For a lot of teenagers, Nico Mirallegro will always be Newt, the troubled Hollyoaks student whose storylines included living in foster care, a suicide pact and dealing with schizophrenia. But the 23-year-old Manchester-born actor has come a long way from Chester.
Tonight he’s playing the lead role in Jimmy McGovern’s new thought-provoking drama Common, but you might also recognise him from roles in My Mad Fat Diary, The Village and Upstairs Downstairs…
Mirallegro plays Johnjo O’Shea in tonight’a crime drama, a teenager who is put on trial for murder after driving three older friends to a pizza parlour where a man is killed.
The Village (2013)
The first series of BBC1’s village-set historical drama saw Mirallegro play Joe Middleton, a farm boy who is sent off to fight in the First World War.
My Mad Fat Diary (2013-)
Mirallegro plays Finn in E4’s 90s-set comedy, a teenager who later becomes the love interest of the show’s star Rae Earl.
Upstairs Downstairs (2010-12)
BBC1’s period drama starred Mirallegro as Johnny Proude, a 16-year-old servant who chose a life in domestic service over a life in the mines.
Mirallegro’s first role was as Newt, the troubled foster child of Jack and Frankie Osborne.
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