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Nico Panagio matriculated at Pretoria Boys High School and went on to complete his national service in the South African Navy. Following his studies in business management he went on to study drama at the Method Actors Training Centre in Pretoria.
He soon took to the screens and performed in various local television soaps amongst others Egoli, Generations, 7de Laan and various series including Zone 14, Erfsondes and Ella Blue. He has a great passion for theatre and has played the lead in various dramatic as well as comedic roles on many stages around the country, from the Pretoria State theatre to the Artscape in Cape Town as well as many art festivals.
He joined SABC 3′s magazine show Top Billing as a freelance presenter in 2007. Apart from the interesting content and exotic travel, this show has allowed him the pleasure of exploring his passion for the outdoors in various adventures from jumping out of airplanes to cliff climbing in Malta and swimming in shark infested waters. He has interviewed various international stars such as Charlize Theron, Kylie Minogue, Bryan Adams and many others.
He is a seasoned master of ceremonies, hosting and guest-speaking at various events ranging from corporate launches and awards evenings to fashion shows, golf days and private occasions. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the Miss South Africa pageant 2006 and performs as MC on a weekly basis. He has also narrated with a backing orchestra at the International Chamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch, led by the esteemed conductor Victor Yampolsky.
Nico has been nominated for and received numerous awards amongst others the Peoples’ Choice nomination for Best Actor and awards for Best Dressed Presenter, Sexiest Man, Kids Choice Favourite Soap Star and One of GQ’s Best Dressed Men.
Of Greek descent, his full name is Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos and although he carries it with pride, for practical reasons, he uses the stage name Nico Panagio as his public profile.
Other than his corporate education and his training as actor, Nico completed various courses including Paramedics, Body Guarding, Anti – Terrorism and Advanced Scuba Diving. He has a brown belt in Karate and has trained as a kick boxer as well as Thai boxer (Muay Thai). To keep in shape he likes to get outside, so apart from martial arts he likes surfing, mountain biking, hiking, horse-riding and playing golf.
He’s had the awesome experience of delivering a new born baby, plays the didgeridoo and the guitar (for his wife and good friends only) and is very happily married to the beautiful girl he met in drama school back in ’98 – actress Christi Panagio.
Nico participated in the 3rd season of South African version of Survivor, the celebrity edition, as the host of the show.