João Miguel (actor)

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João Miguel
João Miguel Serrano Leonelli

(1970-01-01) January 1, 1970 (age 49)
Years active2004–present

João Miguel Serrano Leonelli (born January 1, 1970) is a Brazilian actor, screenwriter and director. He has appeared in more than twenty films since 2004.


João Miguel was born in Salvador, Bahia. He is the son of the politician Domingos Leonelli and the artist Magali Serrano.[1]


He began his acting career at the age of 9 on television, in Nonato Freire's " The Web" With 13 or 14 years, he debuts as main actor in the play "A Viagem de um Barquinho", directed by Petinha Barreto and with the participation of Leninha Barreto. Later he worked in the circus and, along with street children, presented pieces in schools, public hospitals and favelas of Salvador and the interior of Bahia. At age 17, he went to Rio de Janeiro and had his training as an actor in the Casa de Arte das Laranjeiras, where he met Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos, actor and director of Group Piolim. He then went to João Pessoa, where he perfected his circus art with Luiz Carlos, and then traveled in Brazil and in the world following the piece "O Vau da Sarapalha".

After much work, he was finally consecrated with the monologue Bishop, who tells the story of the Sergipean artist Arthur Bispo do Rosário, which he staged for years in several Brazilian cities. He received the invitation of director Marcelo Gomes to star in the film Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, with which he won many awards, including at the Cannes Film Festival. The actor himself considers it one of the best movies he has ever done. Today, he has more than 20 feature films and several television specials, including his first participation in a novel, Cordel Encantado, João Miguel is one of the most talented and versatile actors of his generation, as critics point out.[2][3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Xingu Claudio Villas-Bôas
Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica Gustavo
À Beira do Caminho João
2009 Se Nada Mais Der Certo Wilson
2007 Estômago Nonato
2006 Suely in the Sky João
2005 Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures Ranulpho
Lower City Edvan
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Casos e Acasos
2011/2015 Força-Tarefa Carlos Henrique 2015 was a shortened, re-airing special of the third season of the series.
2014 A Teia Jorge Macedo/Carlos
2015 Felizes para Sempre? Hugo Drummond
2016 3% Ezequiel
2018 Assédio Odair José Miranda


  1. ^ "Ator baiano João Miguel ganha prêmio Shel de teatro em São Paulo" (in Portuguese). iBahia.
  2. ^ Mauricio Stycer. "Especial da Globo ganha apelido de "Festival João Miguel"" (in Portuguese). UOL.
  3. ^ Bianca Kleinpaul. "João Miguel fala sobre 'Estômago', que estréia na próxima sexta, e seu papel em 'Bonitinha mas ..." (in Portuguese). O Globo Online.
  4. ^ "Entre o sertão e o abismo" (in Portuguese). Revista Trópico.

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