New project: “The Habit of Beauty”
posted by barbz       9 Feb       categories: movie: the habit of beauty      

According to several Italian websites, Nico has recently joined the cast of The Habit of Beauty, a film that will be directed by Mirko Pincelli. The filming will start next 23th February in Italy and also it will be filmed in London. Here I copy the synopsis:

Set in London immediately after the riots of 2011 The Habit of Beauty is a harsh reflection on the senseless rat race and the effect it has: on ourselves, our young people and the world around us. Shot in London and Italy The Habit of Beauty is a film about beauty, what it means today and how it affects four Londoners, two English and two Italians. Seemingly worlds apart, our protagonists come together when Ernesto, a successful fashion photographer, disappears. Finding him will change all their lives

As soon as more information is found, will be posted here! And congrats Nico!

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Fan Scrapbook
posted by barbz       4 Feb       categories: other      

Our dear friend Tammy is doing another scrapbook to give to Nico this year. If you want to participate, here is how:

You can either send stuff to my email, through messages here (this tumblr), on my twitter @tammyberrington or through post. If you would like to send handwritten notes, contact me for the address.

And don’t forget to check the pictures of the first scrapbook :)

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‘My Mad Fat Diary’ season 3 final + started filming
posted by barbz       4 Feb       categories: tv: mmfd      

The upcoming third series of My Mad Fat Diary will be its last, Channel 4 has announced.

The comedy-drama begins filming for its final run of three hour-long episodes this week and will air on E4 this summer.
The third series is set in 1998 and sees Rae Earl (Sharon Rooney) about to embark on “the biggest summer since records began” with her friends: Chloe (Jodie Comer), Chop (Jordan Murphy), Izzy (Ciara Baxendale), Archie (Dan Cohen) and new addition Katie (Faye Marsay).
Rae’s love interest Finn (Nico Mirallegro) will also return, along with Claire Rushbrook as Rae’s mother Linda and Ian Hart as her therapist Dr Kester. Rae has found happiness but changes are coming, with Chloe looking into attending business school, Finn looking for a quieter life and university applications on the horizon. Rae meets a new friend who forces her to change her perspective and question her life’s ambition.
Channel 4 head of drama Piers Wenger said: “My Mad Fat Diary has touched the hearts of the E4 audience and it is with both sadness and pride that we announce filming on the third and final series.
“But anyone expecting Rae Earl to go quietly will be sorely mistaken. We’re delighted to welcome back Mad Fat’s exceptional cast, led by Sharon Rooney, as Rae faces her greatest challenges yet.” Rooney added: “It has been a privilege to tell Rae’s story. My Mad Fat Diary has been a huge part of my life, and, although I am sad that this amazing rollercoaster ride is almost over, it’s not over yet. We have more drama, more tears and more rude bits to bring you. “The support of the E4 audience has been amazing, and I couldn’t have done it without them. So, in the words of Rae, ‘LET’S DO THIS’.”
The new series, which is adapted from Earl’s real-life diaries and book My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, is written by George Kay.

Synopsis : Rae Earl is boss. Drinking, dancing and dating the hottest guy in the North – Rae has life as a teenager nailed. However, change is on the horizon as the gang grows up. Chloe has ambitions to attend business school, Finn wants to settle down and the spectre of university applications looms large. A new friend for Rae also forces her to see everything differently. As Rae struggles to maintain the status quo, will she be left behind or embrace the biggest adventure yet?

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I also added some new pictures of the cast on set and at the reading;

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New project: the Musical Drama ‘Virtuoso’
posted by barbz       29 Jan       categories: tv: virtuoso      

Here I copy some information from the Hollywood Reporter article about this new series in which Nico will appear. Congrats N!

