American actor of television and film Aidan Mitchell won the Best Supporting Child Actor Award at the 2007 International Family Film Festival after portraying Nate Gibbs in the award-winning drama “Simple Things” (2007), directed by Andrew C. Erin. He was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his role as Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver's son, Sam, in the television series “The Riches” (FX, 2007-2008).
Mitchell is set to costar with Lacey Chabert and Abigail Spencer in the upcoming drama/thriller “In My Sleep” (2009), playing young Marcus.
Childhood and Family:
Aidan Daley Mitchell was born on October 4, 1993, in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish father and an American mother. His family relocated to his dad's hometown, Galway, Ireland, when Aidan was four years old. Seven years later, they returned back to the United States and stayed in San Diego, California. Within a year of their arrival, Aidan and his mom had packed their back and headed to Hollywood.
Aidan has an older sister, Aisling, and a little brother, Cillian.
Aidan Mitchell made his acting debut in the Town Hall Theatre in a stage production of “Oliver!” during his seven-year-stay in Ireland. Moving back to the U.S. in 2004, the Boston, Massachusetts-born broke into the cinematic industry two years alter with the memorable part of Simon McCallister, a a young British boy, in the Jake Kasdan-directed comedy/drama “The TV Set” (2006), starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver.
Mitchell graduated to a leading role in the festival darling “Simple Things,” which premiered at the International Family Film Festival on February 2, 2007. Playing Nate Gibbs, opposite Cameron Bancroft as Dr. Evan Gibbs and Bellamy Young as Terry Hudson, he picked up the Best Supporting Child Actor Award at the festival.
Also in 2007, the young actor won the regular role of Sam Malloy, the cross-dressing son of Wayne and Dahlia Malloy (played by Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, respectively), in the FX drama series “The Riches.” For his bright acting, Mitchell received a Young Artist nomination in 2008 in the category of Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor.
Six months after “The Riches” went off the air, Mitchell made a guest appearance in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” called “Retro,” broadcast on October 28, 2008. He played the role of Tommy Ross.
The 16-year-old performer will play the young incarnation of Philip Winchester in the independent film “In My Sleep” (2009), directed and penned by Allen Wolf. The film also stars Lacey Chabert, Abigail Spencer, Beth Grant, Kelly Overton and Michael Badal.
International Family Film Festival: Best Supporting Child Actor, “Simple Things,” 2007