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Meet Kit Connor: The Breakout Star Who Plays Nick Nelson in ‘Heartstopper’

When Netflix’s show Heartstopper was released in April of 2022, Kit Connor instantly won the hearts of the audience with his performance in the show. Today we are going to tell you more about his personal and professional life. So what are you waiting for? Start scrolling.

Here’s everything you need to know about Kit Connor

For those of you who are unaware, Kit Connor is a British actor who was born on March 8, 2004, in Croydon, London, England. He is best known for playing the role of Nick Nelson in the Netflix’s teen series Heartstopper.

To date, Connor has starred in several movies such as Get Santa (2014), Rocketman  (2019), and Little Joe (2019). He also got a part in the CBBC series Rocket’s Island (2014–2015). He has also voiced a character in the BBC One and HBO series His Dark Materials. 

Kit hails from Croydon. He went to the Hayes Primary School in Kenley and soon afterward he got admitted into Whitgift School where he completed his education in drama, English literature, and history.

Kit made his acting debut at the age of 8

Kit made his on-screen debut at the young age of 8 with minor appearances in Chickens on Sky One, the television film An Adventure in Space and Time, and the soap opera Casualty.

Connor starred in the holiday comedy movie named Get Santa in the year 2014. Soon afterward, he portrayed the role of Archie Beckles in the CBBC series Rocket’s Island. Later on in the year 2018, he also appeared in films such as The MercyThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and Slaughterhouse Rulez.

Connor has a directorial credit to his name

Apart from working as an actor, the England Native has also stepped into the world of direction, he is simultaneously trying to explore the field of direction as well. As per his IMDB page, he is all ready to wear the director’s cap and set to direct the short film Moving alongside Max Raphael, which he will also co-produce.

Kit played the role of young Elton John in ‘Rocketman’

Yes, you heard it right. Connor essayed the role of young Elton John in the movie Rocketman. To ace his character in the musical drama, he also learned to play piano and even took a few vocal lessons.

Kit even posted a few videos of himself showing off some musical skills on social media. He sang some songs including “I Want Love” and “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” from the film’s soundtracks.

 What is the show ‘Heartstopper’ all about?

The show Heartstopper revolves around a boy named Charlie Spring (played by Joe Locke), who is a shy, openly gay teen dealing with bullying from his classmates and he has a secret relationship with a fellow student. It is based on the webcomic and graphic novel of the same name by Alice Oseman.

When Charlie starts sitting with his fellow mate Nick, the two of them develop a close friendship that turns into something more as the rugby player slowly comes to terms with his sexuality.

Heartstopper also stars William Gao as Tao Xu, Yasmin Finney as Elle Argent, Kizzy Edgell as Darcy Olsson, and Corinna Brown as Tara Jones.

 Kit actually auditioned for the role of Charlie Spring

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Mercy actor revealed that he auditioned for the character of Charlie but destiny had other plans for him and he ended up getting the role of Nick Nelson. He said, “Actually, I did audition for Charlie, which I think a lot of the Heartstopper fans find absolutely ridiculous.”

Connor further added, “I did this scene, a monologue [from] after their first kiss. … It’s a beautiful scene and it’s a really wonderfully written scene so I was really excited to do it. But yeah, I auditioned for Charlie and then was quite quickly changed over to Nick I think as soon as they saw me really.”

What did Kit have to say about his character in ‘Heartstopper’?

During an interaction with Them in April of 2022, the 18-year-old spilled the beans on his character Nick Nelson. He said, “Nick is, in many ways, who I aspire to be. I’d love to say that I was just pure and wonderful and kind and just generally as lovely as Nick or Charlie.”

Kit further added, “They’re just so pure. I don’t really know what other words to use. That’s what I try to be, and that’s what I think everyone should try to be. Nick and Charlie are great role models for not just kids growing up, but really, everyone.”

Kit was scared to work with Olivia Colman

It was not like Connor was making his acting debut with Heartstopper but still, anyone would feel nervous while working with a big star. He was pretty intimated to share the screen with the Oscar winner. She played the role of his mother in the show.

Kit told NME in April 2022, “I was definitely nervous about my scene with Olivia Colman at the end of the show. And especially when we found out it was Olivia Colman [playing Nick’s mum], Joe would keep on saying, ‘You’ll be doing your big scene with Olivia Colman this time next week.”

Connor concluded by saying, “I tried to play it cool even though I was really anxious, but I was very happy with how it turned out in the end.”

Is Kit present on Instagram?

The answer to the above question is a huge yes. Kit has a profile on the social networking service Instagram. We must say he has a good fan following on Instagram. As of now, he has nearly 2.7 million followers on the photo and video sharing platform.

With the kind of love and attention he is receiving at the moment, we are pretty sure that his fan following will be increasing on the social media platform in the times to come.

When you will scroll through the Instagram feed of Kit, you will find pictures of him with the star cast of the show Heartstopper, a few photos of him with his friends and family, and some snaps from his professional shoots with several magazines.

Connor has two dogs named Basil and Sybil

Kit is a dog lover, he has two adorable fur babies. We must say his two puppies are too cute for words. Every now and then, he keeps sharing the snaps of his dogs on the social media platform Instagram.

As per his Insta feed, we can get an idea that playing and cuddling with his dogs Basil and Sybil seems like one of his favorite things to do in the world. We just cannot take our eyes off the lovely photos of his dogs.

The fans’ reaction to the show ‘Heartstopper’

Since the day the show Heartstopper has released on Netflix, it has gained immense love from the side of viewers as well as the critics. The fans expressed all their love for the show on various social media platforms.

One user wrote, “Finally, an LGBTQ+ series with no drugs, sex, or alcohol & hardly even a swear word. It was just a sweet, innocent, coming of age story about friendships and first love. The one so many of us have desperately needed for so long.” #Heartstopper

Another user tweeted, “my favorite part of heartstopper is at harry’s party when imogen tells nick she likes them and then dances with her friends like she just did something meanwhile nick goes upstairs and kisses a boy.”

Followed by a user who wrote, “I’m moving house and I’ve found my sketchbook with the original drawings I did for the Nick and Charlie cover (all the other covers are here somewhere too, but idk where) Even now, they still remain my favourite covers I’ve done, for the best person @AliceOseman” #Heartstopper

One user wrote, “i love the heartstopper cast so much. every time i see videos or picture of them or watch any of their interviews, it makes me so happy. that cast was so beautifully and perfectly casted and they’re all so amazing.”

Another user wrote, “when someone asks if i’ve watched heartstopper and I have to pretend like I enjoyed it in a normal way and not in an i’ve-rewatched-it-five-times-already-and-have-an-entire-fanpage-dedicated-to-it-and-tweet-about-it-every-day way.”

One fan tweeted, “thank you #heartstopper for giving us nick nelson. for giving bisexual people such healthy representation. to see him figure himself out, understand he is bi and tell his mum on his own terms in his own time and for her to just hug him.”

These were a few reactions of the fans to Netflix’s show Heartstopper. Have you watched the teen romance series Heartstopper? if you have seen it then let us know how you liked it in the comments section below and if you have not watched it till now then it watch it right away on the streaming giant Netflix.

We can’t wait to see Kit Connor shine on the screen in the future. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of showbiz.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.
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