Biography

November 25, 2011 in Home, Side Nav

Daniel was born and raised in London, England to a family completely immersed in show business. His mother Tessa Shaw, an actress, most notably of the ‘Dr. Who’ series fame and his father George Fathers, was one of the West End’s most respected Scenic Designers.

Known for his physical, as well as ‘Machiavellian’ roles, having been a former soldier and professional athlete (Rugby and Bull Riding), Daniel easily interchanges between American and UK accents, having moved to Canada when he was in his late teens. He is a former Canadian Armed Forces Militia Soldier and is currently a Commissioned Officer in the British Army, as a part-time Instructor CFAV specialising in Fieldcraft (infantry battle manoeuvres and tactics) and Skill at Arms (Weapon Handling Instructor), which lends himself to playing his fare share of military and ex-military roles.

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However, he is also a trained dancer (Ballet Rambert, Central School of Dance), which helped him in being cast on stage in the Tony Award Winning ‘Mamma Mia!’ by Phyllida Llyod, playing two of the Leads, Bill Austin and Harry Bright in the Toronto Company. Daniel is an accomplished equestrian (former horse trainer and Rodeo Cowboy) and an expert swordsman, which he showed in CW’s ‘Reign’ and ‘Pompeii’, having trained rigorously with the British Action Academy.

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Daniel’s first big opportunity came as a young boy in front of Franco Zeffereli for the title role in the 1977 classic ‘Jesus of Nazareth’. However, as a boy he was much more interested in sports, going on to be selected for England’s U16 Rugby Final Trials and reaching the final of the All England Schools 400m Hurdles in which he came 5th.

Daniel is known the world over by teens having starred in Disney’s ‘Camp Rock’ movies opposite teen sensations, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, playing the affable Brown Cessario, an old time rock ‘n’ roller and Uncle of the Jonas Brothers. ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ won the Peoples Choice Award (2011).

On the big screen, Daniel has starred opposite such stars as Oscar® nominee, Ellen Page in the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Tracy Fragments’, Sir Derek Jacobi (‘Gladiator’), Paul Ruud (Ant-Man), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood). On television he’s played opposite Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominated Tatiana Maslany in (Orphan Black), Rob Lowe (The West Wing) in Lifetime’s ‘Beach Girls’. For David Levien and Brian Koppleman of ‘Billions’ fame, Daniel reprised his role as gangster poker player Muff Lannigan, ‘Tilt’ opposite Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs).

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As a Presenter/Host he was privileged to be a Present at
the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards in 2013, of which the show he hosted, ‘Canada’s Greatest Know It All’ for Discovery, was a nominated for numerous CSA’s in 2013 and 2014.

-Biography By: Mario Tassone, Publicist

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