Nico Mirallegro

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Nico Mirallegro
Nico Mirallegro 2013.jpg
Born Nico Cristian Mirallegro
(1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 24)
Heywood, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Nico Cristian Mirallegro (born 26 January 1991) is a British actor who played the role of Barry "Newt" Newton in the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks from 22 October 2007 until 25 June 2010. He currently plays the role of Finn Nelson in the E4 television series My Mad Fat Diary.

Personal life[edit]

His father is Sicilian and his mother is Anglo-Irish.[1] He has a younger sister called Claudia Marissa, born in 1992. He has been good friends with actors Elliott Tittensor and Luke Tittensor since he was sixteen. Mirallegro grew up in Heywood, Greater Manchester and attended Siddal Moor Sports College.[2]


A native of Manchester, he portrayed Newt, an emo teenager who is the foster child of Jack and Frankie Osborne in Hollyoaks. In a backstage video produced by Channel 4, Mirallegro insisted that he was nothing like his character. He wore a wig and fake lip-piercing to portray him.[1] Prior to winning the role, he was a student, starting in February 2007, at the Manchester School of Acting. At the same time as filming for Hollyoaks, he was also playing Cam Spencer in web series LOL, which explores sex, drugs and relationships.[3] In March 2010, the new producer of Hollyoaks, Paul Marquess, axed a string of characters in a bid to shake up the show. Mirallegro was not part of this cull; he left the show in September 2009 to work on other projects.[4] His last day of filming on Hollyoaks was 29 April 2010. His character Newt left the show on 25 June 2010, in a storyline about moving to Scotland to live with his mother and baby brother, Jensen.

Mirallegro appeared in a short film by Plato Films and All-Seeing Eye Productions, called Six Minutes of Freedom,[5] in July 2009, between filming for Hollyoaks. Mirallegro starred as a troubled teenager called Chris who is training to be a boxer. His real-life sister Claudia also makes an appearance. This film was entered into four film festivals. On 31 August 2010, Plato Films announced that Six Minutes of Freedom won Best New Wave Short Film at the Yellow Fever International. Six Minutes of Freedom was released for download on 12 January 2011, following a successful festival run in the summer of 2010. On 10 November 2010, Mirallegro appeared as a gay character called Jamie, who suffers bullying (because of his sexuality) in an episode of series two of the BBC drama series Moving On.[6][6] The episode was titled "Losing My Religion". Mirallegro appeared as a guest in nine episodes of the regular BBC series Doctors; this was announced on 7 June 2010 in an article by Digital Spy.[7] He appeared in the role of Italian foreign exchange student Giovanni Mannasorri, who arrived in Letherbridge to study at university. His first episode in this role was shown on 24 September 2010.

He finished filming for his role in McQueen the Movie by Bitter Sweet Pictures in the summer of 2010. He played Sam, a young Jewish boy who is one of the two main protagonists of the story. The film is set in suburbia in the North of England in the 1990s. From 26 to 28 December 2010, Mirallegro appeared in series one of BBC One 1930s period remake of Upstairs Downstairs. He played 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. In the first episode, Proude got into trouble with the police within his first week of service at 165 Eaton Place, and was sent away to a borstal, but returned in the third episode. On 10 February 2011, the BBC Press Office announced that the series has been re-commissioned for a further six episodes, which would be shown in 2012.[8]

In May 2011, Mirallegro appeared in the BBC's three-part psychological thriller Exile,[9] playing the teenage version of leading character Tom Ronstadt (played by John Simm). Later that same year, Mirallegro played the role of Sam, a gay heroin addict in the BBC drama The Body Farm.[10] Sam was a key witness in the central murder plot of the story. From 19 February to 25 March 2012, Mirallegro appeared again as Johnny Proude in series two of Upstairs Downstairs.[11] The episode which featured Mirallegro's character the most was "All The Things You Are", which showed Johnny Proude in training to take part in a boxing competition, and gave some hint of his fears about becoming a soldier in World War II.[12] Mirallegro appeared as teenage lead guitarist Dodge, in a full-length film about The Stone Roses called Spike Island, which was released in November 2012.[13][14]

In the 2013 BBC drama The Village, Mirallegro played Joe Middleton, a farmer's son who leaves his Derbyshire village to fight in World War I.[15] He was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for this role in April 2014.[16] He is currently appearing as Finn Nelson in E4's teenage comedy drama My Mad Fat Diary, which began airing on 14 January 2013. In January 2014, he appeared at the Royal Court Theatre in the drama The Pass, which also starred Russell Tovey as a football player coming to terms with his homosexuality.[17] On 6 July 2014, he starred as a teenager prosecuted for murder under the joint endeavour law in BBC One drama Common by Jimmy McGovern.[18]

Charity work[edit]

Mirallegro has played in celebrity football teams over the past six years, for various charities including Help For Heroes and Once Upon a Smile. The charity football events mainly take place during the summer season and are usually played in the North of England and the Midlands, with occasional games in London or Brighton.[19] In 2012, Mirallegro completed a charity swimathon with his The Village co-star Neil Jackson.


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Six Minutes of Freedom Chris Short film
2011 Wheels of Fortune Ben Short film
2012 Spike Island Dodge
2014 Anita B. David
2014 Shooting for Socrates David Campbell
2014 Tiny Ruins: Carriages Stag Music video
2014 Cardboard Boy Short film
2014 Talking in Tones The Charlatans Music video
Year Title Role Notes
2007–10 Hollyoaks Barry "Newt" Newton Series regular
2010 Doctors Giovanni Mannasori Recurring; 7 episodes
2010 Moving On Jamie Episode: "Losing My Religion"
2010–12 Upstairs Downstairs Johnny Proude Series regular
2011 Exile Teenage Tom Series regular
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 regular (series one)
2013–present My Mad Fat Diary Finn Nelson Main character
2014 Common Johnjo O'Shea Tv awards and nominations

2015 The Ark

Year Nominated work Award Results
2008 Hollyoaks British Soap Award for Best Newcomer Nominated
2009 Hollyoaks British Soap Award for Best On-Screen Partnership (shared with Marc Silcock) Nominated
2014 The Village British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Nico Mirallegro (Hollyoaks' Newt) Interview". 29 July 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Heywood actor in line for Bafta". 16 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "LOL Cast - Nico Mirallegro as Cam Spencer". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kym Marsh: 'Hollyoaks is in poor shape' - Hollyoaks News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Six Minutes of Freedom Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "BBC One - Moving On, Series 2, Losing My Religion". 19 August 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ex-'Hollyoaks' actor to guest in 'Doctors' - Doctors News - Soaps". Digital Spy. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Press Office - Upstairs Downstairs recommissioned for BBC One". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "BBC One - Exile". 28 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "BBC One - The Body Farm, Episode 2". 27 September 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "BBC One - Upstairs Downstairs - Episode guide". 1 January 1970. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "BBC One - Upstairs Downstairs, Series 2, All the Things You Are". 15 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Nico Mirallegro: From Hollyoaks to Upstairs | Interviews | Upstairs Downstairs | UK Drama | What's on TV". Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "The Village Press Pack" (PDF). BBC Press Office. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "BAFTA Television - Supporting Actor". 
  17. ^ "The Pass - Royal Court Theatre". What's On Stage. 
  18. ^ "Nico Mirallegro: ‘It was hard to leave Hollyoaks, but I’m glad I did’". What's On TV. 1 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Once Upon a Smile Charity Match". 

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