|Birth name||Daniel Renton Skinner|
25 January 1973 |
|Medium||Stand up, Television|
Daniel Renton Skinner (born 1973) is an English actor and comedy writer, working in stage, film and television. Renton is a member of the British five-man sketch troupe Dutch Elm Conservatoire. The group were nominated for the Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005. He is probably most recognized for his character Angelos Epithemiou.
Born in London, Renton attended the independent Reed's School in Surrey, and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in drama at Middlesex University London (1994–97). His credits include a 24-hour play called The Warp with the late Ken Campbell. After this he started writing and performing comedy regularly with Stephen Evans and Neil Edmond in a sketch troupe called The Benders.
He has appeared in numerous TV comedies, including Mike Bassett: Manager (ITV1), The Office Christmas specials (BBC1), My Family (BBC1) and Coupling (BBC2). Renton was also a regular writer and performer on Katy Brand's Big Ass Show for ITV2. He appeared in series 2 of The Armstrong and Miller Show on the BBC in 2009, and the third series in 2010. He also plays Reggie's Chauffeur in Reggie Perrin.
He has appeared twice in BBC1's sitcom My Family both as a policeman in season 5's "The Mummy Returns" and in season 10's "Desperately Stalking Susan". He also had a part in episode 4 of series one of Mongrels as an American reporter.
He appeared as Angelos Epithemiou on series 6 of Shooting Stars as a permanent member of Team B, replacing Johnny Vegas. In series 7 and 8, he replaced George Dawes as the score keeper. The character's signature tune is "Drop The Pressure (Jack Beats 'Rinsed Out Rave' Remix)" by Project Bassline.
Skinner appeared on BBC Three show World Cup 2010's Most Shocking Moments with other celebrities reviewing and making jokes on the 2010 Fifa World Cup's most shocking moments. This is one of the first main appearances on TV since being the character Angelos on Shooting Stars.
Renton used Angelos' character and took him on tour within the UK, titled Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Christmas Show; due to popular demand, venues introduced additional dates throughout December 2010.
On 12 February 2011, he appeared on Soccer AM, making subsequent appearances on 28 May 2011, 26 November 2011 and 10 November 2012. On 5 December 2011, he was a guest panelist on the BBC music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Between 15 August and 18 August 2011, Renton appeared as Angelos Epithemiou in BBC Radio 1's Fun & Filth Cabaret, part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He ended each of the shows with a Hardtalk style interview.
On 17 December 2011 Skinner won the Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist at The British Comedy Awards for his work as Angelos over the previous year. He accepted the award from Ruth Jones and a noticeably fragile Freddie Starr and was congratulated by host Jonathan Ross for the way that he handled Starr's erratic behaviour during his acceptance speech as he escorted him from the stage. On 19 December, he appeared on The Rob Brydon Show as Angelos, on his Christmas special.
Angelos took part in Channel 4's Come Dine With Me on 4 January 2013. He did not actually make any of the food he served to his guests, instead using tinned mushroom soup with white sliced bread for the starter and employed a burger van to cook his main dish. His guests were told to go home halfway through their desserts and had to finish their food in their taxis on the way home.
Renton can be seen in a short film by Tim Plester entitled World of Wrestling (2006) in which he plays Dave 'Fit' Finlay, a wrestler who enjoyed 'a good rumble' (not to be confused with real professional wrestler Dave 'Fit' Finlay.)
- Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Live (21 November 2011)
- Renton Skinner at the Internet Movie Database
- United Agents-Talent agent
- Paramount comedy short-cuts website