the other lads to say my lines.”
He is a supporter of Manchester United F.C.
Mirallegro’s first professional acting role came in 2007, after he successfully auditioned to portray Newt, an emo teenager in the long-running British soap-opera Hollyoaks. Although he voluntarily left Hollyoaks after two years at age eighteen to follow other acting projects, Mirallegro 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 as a gay youngster who suffers bullying in school because of his sexuality; his appearance came in an episode of series two of the BBC drama series Moving On.
Beginning as well in 2010, he appeared as a guest in nine episodes of the regular BBC series Doctors. In the episodes he played the role of an Italian foreign exchange student.
In December 2010, Mirallegro was in series one of 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 (played by John Simm). Later in the same year Mirallegro played the role of Sam, a gay heroin addict in the BBC drama The Body Farm.
In 2013 he portrayed Finn Nelson, the love interest of the main female character in E4’s popular teenage comedy drama 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 continued: “Nico 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 from the Hebrew Bible, along with elements from Islamic tradition. Mirallegro portrayed Kenan[b] 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.