The prolific writer-producer Alan Ball, who developed True Blood for TV, is back at the premium cable network HBO with Virtuoso, a Fame-like musical drama that has received a pilot pickup, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ball will write, exec produce and direct Virtuoso, an hourlong period drama set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna. Virtuoso follows a class of young musical prodigies from all over Europe at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence.
Elton John and his husband, David Furnish, are on board to produce alongside Ball and his partner and frequent collaborator Peter Macdissi, who will also star. Ball, Macdissi and John’s Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton-Shaw created the pilot story. Ball penned the script. All five will exec produce. Production on the pilot will take place in the spring in Budapest.
Macdissi, who has had onscreen roles on Banshee, True Blood and Six Feet Under, will star as Salieri, an accomplished composer and conductor who is appointed by the dying Emperor Joseph I to start the university to honor Joseph’s legacy. Iva Babic will play Leonid, a Russian cello prodigy. Francois Civil will portray Isidoro, a guitar and flute prodigy who was brought up in a rural beach town in Spain with no formal music training.
Lindsay Farris will play Heinrich, an Austrian piano prodigy; Nico Mirallegro will be Franz, a self-taught violin prodigy who comes from nothing; and Alex Lawther will portray Battista, a Castrato prodigy who comes from a poor farming family in Florence but has had free education thanks to his singing ability.

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My Mad Fat Diary to return for third series in 2015
posted by barbz       22 Dec       categories: tv: mmfd      

A new season of My Mad Fat Diary has been NOW confirmed by their official twitter account and by Sharon!

My Mad Fat Diary is to return for a third series, Channel 4 has confirmed.
The Bafta-nominated drama is expected to return to E4 in the New Year. Based on the book My Fat, Mad Teenage Diary, the drama follows the life of Rachel ‘Rae’ Earl as she deals with body image issues, mental health problems and an unsupportive mother.
Channel 4 has yet to confirm when the award-winning drama will return in 2015 and they start filming in January.

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Christmas Project
posted by barbz       1 Dec       categories: nmweb      

So this year and in collaboration with Nico Mirallegro Italia, we created a little project to donate to two different charities: OUAS and the Manchester and Chesire Dogs Home. We got our inspiration from our fellow Scodders that launched a similar project for Mind and we thought it is an incredible idea to do with some of the organizations that Nico supports as a gift for Christmas. The donations are made through (which is an online platform for charity giving, totally safe and trustable) and they go entirely to the charity. Here is the info you need to participate:

  • In this page you have both links to the projects (you need to click on the lateral images). In the JustGiving profiles for the donations, you have some extra information about the charity.
  • Here you can see Roberta explaining the project
  • We are giving away among the donators two autographs (one for each project – that Nico kindly signed for us and that Tammy sent ♥) when we reach our targets so it is essential to put your name and twitter user (if you want to participate in the giveaway, of course) in the comments when you donate ( :
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    How cute are they, uh?

  • It is very easy to donate and you can do it using a credit card (don’t forget to ask permission if you’re using your moms !!!!) and any quantity is very much appreciated (just 1£ is perfect!)
  • You can follow the twitter we made for project for any doubts or information

Thank you so much for reading about the project and a huge hug if you’re planning on donate. Feel free to ask anything on twitter if you have any doubts or problems! ( :

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Listen to “My Dad Keith”
posted by barbz       29 Nov       categories: radio: my dad keith      

This programme is already available on BBC Radio 4! Go there by clicking here and enjoy (:

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“My Dad Keith” broadcast tomorrow
posted by barbz       27 Nov       categories: radio: my dad keith      

Tomorrow at 14:15 (UK time) BBC radio 4 will broadcast My Dad Keith. It will last 45 minutes and later you would find the programme here. Let us know what you think on twitter ( :

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RTS North West Awards and FFF
posted by barbz       22 Nov       categories: events      

Nico has attended a few events recently and I’ve uploaded some pictures that you can see now clicking on the miniatures below. The first album is from the RTS North West Awards ceremony in which Common won for Best script writer and Best drama (CONGRATULATIONS!). The second one is from the Foyle Film Festival from yesterday in Northern Ireland and a little interview.

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New project: “My Dad Keith”
posted by barbz       13 Oct       categories: radio: my dad keith      

Apparently Nico is going to represent a radio play (?) on BBC Radio 4 the next 28th November at 2.15 (UK time). This project called My Dad Keith“is written by Maxine Peake who has previously worked with Nico in The Village and is directed by Michelle Choudhry.


Picture of Mike Joyce on twitter

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