Every actor of non-American origin looks forward to getting the opportunity to star in a Hollywood project as this would inadvertently put them on the world stage and give their talent an opportunity to get recognized by some of the most prestigious film and TV award-giving bodies. For Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, who is best known in his home country for playing the role of El Duque in the series Sin tetas no hay paraíso, this opportunity came more than a decade after he launched his acting career.
In 2015, the actor who once aspired to play professional tennis landed the role of closeted telenovela star Lito Rodríguez in the globe-trotting Netflix original series, Sense8. Following his performance in the show, he got cast in another well-received Netflix-produced series, Narcos, where he played the character of Franklin Jurado.
Early Life and Career
Born Miguel Angel Silvestre Rambla on April 6, 1982, in Castellón, a city in the Valencian community of Spain, the actor never originally set out to build a career in the performing arts but fate had other plans for him. He had hoped to become a professional tennis player but in the course of working towards achieving his dream, he suffered an injury in a tournament in Hungary that ended his sporting career before it even began.
Subsequently, Miguel enrolled at the University of Spain where he proceeded to study physiotherapy. In the course of his studies, however, his aunt who was a theatre director implored him to consider becoming an actor. The young man thus decided to study drama, dance, and theatre and then relocate to the Spanish capital city of Madrid where he got to feature in small plays.
Miguel landed his first role on TV in 2004 when he appeared in an episode of the Spanish sitcom Mis adorables vecinos. The following year, he made his film debut in Vida y color and also appeared in A golpes before landing the recurring role of Nacho in the series Motivos personales. His subsequent appearance as El Duque in Sin tetas no hay paraíso brought him some recognition before he then starred as Alberto Marquez Navarro in the Spanish drama series Velvet. His career further received a huge boost as he appeared in the 2013 Spanish comedic film Los amantes pasajeros (English title: I’m So Excited).
Miguel Angel Silvestre went on to get his breakout role in 2015 when he landed the lead in the hit sci-fi drama series, Sense8. Starring in the Netflix show gave the Spanish-born actor some exposure to an English-speaking audience as the series was well-received by both fans and critics alike. It received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series. Sadly, after 2 successful seasons, Netflix announced that the series would not be renewed for a 3rd season due to high production costs.
Unlike fans of Sense8 who found it had to get over the cancellation of the show, Miguel quickly moved on and landed himself a role in another Netflix series, Narcos. He joined the show’s cast for season 3 and played the role of real-life member of Cali Cartel, Franklin Jurado. The actor also voiced the character of bullfighter El Primero in the 2017 animated comedy-drama film Ferdinand, which is based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand.
Why He Is Rumored To Be Gay
As mentioned above, Miguel Angel Silvestre played a closeted character in Sense8 and thus had some intense gay sex scenes in the show. His perfect execution of the role earned him a few admirers from the LGBT community as others wondered if the actor was indeed gay or whether he is just very good at his job.
By all indications, however, the Spanish heartthrob is actually straight. A fact that speaks to this is his previous relationships with Spanish actresses and models like Belén López, Blanca Suarez, and Albania Sagarra. He and Lopez are reported to have dated from 2005 to 2010 while his relationship with Suarez was from 2011 to 2014. Sagarra and the actor are said to have become an item in early 2017 but unfortunately, the two called it quits by the end of the year.
Details of Miguel Angel Silvestre Family
Miguel Angel Silvestre has been involved in quite a number of long-lasting relationships over the years, however, none has ever led him to the altar. In some quarters, the talented actor is adjudged to be one of the most eligible bachelors in Spain.
In the absence of any wife or kids, Miguel’s claim to a family would be his parents. His mother has been identified as María Lidón while his father is Miguel Angel Silvestre, a physiotherapist, and bank manager. The pair both live in Spain and their son often finds time to visit them regularly.