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Gay Times April 12 - Issue 404

Nico Mirallegro

He’s one of those faces that you’ve seen in various pieces over the years – Newt in Hollyoaks for example – but 2012 is already shaping up to be The One for 21-year-old Nico Mirallegro.

In fact, when we catch up with him - on a rare day away from Cardiff, where some of Britain’s best television is currently made – he’s just been named as one of ‘hot new faces to watch’ (or similar) in Metro.
He laughs hard when we mention it, shrugging it off in slight embarrassment. “A lot of people have been Tweeting me. It seems funny actually. It’s nice to hear that I’m one of the top faces to watch – or whatever it is. It’s good ‘cos there are gonna be some good things coming out this year…”
Good indeed. The Manchester-born actor (yes, you can hear it in the accent) is about to start work on a film about the recently reunited Stone Roses (“No, no, by ‘eck I love em. I love em,” he replies when asked if he’s not a bit young to remember the 90s indie band)
But for now he’s on prime time BBC One in the original period drama Upstairs Downstairs. Footman Johnny Proude was rescued from Borstal (hot – c’mon, you were thinking it), he’s back at 165 Eaton Place for a second, longer series on Sunday nights.
But before we skip off to 165 Eaton Place, we want to talk about one of the gay characters he’s got under his belt – Jamie in the drama series Moving On. The episode, Losing My Religion, is still an online favourite.
He bursts out laughing. “What, the picture of my arse, naked on the floor? I have seen a few screengrabs, but they’re not too outrageous, they’re alright.”

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Words: Darren Scott
Photo: BBC

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