Matt Di Angelo

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Matt Di Angelo
Born (1987-05-01) 1 May 1987 (age 27)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1997–present
Height 5 foot 7 inches
Partner(s) Flavia Cacace (2007-2010)

Mario Angelo Constantinou, professionally known as Matt Di Angelo (born 1 May 1987),[1] is an English actor and singer.

He is mostly known for playing fictional character Dean Wicks in the popular British soap EastEnders, as a participant in Strictly Come Dancing, and for his role of Sean Kennedy in the BBC series Hustle.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in London, England, Di Angelo attended Southgate School, and started studying acting, singing and dancing, at Boden Studios (Enfield/Barnet), and went on to Sylvia Young Theatre School.[citation needed] He started a BTEC in Performing arts but did not finish it.[citation needed] Di Angelo is of Greek and Irish descent.

Career[edit]

Di Angelo's first acting role was as Robbie in the television series Harbour Lights in the episode: "Rites of Passage" which first aired on 28 May 2000. Then he played Felix in the CBBC musical comedy series I Dream in 2004. This resulted in him making a few appearances in the Sunday morning children's TV show Smile. He appeared in the film Telling Lies in 2006.

That same year he got his best-known role as Deano Wicks in the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders where he made his first appearance on 2 January 2006. It was said that he was working in a shoe shop when he heard that he had got the part.[3] It was announced on 18 August 2007 that Di Angelo would be leaving EastEnders following the departure of Phil Daniels (who played his on-screen father Kevin Wicks). He described his departure as "a shock".[4] Di Angelo finished filming EastEnders 12 December 2007 and his last appearance in the series aired on 7 February 2008. He will return either in March or April 2014 [5]

Di Angelo's portfolio includes television commercials and modeling, and he has been a guest on a number of programmes, such as The Paul O'Grady Show, Saturday Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook, Hole In The Wall, Alan Carr's Celebrity Ding Dong, Weakest Link and The Friday Night Project'.

In 2007 he appeared in the fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing. His dance partner was Flavia Cacace. He appeared in the final, in which he was runner-up to singer Alesha Dixon.

Di Angelo competed with Cacace in the live tour of Strictly Come Dancing in January and February 2008. They won more shows than any other couple, coming first overall sixteen times and second a further ten times (out of a total of forty shows).[6]

From 11 December 2008 until 31 January 2009 he played the character of Hal in the play Loot in north London's Tricycle Theatre, then at Theatre Royal, Newcastle 3–7 February 2009.[7]

He played "Sean" in all six episodes of the 2009 series of the hit BBC1 series, Hustle. He played Fitz Kreiner in the Doctor Who audio play The Company of Friends.

Di Angelo confirmed on Something for the Weekend his participation in the upcoming film Function at the Junction. The status of this is unknown but according to the Brit Flick website he is still attached to the project.[8]

On 20 April 2009 Di Angelo's agent announced on their website [9] that he would be filming a guest lead in Casualty. This will be the series two-part finale 'No Fjords in Finland' which is due to air on Saturday 25 July and Saturday 1 August 2009. The agent advised that he was busy recording a new pilot show called Fried Brain Sandwich about a stand up comedian, to be directed by Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered and Drop the Dead Donkey).

On 21 July 2009 Di Angelo's agent announced on their website that he would be playing the lead role of Jack Stradler in the low-budget film Following Footsteps. He films throughout August for Perry Pictures.[10]

Earlier in the year Di Angelo supported 'A Night Less Ordinary' a free ticket scheme for young people launched by Arts Council England in February 2009.[11]

Di Angelo is a supporter of the 'Connected to British Films and TV Campaign' urging internet users to pay for their downloads.

In May 2010 Di Angelo was filming Whiskey Robber for Parallel Pictures and series 7 of Hustle.[12]

More recently, Di Angelo was cast as the voice-over for the giffgaff advert, sponsoring The Big Bang Theory on E4, which aired between February and May 2012.

In April 2012, industry trade daily Screen International announced Di Angelo had been cast as the lead in British crime thriller Two Days in the Smoke alongside Stephen Marcus, Alan Ford, Lili Bordan and Velibor Topic.[13]

In January 2014 it was confirmed Di Angelo would indeed be returning to EastEnders as Deano Wicks, his return is due this summer although no further details have been revealed.

Awards table[edit]

Year Group Award Result Film/Television series
2006 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Runner Up EastEnders
2007 British Soap Awards Sexiest Male Runner Up EastEnders

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2008 Telling Lies Derek
2010 Following Footsteps Jack Stadler
2012 Two Days in the Smoke Brad Walker

TV[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2000 Harbour Lights Robbie 1 episode: Rites of Passage
2004 I Dream Felix Series Regular
2006–2008, 2014–Present EastEnders Deano Wicks Series regular
2008 Dani's House Delivery Man 1 episode: Luck
2009–2012 Hustle Sean Kennedy Series Regular
2009 Casualty Tom 2 episodes: No Fjords in Finland (Parts 1 and 2)
2011 Death in Paradise Darren Moore 1 episode: Episode Two
2012—present Borgia Francesco Alidosi Recurring character

Radio[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2009 Doctor Who Fitz Kreiner (voice) 1 episode: The Company of Friends

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Matt Di Angelo". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 5 June 2008. "1st May 1987, London, UK" 
  2. ^ "Hustle: Episode 1". Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  3. ^ BBC – EastEnders – Characters & Cast – Matt Di Angelo. Bbc.co.uk (1970-01-01). Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  4. ^ "Leaving Enders is a shock", MyParkMag.co.uk, 29 August 2007
  5. ^ Deano to return from Down Under.
  6. ^ "Previous Winners". Strictly Come Dancing Live!. Retrieved 16 April 2008. [dead link]
  7. ^ Tricycle Theatre. Tricycle.co.uk (2012-06-12). Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  8. ^ Projects. Britflickproductions.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  9. ^ Rossmore Management. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  10. ^ Film News. Rossmore Management. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  11. ^ http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest/view/item104320/Stars-launch-A-Night-Less-Ordinary/
  12. ^ News. Rossmore Management. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.
  13. ^ Wilcock, Jessica. (2012-04-23) Matt Di Angelo to star in Two Days In The Smoke | News | Screen. Screendaily.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-20.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Matt Dawson and Lilia Kopylova
Strictly Come Dancing runner up
(with partner Flavia Cacace)

Series 5 (2007)
Succeeded by
Rachel Stevens and Vincent Simone