Matteo Valentini was 14 years old (D.O.B. = 1-Jun-2003) when he made his debut as Billy Elliot in the Third Italian Tour of BETM. He lives in Rome.
Matteo has had an interest in the performing arts from a very young age, and his first artistic interest was playing the drums, which he took up when he was seven years old. Then a year later, when Matteo was eight, his parents were asked if they would like to sign him up to an agency. His mother wasn’t very keen on the idea, but his father signed him up just for a bit of fun. At the very first audition Matteo attended he was chosen for a small part in the Italian TV series Un Medico in Famiglia, and he said that it was “the most beautiful day of his life”. At this point his mother gave up trying to stop him pursuing a career in the arts.
Matteo’s TV credits include:
Baciamo le mani (Tuccio, 2012/13)
Non dirlo al mio capo 2 (Stefano Belli, 2017)
Since 2017 Matteo has starred in the lead role of ‘Nick’ in brand new kids’ TV series New School, which airs on Super! and Deakids.
Over the years he has also appeared in numerous films, including:
Scusate se esisto (Tommaso, 2014)
Storie sospese (Angelo, 2014)
Gli ultimi saranno ultimi (Mario, 2015)
In 2014 Matteo featured in singer Marco Mengoni’s music video Guerriero, which has had over 73 million views on YouTube to date.
In 2013 Matteo began to expand his repertoire from just acting by attending a musical theatre school once a month, and since 2016 he has been a student at the Accademia Il Sistina, where he has worked to improve his singing and dancing. Prior to his involvement in BETM, Matteo has appeared in a few other musicals – Evita, Lady Oscar and Boom.
Matteo first auditioned for the Italian production of BETM in 2016, and he was chosen to play the role of Michael. From Jan-Apr 2017 he toured Italy with the Second Italian Tour, performing the role of Michael 53 times alongside Arcangelo Ciulla as Billy.
Matteo rejoined the Italian cast of BETM for their 2018 tour, and initially he reprised his role of Michael, performing alongside a new Billy – Tancredi di Marco. Matteo made his debut as Billy Elliot on 19-Apr-2018 making him the 242nd actor worldwide to play the role in a professional, regional or community theatre production of BETM. For the rest of the 2018 tour Matteo will alternate the role of Billy with Tancredi.
In the future Matteo, who is passionate about cinema, hopes to move to the USA to attend NYFA (New York Foundation of the Arts), after taking part in an internship there in the summer of 2017. He other dreams for the future include working with Disney and voicing an animated character.