40s-50s, Cheshire, Northern, Lancashire, Multiple
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Daniel is a British stage and screen actor, recognisable from his many roles on some of the nation’s best loved TV shows.  He is known for playing the dedicated, down to earth Detective Inspector Tony Manning in all four series of ITV’s ‘The Bay’. The fourth series aired in March 2023.  

In 2024 he stars as one of the leads, factory-owner Derek Jackson, in ITV's darkly comic 6-part crime thriller 'Passenger'.  The series sees a small town rocked by a series of inexplicable and strange crimes, including the disappearance of a young local girl who works in Derek's factory. 

In 2022 he starred alongside Keeley Hawes in the 3-part BBC drama 'Crossfire' as Ben, one of a group of holiday-makers in a luxury resort when a pair of gunmen open fire on the guests. He finds himself in charge of his friends' children when he is separated from the rest of the group.  Also in 2022 he starred in  ITVX's four-part drama series ‘Litvinenko’ which told the true story of doomed Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko and the complex and dangerous Met Police investigation that followed his death.  Daniel played Peter Clarke, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Met Police. The series also starred David Tennant and Mark Bonnar.

He had an ensemble role in the 2022 BBC drama ‘Four Lives’, which tells the true story of the Barking Murders.  He plays the role of Adam Whitworth, father of one of the victims.  The crime drama series also starred Sheridan Smith and Stephen Merchant.  

Also in 2022 he played the lead part of Gary in 'Middle', a new play at The National Theatre by David Eldridge, which explored 21st-century relationships, about a couple reaching a crossroads in their marriage.

He had a starring role in the Channel 5 mini-series ‘Cold Call' and since 2011 has starred in all 6 series, and the one-off finale, of Sky’s ‘Mount Pleasant’ playing the male lead Dan Johnson.  He also starred in series one of ITV’s 2018 crime drama series ‘Innocent’ alongside Lee Ingleby and Hermione Norris. 

Daniel has also appeared in the BBC’s ‘Death in Paradise’, ITV’s ‘Vera’ & ‘Doc Martin’ and the RTS nominated ITV period drama series ‘Home Fires’ about a group of women from the W.I. during the Second World War, inspired by the book ‘Jambusters’.  He also starred as Wiliam’s dad ‘Mr Brown’ in the 2010 BBC adaptation of ‘Just William’ alongside Caroline Quentin and Lily James. 

In 2006 he starred in the powerful BAFTA winning TV movie ‘The Government Inspector’ which dramatised the story of the Iraq dossier row and the death of government advisor Dr David Kelly. The film won three BAFTAs including ‘Best Single Drama’ as well as an RTS Award.

In 2011 he had a part in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides' and in 2014 he had a role in submarine disaster movie ‘Black Sea’ which starred Jude Law and David Threlfall. 

On stage he has appeared in a number of productions, including ‘Gethsemane’ at the National Theatre, ‘The Mouse and His Child’ for the RSC, ‘Inadmissible Evidence’ at the Donmar Warehouse and ‘Posh’ at the The Royal Court Theatre. He also played the role of ‘Lingk’ in the 2017 West End revival of David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’.  The play ran for 14 weeks at the Playhouse Theatre and also starred Christian Slater and Robert Glenister.  

Daniel’s native Northern accent is from Warrington in Cheshire which is equidistant from both Manchester and Liverpool and so both accents come naturally.  He can do an excellent Yorkshire accent too.

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Passenger (TV, 2024) – 'Derek Jackson', ITV
The Bay (TV, 2019-2023) – 'DI Tony Manning', ITV
Litvinenko (TV, 2022) – ITVX, Peter Clarke
Crossfire (TV, 2022) – 'Ben', BBC One
Middle (National Theatre, 2022) (Theatre, 2022) – 'Gary', National Theatre
Four Lives (TV, 2022) – 'Adam Whitworth', BBC One
Cold Call (TV, 2019-2021) – 'Des', Channel 5
Death in Paradise (TV, 2019) – 'Gerald Baynes', BBC One, Series 8
Vera (TV, 2019) – 'Alec Sidden', ITV, Series 9
Innocent (TV, 2018) – 'Phil Collins', ITV, Series One
The House They Grew Up In (Chichester Festival, 2017) (Theatre, 2017) – 'Daniel', Chichester Festival
Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre, 2017) (Theatre, 2017) – 'Lingk', Playhouse Theatre, West End
Mount Pleasant (TV, 2011-2017) – 'Dan Johnson', Sky One/Sky Living
Home Fires (TV, 2015-2016) – 'Bryn Brindsley', ITV
Doc Martin (TV, 2015) – 'Steve Baker', ITV, Series 7
Black Sea (Film, 2014) – 'Kurston', Universal Pictures
The Mouse and His Child (RSC, 2012-2013) (Theatre, 2012-2013) – 'Mouse', RSC, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon
Inadmissible Evidence (Donmar Warehouse, 2011) (Theatre, 2011) – 'Hudson', Donmar Warehouse
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Film, 2011) – 'Court Clerk', Walt Disney Pictures
Just William (TV, 2010) – 'Mr Brown', BBC One
Posh (Royal Court Theatre, 2010) (Theatre, 2010) – 'Chris', Royal Court Theatre
Gethsemane (National Theatre, 2008) (Theatre, 2008) – 'Mike Drysdale', National Theatre
The Government Inspector (TV, 2005) – 'Andrew Gilligan', Channel 4

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As Gary in Middle at The National Theatre
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