The heart-warming docuseries Deaf U recently premiered on Netflix – so who is the show’s executive producer Nyle DiMarco?
In the last few years, Netflix has upped its game when it comes to documentaries. The streaming giant has brought hits like The Last Dance, The Social Dilemma, Becoming and many more.
Deaf U is the latest docuseries on Netflix which follows a group of students with hearing disabilities at the Gallaudet University.
So, who is the Nyle DiMarco? Let’s find more about him, including his age, family and career!
Who is Nyle DiMarco?
Nyle DiMarco is an actor, model and executive producer. He was born on May 8th, 1989 and turned 31 years old earlier this summer.
He studied at Gallaudet University, a private college in Washington for deaf people or hard of hearing.
In 2015, Nyle became the first deaf person to win America’s Next Top Model in season 22. Then in 2016, he took part and won series 22 of Dancing with the Stars where he was paired up with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.
In an interview with The Daily Front Row, Nyle revealed that he knew his college would make a great reality TV series which is how he came up with the Netflix project in the first place.
“I am a Gallaudet graduate and back in my college days, my friends and I always used to say that Gallaudet really needed a reality TV show because we knew it would be a hit,” Nyle explained. “Every time we would go on spring break or venture out to bars or clubs surrounding the campus, hearing people were so fascinated with us. They would want to hang with us and they were obsessed with our language and how we communicated.”
He went on to add:
So it was clear that there was a real interest in our culture. People outside our community really don’t understand the Deaf world, maybe they’ve never even met someone who is Deaf, so there’s a unique level of fascination.
Nyle DiMarco: Brothers and family
Nyle grew up in Frederick, Maryland. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a native New Yorker and was born into a large multigenerational Deaf family.
Nyle was born as Nyle Thompson but he later changed his surname to DiMarco, his mother’s maiden name.
He has a twin called Nico and another brother called Neal.
In a previous Instagram post, Nyle wrote an adorable birthday post about his mother and said:
“In all seriousness, my superhero is my mother. Ever since I can remember, she tirelessly fought for my deaf brothers’ education and mine. We were literally on a national search for the best deaf education, moving from New York to Texas to Maryland.”
Follow Nyle DiMarco on Instagram
Nyle is a big social media star and he currently has 1.7 million followers on Instagram. His follower count has risen after appearances in a number of projects in the entertainment industry.
He actively uses his platform to raise awareness about Deaf culture and the Black Lives Matter movement.
You can find Nyle on Instagram @nyledimarco.
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