Max Minghella

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Max Minghella
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Minghella in 2017
Max Giorgio Choa Minghella

(1985-09-16) 16 September 1985 (age 36)
Hampstead, London, England
Years active1999–present

Max Giorgio Choa Minghella (born 16 September 1985)[1] is an English actor, film producer, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his roles in the films Syriana (2005), Art School Confidential (2006), Elvis and Anabelle (2007), The Social Network (2010), The Ides of March (2011), The Internship (2013), Horns (2013), and Spiral (2021), as well as his role as Nick Blaine in the television series The Handmaid's Tale (2017–present), which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2021.

Early life and education[edit]

Minghella was born in Hampstead, London, the son of director Anthony Minghella (1954–2008) and dancer and choreographer Carolyn Jane Choa.[2] His father was born in Ryde, Isle of Wight, and was of Italian descent, and his mother was born in Hong Kong.

Minghella spent time on his father's film sets while growing up, of which he has "fond memories" and has said that he felt "no pressure" by his father to succeed in the entertainment industry.[3] He was educated at St Anthony's Preparatory School and University College School in Hampstead. He then attended Columbia University, which he considered his "first priority", and studied history,[4] graduating in 2009. He typically worked on films only during his summer break. He said that he felt like "an English boy at an American school", that he kept to himself, and that most of his fellow students did not know that he was an actor.[5][6]

Ancestry and ethnicity[edit]

Minghella's father was born on Isle of Wight and is of Italian descent, whereas her mother was from Hong Kong from a family of multiple heritage. His maternal grandfather George Choa was of three-quarters Chinese and one-quarter Jewish descent, and his maternal grandmother Maisie Nora (née Kotewall)[7][5] was of Chinese, English, Parsi, Irish and Swedish ancestry.

Olympic swimmer Robyn Lamsam is his second cousin through the Kotewalls.


Minghella was inspired to become an actor during his late teenage years, after seeing a production of the play This Is Our Youth in London's West End; he subsequently dropped out of the University College School to pursue an acting career, and attended the National Youth Theatre.[4] He did not always want to become an actor. He said: "I thought it was sort of embarrassing to say you wanted to be an actor – it was, like, uncool. And growing up I was massively concerned with seeming cool. I thought up until about age 16 that I was going to be a music video director."[8]

Minghella had an uncredited appearance as an extra in his father's film Cold Mountain.[9] His first professional role was in Bee Season, playing the son of a dysfunctional Jewish American family. The film was released in November 2005 to mostly mixed reviews and low box office, grossing only $1 million in its limited release,[10][11] although critics remarked that Minghella was "a talented young actor to watch, delivering a strong performance".[12]

Minghella's other November 2005 role was the political thriller Syriana in which he played the son of George Clooney's CIA agent character. In 2006, he starred in the Daniel Clowes adaptation Art School Confidential, a comedy directed by Terry Zwigoff. He got the part after meeting Zwigoff when he visited the set of Bee Season.[5] His film Elvis and Anabelle, a dark romantic drama in which he plays an undertaker's son, premiered at the South by Southwest film festival in 2007. He described it as "a really sweet film".[5] He was to play Art Bechstein in the film version of writer Michael Chabon's novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, but dropped out of the project due to his university schedule.[13]

The press reported in 2007 that Minghella was cast in Beeban Kidron's Hippie Hippie Shake, a film about writer Richard Neville set in 1960s London.[14] In March 2008, it was announced that he would star in Alejandro Amenábar's second English language film, Agora.[15] The film is set in 4th century Egypt and revolves around Hypatia of Alexandria. Later in 2008, Minghella played a pompous film director in How to Lose Friends & Alienate People, and was seen in a segment of the dark comedy Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.[16]

In David Fincher's The Social Network, the 2010 film about the origins of Facebook,[17] he plays Divya Narendra, one of the Harvard upperclassmen who sues Mark Zuckerberg for stealing the idea behind Facebook. In June 2010, Minghella was cast in the Russian science-fiction film The Darkest Hour, released in December 2011.[18] He appeared in the ensemble dramedy 10 Years (2012). The following year, he had a supporting role as Graham Hawtrey in the comedy The Internship.

In November 2013, it was announced that Minghella would be playing Richie Castellano in the second season of the Fox sitcom The Mindy Project.[19] In 2013, he appeared in the music video for "Shot at the Night" by The Killers.[20]

Minghella has been playing the role of Nick Blaine, an Eye in Gilead and the love interest of June Osborne, in Hulu dystopian series The Handmaid's Tale since 2017. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2021.[21]

Minghella made his directorial debut with 2018's Teen Spirit, a musical, from his own screenplay.[22]

Minghella will next star in the 2022 film Babylon.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Toy Boys Danny Short film
1999 Let the Good Times Roll Boy with dog Short film
2005 Bee Season Aaron Naumann
2005 Syriana Robby Barnes
2006 Art School Confidential Jerome Platz
2007 Elvis and Anabelle Elvis
2008 How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Vincent Lepak
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Kevin (Subject No. 28)
2009 Agora Davus
2010 The Social Network Divya Narendra Hollywood Film Festival for Ensemble of the Year
Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2011 The Ides of March Ben Harpen Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
2011 10 Years AJ
2011 The Darkest Hour Ben
2013 The Internship Graham Hawtrey
2013 Horns Lee Tourneau
2014 About Alex Isaac
2014 Not Safe for Work Thomas Miller
2015 Into the Forest Eli
2016 The 9th Life of Louis Drax Screenwriter and producer
2016 Fluffy Mark Mason Short film
2018 Teen Spirit Director and screenwriter
2021 Spiral Detective William Schenk
2022 Babylon Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2013–2017 The Mindy Project Richie Castellano 7 episodes
2017–present The Handmaid's Tale Nick Blaine Main role


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  16. ^ McLovin/Red Mist Becomes Evil Ed in 'Fright Night' Redo!! Archived 24 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
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  20. ^ Coulehan, Erin (27 September 2013). "The Killers Give Lovers a Chance in 'Shot at the Night'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  21. ^ Barlow, Eve. "Interview: Max Minghella, who plays Nick in the Handmaid's Tale, is the enigmatic Brit in LA about to make his directorial debut".
  22. ^ Lodderhose, Diana (30 January 2017). "Max Minghella Teams With 'La La Land' Producer For Directorial Debut 'Teen Spirit' – Berlin".
  23. ^ Kit, Borys. "Max Minghella, Flea, Samara Weaving Join Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie in 'Babylon'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 June 2021.

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