Miguel Ángel García de la Herrán is a 25-year-old Spanish actor, director, and social media influencer, who is also known as Rio, the famous character from the popular show Money Heist (La casa de Papel). In the show, the actor played the role of a young computer genius who can hack into almost anything and everything and can also play with guns whenever needed. His character and his performance were widely praised all around the globe.

Early Life and Family

Miguel Herrán was born on 25 April 1996 to Manuel Herrán (father) and Belen De La-Herran (mother) in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain. According to the sources, it is said that Miguel’s parents were never married. They were dating each other and were in love when they had Miguel, but after a while, the two got separated, and he moved to Madrid with his mother, where he spent most of his lifespan. However, he is closer to his mother and says he wants to make a Biopic about her.

Miguel went to William Layton Laboratory, where he completed his high school education. Although he was not very fond of studies and was interested in cars and bikes, and wanted to be a mechanic one day, little did he know that he would be a prominent actor.

He met director Daniel Guzmán while walking on the streets of Madrid, who suggested Miguel to audition for his upcoming film “Nothing in Return” for the role of Dario, and the rest is history. 

Despite having a good career, a famous name, and millions in his bank account, the actor had also seen the bad days when he suffered from severe depression and a body dysmorphic disorder called bigorexia. In this disorder, one is not happy with their body and is in a constant urge to gain more muscle. It took a while for Miguel to overcome his depression and love his body the way it was.


Miguel Herrán made his debut in the film when he was 19 years old in “Nothing in Return” (2015), directed by Daniel Guzmán. His performance in the movie was highly appreciated, and he also won the ‘Goya Award’ for Best New Actor for the same.

The movie was not only his debut, but it also turned out to be a breakthrough for him. Soon after his first film, he quickly grabbed the attention of many producers and directors. He was cast for several movies in the coming years, which included a short film Nomeolvides (2016), and other movies like 1898, Our Last Men in the Philippines (2016), The Invisible Guardian (2017), Alegría, Tristeza (2018), Tiempo después (2018), Sky High (2020).

But among all these films in all those years, he also appeared in a popular Netflix show, “Money Heist,” which skyrocketed the young actor’s career. In the series, he played the role of Aníbal Cortés, also known as Rio. The show ran for five seasons and created a huge hype among people. It was not only the common people who were fans of the show, but celebrities like Stephen King and Neymar Jr were its fans. Neymar also made a guest appearance in one of the episodes of Money Heist.

The series received several awards, including the International Emmy Award for Best Drama Series at the 46th International Emmy Awards, and was praised for its sophisticated plot, interpersonal dramas, direction, and for trying to innovate Spanish television.

Later, he also appeared in another Netflix series Elite in which he played the role of Christian Varela Expósito and was part of 9 episodes. 

Social Media

The actor is quite active on social media and is a Social Media Influencer.

On Instagram, he goes by the username- @miguel.g.herran and has over 14 Million followers. 

He is not on Twitter, but there are several fan accounts posting on his behalf.

Net Worth

According to sources, the young actor’s net worth is between $1 and $2 Million.

The Source of his income is mostly from acting in films and television shows. 

Roles to Date

Miguel Herrán has been a part of 8 movies and two television shows and played the roles of 

  • ‘Darío Buendía Saíz’ in ‘Nothing in Return’ (2015)
  • ‘Soldier Carvajal’ in 1898, ‘Our Last Men in the Philippines (2016)
  • ‘Miguel Ángel’ in ‘The Invisible Guardian’ (2017)
  • ‘Borja’ in ‘Alegría,’ Tristeza (2018)
  • Ray Tiempo después (2018)
  • ‘Ángel’ in Sky High (2020)
  • He was also an Assistant Director for the Short Film ‘Nomeolvides’ (2016) 
  • ‘Aníbal Cortés’/’Rio’ in Money Heist (2019-2021)
  • ‘Christian Varela Expósito’ in Elite 

Upcoming Projects

After the success of Money Heist, the actor is once ready for his next film, which will be in the same genre. Prison 77 (Modelo 77) is a Spanish film by Alberto Rodríguez; the story revolves around a prison break attempted by 45 prisoners. Again, Miguel will be among one of the leads. 

He can also be seen in his latest movie Canallas which is released in April 2022

Awards and Nominations 

In 2016 he was nominated for awards for his performance in his debut film “Nothing in Return”:

  • Goya awards 2016 – Best New Actor – Nothing in Return – WON
  • Premios CEC 2016 – Best New Actor – Nothing in Return – Nominated
  • ASECAN Awards – Best Male Performance – Nothing in Return – Nominated

Trivia about Miguel Herrán

  • He is fond of cars and bikes, and he takes his timeout to enjoy both things.
  • He workouts at least five days a week to maintain his body.
  • He is a Social Media Influencer and has collaborated with several big brands.
  • Tom Holland, Emma Watson, and Justin Bieber are his favorite celebrities. 
  • He owns multiple automobiles, including a Jeep Wrangler and a Volkswagon Golf.


Full Name Miguel Ángel García de la Herrán
Nick Name Miguel
Gender Male
Height  5 ft 7 inches
Date of Birth (Birthday) 25 April 1996
Age (as of 2022) 25
Birthplace Málaga, Andalusia, Spain
Hometown Madrid, Spain
Zodiac Sign Taurus
Profession Actor, Director, Model and Social media influencer
Father Name Manuel Herrán
Mother Name Belen De La-Herran
Sibling No information is available.
Nationality Spanish 
Net Worth $1 – $2 Million

Frequently Asked Questions about Miguel Herrán

  • How tall is Miguel Herrán?


Miguel is 5ft 7inches tall.

  • Who is Miguel presently dating?


There was a rumor that the actor is dating his Co-star from Money Heist, Úrsula Corberó after they posted a picture of them kissing on their Instagram, but later they admitted, it was just to tease their audience.

Later, there was another rumor, that he is dating a Spanish actress-model Sandra Escacena.

  •  Which bikes does Miguel own?


There is not much information available about the bikes he owns, but he has been spotted riding a Ducatti several times, so one can only assume that he owns one.