New ‘Shooting For Socrates’ clip
posted by barbz       25 May       categories: movie: shooting for socrates      

Thanks to our lovely Irish friend from tumblr for sharing a new clip of Nico in Shooting For Socrates, that will premiere in a few weeks

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Nico to narrate ‘Nothing But Shadows’ audiobook
posted by barbz       22 May       categories: other projects      

Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments series, released a new audioboook with Nico as the narrator. She revealed it on her Tumblr;

More Cute Brown-Haired boys Read To You: Fun audiobook casting news! The terrifically talented Nico Mirallegro will read NOTHING BUT SHADOWS, the next audiobook in the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy series! Nico is best known for his roles in The Village, My Mad Fat Diary, Common and the recent British film Spike Island, and was selected in the 2012 Screen Stars of Tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear the recording (the audiobook is out next week)! :)

Nothing But Shadows is out Tuesday, and for some of you it’s already Tuesday! The story of James Herondale at Shadowhunter Academy, starring a little Will, a little Simon, a little Matthew, a little everyone…Sarah and I hope you like.

The audiobook will be available in a few days ^.^

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OUAS Grand Ball 2015
posted by barbz       3 May       categories: photos      

Nico attended last night the Once Upon A Smile Grand Ball 2015 at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. I uploaded a few images on the gallery ^^

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‘Shooting for Socrates’ review
posted by barbz       3 May       categories: movie: shooting for socrates      

There’s no shortage of football movies; the beautiful game has been given the silver screen treatment many times over, but rarely can a movie truly capture spirit of just how important football can be, not only to individuals but to whole communities.
Set in Northern Ireland, leading up to and during the 1986 Mexico World Cup and against the back drop of the Troubles, Shooting for Socrates splits its narrative between the Northern Irish team and soon to be ten-year-old Tommy, a young football loving lad from Belfast. Tommy (Art Parkinson) tries to make sense of the tumultuous events surrounding him through football as his tenth birthday approaches, while the team gear up for their historic David vs Goliath game against the Brazilian team, led by all-round genius Socrates de Souza.

This film is, in a word, charming. It’s interspersed with game and news footage from the actual events, and small details like framing and fonts give it a delightfully dated feel. The dialogue is witty and natural, and the focus on the people who love football means that even those with little interest in sports will fall in love with it.
What is truly remarkable, though, is how endearing and fully formed the characters are, which is no mean feat considering there are so many. Perhaps it’s made easier by the fact that many are based on real people, but nevertheless each one feels unique. Nico Mirallegro (My Mad Fat Diary) and Ciarán McMenamin, playing footballers David Campbell and Sammy McIlroy respectively, give great performances, as does Parkinson. Conleth Hill (playing sports journalist Jackie Fullerton) provides much of the comic relief, with John Hannah giving a solid performance as the grouchy team manager, Billy Bingham.
Though there are a few overly sentimental moments, the film is so otherwise charming those can be overlooked. All in all, Shooting for Socrates is a heart-warming little film, no doubt destined to join the likes of Bend It Like Beckham in the ranks of feel-good football films


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‘Common’ got a BAFTA nomination
posted by barbz       8 Apr       categories: BAFTA, tv: common      

Common is nominated at the British Academy Television Awards 2015 for ‘Single Drama in 2015′. Congratulations to all the cast and crew! You can see the rest of the nominations by clicking on the image below and here you can buy Common on DVD

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Nico for ‘The Independent ‘
posted by barbz       8 Apr       categories: photos      

A few days ago a new picture of Nico came up by photographer Charlie Forgham-Bailey. Now its available on the photogallery

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‘The Ark’ screencaps
posted by barbz       2 Apr       categories: tv: the ark      

I’ve uploaded 400+ screencaps of Nico on The Ark. They are not HQ but its the best quality I could find, enjoy!

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‘MMFD’ S3 Vlog P1
posted by barbz       31 Mar       categories: tv: mmfd, videos      

Here I copy a new video in which we can see Sharon vloggging about the experience of being back on the My Mad Fat Diary set with all the gang. We can’t wait to see the other parts, meanwhile, enjoy this one!

