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From hit TV shows to TV films Nathan Mitchell shines on screen
Getting his start in the Canadian entertainment industry on the series "Aliens in America" back in 2007, actor Nathan Mitchell has spent the last decade working non-stop on an impressive list of hit TV shows.

His pivotal performances on award-winning shows like the Canadian Screen Award winning crime series "Motive," the four-time Gemini Award winning comedy series "How to Be Indie," The CW's Joey Award winning sci-fi show "The Tomorrow People" and the Leo Award winning series "Arrow" have undoubtedly helped him garner the massive international following he has today.

While Mitchell's recurring roles on several series have allowed audiences to see him play a wide range of characters episode after episode, there's just something about watching an actor develop a character over the course of a movie, which he does with ease in the recently released TV movies "Twist of Fate," "Newlywed and Dead" and "The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story."

Not only did all three films premiere on the small screen this year, meaning that Nathan Mitchell must have had an incredibly busy shooting schedule, but his characters in each film are so completely different from one another that many viewers may not even realize it is the same actor, Mitchell is just that good.

"What's appealing about acting for me is that it's an art form that requires genuine connection with other people. You really have to listen; you really have to let yourself be affected by the other person to create something dynamic. When you're that tuned into someone else you have this fun, meaningful experience," said Mitchell about what drives him to perform.

"I also find that the more I truly explore my roles the more I become aware of different facets of myself."

In PixL's touching romantic comedy "Twist of Fate," Mitchell takes on the lead role of Zack, the hilarious and charming best friend of Jeff, who is played by Canadian Screen Award nominee Ryan Kennedy ("The Invisible," "Chasing the White Dragon"). In the film Jeff, an emergency auto call operator, finds love with Kelly, who is played by Cassie Steele ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), one of the distressed callers he rescues out of a tricky situation; but it doesn't happen overnight. The two have a series of synchronicitous encounters, many of which are spurred by Mitchell's character Zack, that ultimately bring them together towards the end of the film.

Not only do Jeff and Kelly find the true love they were looking for, but Zack gets his shot at love as well, which makes the "Twist of Fate" story even more touching.

"Zack fancies himself a Doctor Love. What he doesn't expect is to fall for someone while he's out on a mission for Jeff. During the film he goes from a chill dude with nothing to lose, to someone who actually has to put his heart on the line to get what he wants," explained Mitchell.

Over the course of the film we watch Zack transform from a confident charmer who seems to have it all into someone who is willing to vulnerably expose himself in order to connect with a woman who strikes a note within his heart. Mitchell plays the role perfectly and he is definitely a driving force behind many of the film's comedic moments.

Switching gears, Mitchell's character in "Newlywed and Dead" is the polar opposite of Zack. The film, which was directed by two-time Directors Guild of Canada nominee Penelope Buitenhuis ("A Wake," "Paradise Falls"), follows Kristin, a young newlywed who begins to doubt her husband Jay's character when his aunt turns up dead and a string of unanswered questions from his past come to a head.

Mitchell plays Trooper, a man of the law who comes in to track down and gather the evidence that will put Jay away for good. After being forced to fight off her husband in order to stay alive, Kristin's put at ease by Trooper, and the way Mitchell endows the character with such a strong and heroic presence, it's no wonder that he's the one to calm her nerves.

In the film Mitchell acts alongside Gemini Award winner Shenae Grimes-Beech ("90210," "Scream 4"), Leo Award winner Venus Terzo ("Da Vinci's Inquest") and Samantha Ferris ("The Tall Man," "Along Came A Spider").

Riveting to say the least, "Newlywed and Dead" aired on Lifetime in June, but that's not the only Lifetime film where we've seen Mitchell showcase his magnetism on screen this year. In the Lifetime original biopic "The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story" Mitchell took on the critical role of Reggie.

The film reveals the incredible efforts and sacrifices Kevin and his brother Tony Durant's mother Wanda made in order to give them the necessary opportunities to get into the sport of basketball and attend college. Throughout the film we watch as Wanda puts her needs aside and pushes the boys to be their best; and as both boys become college graduates and Kevin earns a spot in the NBA playing for the Seattle SuperSonics right out of college, this feel good movie helps us realize that Wanda Durant truly is the real MVP.

As Kevin and Tony's father Wayne was largely absent from their lives leaving Wanda to be the sole provider and nurturer, Mitchell's character Reggie gives a breath of fresh air to the story being one of the only men in the film to actually show up when it counts. Reggie is the husband of Wanda's best friend Demetria, and we watch him come through with love and support many times. When Demetria is going into labor he dashes to her side like an excited soon to be father should. He's also the one that shows up for Wanda and her family, cheering the boys on during games, attending family functions and being present when Wanda graduates college. Mitchell gives Reggie an honest, encouraging and almost father-like presence, making the character that much easier to love.

Nathan Mitchell is one actor who has definitely made his mark on television audiences, both through his roles in popular series and powerful films; and considering that he recently wrapped production on two upcoming feature films, international audiences will soon be able to catch his dynamic talent on the silver screen as well. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for Mitchell in the role of Cole in "The Marine 5: Battleground," and Zee in "Scorched Earth," two action-packed films slated for release in 2017.

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