Miguel Herrán is a popular Instagram star, model, and a Goya Award-winning Spanish actor, widely known for portraying Rio in the acclaimed thriller “Money Heist” ( “La Casa de Papel”), and Christian Varela in the drama “Elite.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Miguel Herrán Garcia de la Herran was born in Malaga, Andalusia Spain, under the Taurus zodiac sign on 25 April 1996, which makes him 25 years old as of 2022. His mother is Belen De La-Herran, and his father is Manuel Herran – his mother owned a pet shop in Belen and is where she met his father, who is a prominent businessman from Alhaurin el Grande. His parents parted ways when he was very young, and his mother thereafter relocated with him to Chamberi, Madrid, where he spent most of his childhood. Miguel has two half-siblings, but hasn’t revealed their names.
Miguel attended a local elementary school, before joining the William Layton Laboratory; he’s an alumnus of the University of Madrid. Miguel wasn’t interested in acting as a child; he wanted to become a mechanic, and once said during an interview, ‘in the best of my dreams I would see myself in a mechanic’s workshop, and that if I had studied, of course!’ However, this changed when he met the Spanish director and actor Daniel García-Pérez Guzman who encouraged him to audition for a role in his project because he looked exactly like the type of person he was looking for.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Miguel is a big lover of animals, and likes posting photos on Instagram of his pet dog named Coye – a Rotonero Bodeguero Andaluz breed.
He is physically active, and enjoys surfing, snow skating, and is a dirt bike enthusiast – he started riding bikes at the age of three and obtained his license immediately after he came of age.
He is also fond of traveling – his favorite holiday destination is Rome, Italy; he’s a photography enthusiast.
Herrán loves Italian and Mexican dishes.
Miguel has shared that he used to struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) – a condition in which one worries a lot about his/her physical appearance – and depression. He has also revealed that he isn’t afraid to share about it.
He is very close to his mother, and has revealed that he’s planning to make a biopic about her.
Miguel portrayed Anibal, a.k.a Rio, a hacker who later dates Tokyo (played by Ursula Corbero), in the series “Money Heist,” which premiered on Netflix on 2 May 2017. The show is about a criminal mastermind, The Professor, played by Alvaro Morte, who plans to pull off one of the biggest heists in Spain, and has recruited eight people – named after different cities in the world – with unique abilities. The group then takes hostages inside the Royal Mint to help them in negotiations with the authorities. The thriller was critically acclaimed, and in 2018 won the International Emmy Award, Best Drama Series. The Alex Pina-created show stars Alba Flores as Nairobi, Pedro Alonso as Berlin, Jaime Lorente as Denver, and several other notable Spanish actors.
Novo poster oficial do fim de La Casa de Papel. pic.twitter.com/nvCBO94vVL
— Séries TV Show BR (@SeriesTWBZ) November 29, 2021
Herran later appeared in another Netflix tv hit drama “Elite,” which premiered on 5 October 2018; it follows the story of three middle-class students who are enrolled in a high-ranking private school in Spain, and subsequently clash with wealthy students leading to the death of one of the students named Marina Nunier, played by María Pedraza. He played Christian Varela in the first and second seasons and he develops feeling for both Carla (Ester Exposito) and her boyfriend Polo (Alvaro Rico). He is later struck by Carla’s father’s car in the second season and is left gravely injured. Subsequently, he is taken to a hospital in Switzerland to prevent him from exposing Carla’s murderer.
The Carlos Montero Madrona-created series won an Iris Jury Award in 2021 and has been nominated for several others. His character, Varela, is based on his childhood friend, and he once shared during an interview, “This is a friend I talk to, and I actually asked him many questions when I realized I would be playing the character.’
Miguel made his film debut in “Nothing in Return” in 2015, and was later cast in several other films such as the 2017 Salvador Calvo-directed war film “1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines”, before appearing in “The Invisible Guardian” as Miguel Angel in 2017 and later in “Alegria, Tristeza” in 2018. He also appeared in the Jose Luis Cuerda-directed film “Tiempo Despues” ( “Sometime Later”) in the same year. Some of his most recent roles are in 2020’s “Sky High” in which he plays Angel, and in 2022’s “Prison 77.”
Miguel has been nominated for several awards for his impressive works including a CEC Award in the category of the Best New Actor, and ASECAN Award for the Best Male Performance for his performances in the 2015 film “Nothing in Return.” His contribution to the film also saw him winning a Goya Award in 2016.
Herran is highly active on Instagram (@miguel.g.herran) with over 14 million followers. He’s also active on Twitter (@miguel_herran) with close to 80,000 followers, although his account isn’t verified. He also has an unverified Facebook account that has around 50,000 followers.
Many believe that Miguel and his on-screen girlfriend – Ursula Corbero, who plays Tokyo in “Money Heist” – are real-life lovers, but they’re only dating in the show. Instead, she is in a relationship with the Argentine actor, Chino Darin, known for his roles in the films
“El Angel” of 2018, and 2019’s “Heroic Losers.” Miguel is dating the Spanish actress Sandra Escacena, who rose to prominence for her role in the 2017 Spanish horror movie “Veronica.” The duo loves posting their photos together on their respective social media handles.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Miguel is of Hispanic ethnicity and has brown hair and dark brown eyes. He’s slimly built, weighs approximately 149lbs (68kgs), and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, with vital statistics of 44-30-38, and his biceps are approximately 14ins. Additionally, he wears shoe size 8 (US).
Herrán has achieved fame and earned several awards thanks to his successful acting career, which began in 2015. He has earned from his directing, acting, modeling and brand endorsement deals, and according to sources, he’s worth approximately $1.1 million as of 2022. He lives a luxurious lifestyle as seen on his Instagram account, owning a few sports bikes and high-end vehicles including a Mercedes Benz.