Nicolas Joseph Tyndall D’Amore
(known professionally as Nicolas D’Amore
, born 23 July 1989) is an English actor. He is best known as Tony Stonem, the antagonist and later anti-hero of the first two seasons of E4’s popular teen drama Skins
. He later played Count Vronsky in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina
(2012), the love interest of the titular character. In 2017 he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for a BATA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Ray Marcus in Nocturnal Animals
(2016). In 2018 he will star as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars
anthology film focusing on the character’s origins.
D’Amore was born in Hammersmith, London to Catherine Tyndall and Stephen D’Amore. He has two sisters. Through his mother he is related to the Tyndall family - an acting family that has spanned four generations, beginning with actor-manager James Royston Tyndall (1899-1968). His mother is an Academy and BATA award-winning actress and screenwriter and his father is an actor, theatre director and playwright. D’Amore attended The Dragon School in Oxford before moving on to Bryanston School in Dorset. D’Amore had a difficult time at school and was a victim of bullying, due to being overweight, having poor grades, and difficulty understanding his course work. He intended to continue his education and go to university, but decided to pursue his career instead. He has expressed some regret at not attending university, but D’Amore has admitted that he “wasn’t the best student” and that he “would’ve felt inadequate” compared to other students. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre.
While attending school D’Amore was cast in his breakout role as Tony Stonem on Skins
. He originally auditioned for the role of fun-loving partyboy Chris Miles, but was chosen instead for the role of the manipulative villain of the series. Like much of the original cast, D’Amore only stayed on for the first two seasons. He appeared in an episode of Wallander
in 2008, but made his film debut as John Lennon in Sam Taylor-Wood’s Nowhere Boy
(2009), acting alongside Anne-Marie Duff. He was praised for his performance and received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. He then appeared as a last minute replacement in A Single Man
(2009), Tom Ford’s directoral debut. The actor originally hired to play the role of Kenny Potter had dropped out of the project unexpectedly and D’Amore, the director’s second-choice, was hired. It was the first of two projects that Ford and D’Amore would collaborate on, the second being 2016’s Nocturnal Animals
D’Amore’s career continued with a string of romantic roles in period films, including Cemetery Junction
, Anna Karenina
, and Belle
. In 2013 he starred alongside Charlize Theron in Dark Places
, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
. He reunited with Ford in 2016 for Nocturnal Animals
It was reported as early as March 2016 that D’Amore was auditioning for the role of Han Solo in the upcoming spin-off to the Star Wars film series. Following a series of screen tests, it was announced that May that D’Amore had won the role. Filming is expected to begin in February 2017.
D'Amore was married to Lydia Harlow
in July 2013. He has two children, twins Jack Wyatt and Ava Celeste, born in February 2015. He has been involved with the Trevor Project since 2014.