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The Guardian interview
posted by barbz       30 Mar       categories: interview      

Few actors make the leap from soaps to smart dramas but Mirallegro has graduated from Hollyoaks to BBC primetime and Bafta nominations. Meet the accidental pin-up who refuses to settle for any old role.
For every Guy Pearce or Jenna Coleman, there are a hundred Dean Gaffneys or Letitia Deans: actors who left the soaps that made them, only to become a Ricky Gervais punchline or hobble back after realising ego or expectation outweighed talent. No such danger for Nico Mirallegro. Less than five years after playing schizophrenic emo kid Newt in Hollyoaks, he’s picked up a Bafta nomination for Peter Moffat’s The Village and starred in dramas by Paul Abbott and his idol Jimmy McGovern. More recently, he landed a role in Virtuoso, the latest HBO series from Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood). Of more immediate concern for Mirallegro, however, is how to handle his unexpected new status as teen telly totty.

“I was walking down Oxford Street just now and some girls started pointing and screaming at me,” the 24-year-old says in his soft Mancunian accent. “Everyone was looking at me, like, what’s he done? I just walked on really quickly, then they tapped me on the shoulder and said they were from Hungary – screaming and shaking, they were. It’s weird, you don’t know how to react.”
He relates the tale with a mixture of wonder and embarrassment. These occasional stirrings of Nicomania stem from his breakout role as the object of desire Finn in My Mad Fat Diary, E4’s warm, acerbic Britpop-era coming-of-age saga, whose wrap parties are “mayhem; we don’t get a night out for five months of filming” and whose final series this summer is “the best yet, a lovely story of love and growing up. Life moves on for everyone.”

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2 new interviews + ‘The Ark’ stills
posted by barbz       28 Mar       categories: tv: the ark      

Here I copy two new short interviews about The Ark + some new promotional pictures.

BBC Interview

Can you start by telling us about The Ark and what part you play?
The Ark is a retelling of the classic tale of Noah and The Ark. I play Kenan, who is the youngest son of Noah who believes that there is more to life than his family and wants to become his own person.

What attracted you to this project?
The script was written by Tony Jordan, whose writing I love. I knew I had to be a part of this, especially as David Threlfall was signed onto the project, I thought it was a no-brainer. I wanted the part.

What was the most memorable day of filming and why?
There was a great day when I got to ride a beautiful horse through the desert and I just thought I am so lucky.

Was it surreal working on set prior to all the CGI and special effects?
Not really because I was actually acting with a lot of my surroundings around me so it felt really natural as it was all there.

Why do you think Kenan is so against what his father is doing?
Kenan is a very strong character within the story; he doesn’t want to follow the path that his brothers have taken. He wants a different life, to explore and see the world – something he hasn’t been able to do. I felt like he had something to prove by making his own way in the world. He loves his father and his family, but the time has come for him to grow up and become his own man and his father’s project is holding him back.

Do you think that if your faith was tested you would be able to carry on as Noah did?
Luckily I’ve never been tested like that, but if it happens, I hope I’d be able to carry on.

Irish examiner

Nico Mirallegro has said he had such a good time filming The Ark in Morocco that he came home with a bag full of spices – although he doesn’t know what any of them are. The new BBC drama sees former Hollyoaks star Nico playing Noah’s son Kenan in an adaptation of the Biblical tale, which filmed in a desert area of Morocco and meant that the actors got to try a lot of the local food.
He said: “We tried to eat out most nights. We had half an English crew and half a Moroccan crew on set so one of the Moroccan guys brought me a bin bag full of spices on the day I was leaving. I still don’t know what any of them are, but I’ll just think, ‘I’ll put a bit of that on my chicken tonight and see what that tastes like’.”
However, Nico wasn’t so enamoured with the costumes which were made of rough, sack-like material.
He said: “It was so itchy, especially in the heat. I was the only one who said, ‘No, it’s coming off, I’m taking it off.’ But to take it off I had another kind of towel wrapped around me and then I had a radio mic on, so to take it off required 20 minutes of preparation.” Nico also starred in period drama The Village, and in both that series and The Ark had to film scenes splashing around in the water – although he said the experiences couldn’t have been more different. “In The Village, it was November in Buxton at the highest possible peak of a mountain, where I think the water could have killed a man. This was Morocco in 30 degree heat, it was so perfect,” he explained. “I’m a really good swimmer, so if they do make The Ark 2, I might have survived. I’ve got to take swimming off my CV and put Olympic swimmer.”

The Ark begins on Monday March 30 on BBC One at 8.30pm.

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