- 1 Who is Nick Blood?
- 2 Early Life and Education: Growing Up in England
- 3 Career Beginnings: Music and Breaking Through
- 4 Becoming a Star: Trollied, Him & Her, The Bletchley Circle, Babylon and More
- 5 Recent Works: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Movies
- 6 Career in Theater
- 7 Personal Life: Is Nick Blood Gay? Does He Have a Girlfriend?
- 8 Net Worth: How Rich is Nick Blood?
- 9 Social Media Presence
Who is Nick Blood?
Born under the water sign of Pisces, on 20 March 1982, in Aylesbury, England, Nick Blood is a 37-year-old now American actor, creative director and entrepreneur. Immersed in the artform of acting since his pre-teens, he has become one of the most influential and most regarded British actors of this generation. Adept at performing both on stage and in front of cameras, Nick achieved global fame by assuming the role of Lance Hunter in the massively popular show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Aside from a multitude of roles in British and American shows, Blood also attracted attention by creating “Good, Best, Better”, a series of independent short movies. Not only is he the founder of the brand, but we’ll also see his acting and directing talents on display rather soon.
Early Life and Education: Growing Up in England
Nick was raised in his birthplace by parents of still unknown names and professions. Despite being a famous actor, he has somehow always avoided revealing anything about his family and early life. On numerous occasions, reporters have inquired about his personal life, but Blood managed to sway the conversation in another direction every time. We do know, however, that he developed an interest in acting at a very young age. Together with his father, he would enjoy watching movies and later discussing them. At the age of seven, he joined a local drama club and began working on his craft. As for his education, he first attended Wingrave C of E before transferring to Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School.
Upon matriculating in 2000, he attended the renowned London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA). Even though he managed to stand out amongst some of the best actors in his class, he still wasn’t sure about which career path to pursue. He knew that a future in art was his destiny, but the problem was – which artform should he choose?
Career Beginnings: Music and Breaking Through
Once you see that Nick’s first acting credit was a small role in 2009, it becomes obvious that he had some second thoughts about acting. Allegedly, he wanted to become a musician at some point in his early-to-mid-20s; rock was his favorite genre, but he failed to make an impact on the global music scene. For a short while, he was also the manager of a local electro-rock band. After realizing that music was just not for him, Blood became hellbent on making a splash as an actor. And so he did – in 2009, he made his official debut in two episodes of “The Bill”. This legendary British cop drama ran for over 25 years, with 2400+ episodes.
Working with seasoned actors such as Simon Rouse and Graham Cole encouraged him to push onwards. The very next year, he landed a recurring role for the first time – as Alex in “Material Girl”, Nick showcased his full skillset, and managed to earn parts in “Stanley Park”, “Combat Kids” and “Misfits”. While these were fine performances by Blood, he still needed a career-defining role which would launch him into superstardom.
Becoming a Star: Trollied, Him & Her, The Bletchley Circle, Babylon and More
That role came in 2011, when he was cast as Kieran in “Trollied”, a critically acclaimed sitcom depicting the lives of people working in an English supermarket. Despite Kieran initially being a minor role, everyone loved Nick and his dedication, so they decided to keep him around. At the same time, we could see him in two highly rated British series – “Him & Her” and “The Bletchley Circle”.
Critics were baffled by his versatility, as he went from comedy to thrillers and showed no signs of stopping. After two years on the show, he took a little break to spend time with his family.
In 2014, he gave his fans something they’d been wanting to see – a movie role! Even though he’s seen mainly as a small-screen actor, Nick decided to display his talents in “X Moor”. This horror flick follows two documentary makers who look to catch and film The Beast, a mythical creature mentioned in rural Georgian folklore. The same year, he also tried his hand at voice acting by being Hall the Archer in “Dragon Age: Inquisition”. He didn’t have to wait long before another big part, as he impressed everyone by playing Warwick in “Babylon”.
Recent Works: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Movies
It was in 2014 when Nick became a superstar on a global level. He was cast as Lance Hunter in the massively popular show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. As a member of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), his character gave his contribution to battles against some of the most dangerous villains in the entire Marvel Universe. Even though he wasn’t a main character, Lance was definitely a fan favorite. In between schemes, time travel and other instances of shenanigans, Nick showed the world how talented he really is. And, boy, did everyone take notice! Upon leaving the show, he decided to focus on movies, with appearances in “Say My Name” and “Still”.
As of late-2019, he has several projects set for a 2020 release, which means that he is bound to have yet another big year. He was even rumored to have a place in future Spiderman movies, but a dispute between Sony and Disney ended all speculations.
Career in Theater
Despite having countless television roles and accomplishments to his name, Nick has stayed loyal to his first love – the stage. In 2009, he formed “WE.BUY.GOLD”, an independent theater company, in collaboration with longtime friend and fellow LAMDA graduate, Tom McCall. Their debut show, “Inches Apart” was both written and spearheaded by Nick in a starring role.
Unexpectedly, they won an Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award, which gave them the opportunity to open their play as a professional production. Another notable role of his was Adam in “The Priory”, which ran at the Royal Court Theatre for a total of three months. In 2011, he impressed critics with his portrayal of Stuart Sutcliffe, the forgotten “fifth Beatle” in “Backbeat”; due to the demands of the role, he actually had to learn how to play the bass guitar. An enormous success, the production had runs in several venues in Canada.
Personal Life: Is Nick Blood Gay? Does He Have a Girlfriend?
When talking about Nick’s current love life, there’s not much to be said. Ever since entering the spotlight in the early 2010s, he’s managed to keep a low profile and steer clear of any malicious rumors.
Despite playing a gay character in “Material Girl”, he is very much heterosexual – in the past, he dated actress Claudia Mirallegro, the sister of Nico Mirallegro, who starred in “My Mad Fat Diary”. The two enjoyed a wonderful time together, but seemingly dropped off the grid in 2016. They obviously broke up at a certain point, but nobody knew anything because of Nick’s insistence on not sharing private matters with the media. Since then, there were rumours that he and Adrianne Palicki were an item, but neither he nor she wanted to comment on the matter. By looking at the available information, or lack thereof, it’s safe to say that Nick Blood is currently single and focused on his career. He spends most of his free time with his family, and is a life-long Liverpool FC fan.
— Nick Blood Updates (@NickBUpdates) February 15, 2019
Net Worth: How Rich is Nick Blood?
Have you ever wondered how affluent this famous actor really is? According to several credible sources, Nick Blood has a net worth of approximately $3 million, as of October 2019. He accumulated this wealth in a rather impressive manner, as he made his acting debut at the age of 27. Even though most of his peers had roles as teens, Nick refused to be discouraged and worked his way up to become one of the most respected British actors. A large chunk of his personal wealth is due to his role in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, which is widely regarded as one of the most popular shows of the era. Given the fact that he’s still active, we might see Nick’s net worth rise in the near future.
Social Media Presence
Most actors indeed love social media, as they can use various platforms to build their brand and interact with fans. Nick is somewhat of an exception as he only uses Instagram – followed by 105,000 people, his profile mostly consists of artistic photos and snapshots from his personal life.