Who is Frank Dillane? All you need to know about the Fear The Walking Dead star

Fear The Walking Dead is back for a fourth season - we take a closer look at the man who plays Nick Clark.

Frank Dillane has risen from being a child actor to an award-nominated TV heartthrob in less than a decade – and there's clearly plenty more to come.

The 26-year-old is about to hit our screens in the fourth series of the hit AMC show Fear The Walking Dead, in which he plays the resourceful former drug addict Nick Clark.

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In preparation for the arrival of the new series, find out all you need to know about the London-born actor here.

He grew up in a theatrical family

Dillane's mother Naomi Wirthner is a former actress of Jamaican extraction who is now a director of The Barebones Project - a collective of creative artists based in East Sussex who put on theatre pieces in non-traditional spaces.

His father is experienced actor Stephen Dillane, who has appeared in films which include The Hours, 44 Inch Chest and Zero Dark Thirty, as well as numerous TV shows including Game of Thrones. Frank made his first onscreen appearance beside his father as an extra in Welcome to Sarajevo.

“Although I grew up around movies, I don't know that I assumed I was going to be an actor,” he told The Independent. “But back in the day, if your father was a tailor then you would usually be a tailor, too.”

He was a child star

Dillane got his acting break when he was cast as Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He went on to appear in the two subsequent Potter movies before training at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada).

“After the (Potter) films, I took a gap year, during which I did absolutely nothing. Then I went to Rada,” he said. “Arriving in an establishment where everyone is better than you, you can't uphold any kind of arrogance for very long.”

He found acting work immediately

Dillane (left, with Benjamin Walker) in In the Heart of the Sea. Photo credit: Warner Brothers/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Dillane was cast as emotional teenage poet Eugene Marchbanks in George Bernard Shaw's Candida at The Theatre Royal, Bath straight after graduating from drama school in 2013. The Guardian called his performance “a suitable mix of the aspirational and insufferable”.

That same year, he joined the cast of the film In The Heart of the Sea (pictured above) directed by Ron Howard, alongside Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Ben Wishaw; he followed this with an appearance in the film Viena and the Fantomes, about a 1980s punk band, with Dakota Fanning.

He doesn't watch himself in Fear the Walking Dead

AMC announced Dillane as a cast member in their post-apocalyptic spinoff series in late 2014. He explained how he landed the part to the Hollywood Reporter: "(Casting director) Kate Rhodes James shot the scenes with me a few times, cut together the best bits from different takes and 'Frankensteined' the perfect audition."

Dillane sees his character as one that “has always been self-deprecating and had self-doubt”, but he has been allowed to develop the role over the course of four seasons, so that Nick has now become something of a leader in the survivor community. One thing he doesn't do, though, is look back at his performances - “I don’t ever watch myself,” he told BT.com.

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He misses home while working abroad

“I miss the British. I miss their sense of humour. I miss banter. I miss the English use of language and the English reserve. I miss tea. I really miss tea,” he told us in 2016, even suggesting that a future series of Fear The Walking Dead could be shot in Eastbourne!

Dillane has also revealed that his own favourite TV shows are Mad Men, The Take, and the original British version of House of Cards.

There's something about blood

Dillane as Nick Clark.  Photo credit: AMC

Dillane's character spent much of the first two seasons of Fear The Walking Dead covered in zombie blood – something he didn't particularly enjoy. “It’s a bit like a syrup,” he explained, “it attracts a lot of bugs. It’s a bit of nightmare to be honest when you’re all sticky and hot and you have to keep topping it up.”

In spite of this, the actor says his dream role is one of the goriest in British theatre – that of Giovanni, the tormented lover in John Ford's Tis Pity She's a Whore.

Fear the Walking Dead season 4 premieres in the UK on Monday, April 23rd at 9pm.

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