Dan Renton Skinner
|Daniel Renton Skinner|
|Birth name||Daniel Renton Skinner|
|Born||25 January 1973|
|Medium||Stand up, television|
Daniel Renton Skinner (born 25 January 1973) is an English actor and comedy writer, working in stage, film and television. Skinner often performs as the character Angelos Epithemiou and 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.
Born in London, Skinner attended the independent Reed's School in Surrey, and graduated with a BA (Hons) degree in Drama from Middlesex University London (1994–97). His credits include the 24-hour play The Warp with Ken Campbell. After this he started writing and performing comedy regularly with Stephen Evans and Neil Edmond in a sketch troupe called The Benders.
Skinner has appeared in numerous TV comedies, including Mike Bassett: Manager (ITV1), The Office Christmas specials (BBC1), My Family (BBC1), Yonderland (Sky1) and Coupling (BBC2). He 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 played Reggie's chauffeur in the remake of 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, and appeared as Captain Length-Width with Vic Reeves in the CBBC show The Ministry of Curious Stuff. In 2013 he appeared as a police officer in The Wrong Mans with Yonderland co-star Matthew Baynton.
In 2018 Skinner appeared in the second episode of series 9 of Not Going Out as a mad man hell bent on revenge.
Skinner 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. He is (apparently) of Greek origin and resides in Neasden.
He is on the dole. He was originally introduced by Bob Mortimer as a competition winner, as well as a burger van owner from 'somewhere in the North East', although this aspect of his character was gradually sidelined. As the character developed, Epithemiou showed an ongoing obsession with Ulrika Jonsson, and revealed that his burger van had been destroyed by his brother Agathius. He also appeared in a series of YouTube clips alongside David Earl whose character Brian Gittins employed him at his cafe, and who was increasingly jealous of the fame Epithemiou was gaining on Shooting Stars.
Skinner appeared on BBC Three show World Cup 2010's Most Shocking Moments with other celebrities, reviewing and making jokes about incidents in the 2010 Fifa World Cup. This was one of the first appearances on TV since performing as the character Epithemiou on Shooting Stars.
In 2010 Skinner took the Epithemiou character on a UK tour titled Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Christmas Show; due to popular demand, venues introduced additional dates throughout December 2010.
In December 2011 Skinner won the Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist at The British Comedy Awards for his work as Epithemiou over the previous year. In the same month, he appeared as Epithemiou on the Christmas special of The Rob Brydon Show.
In 2012, he starred in his own show, The Angelos Epithemiou Show, on Channel 4. He also appeared as John Meringue in the Reeves and Mortimer quiz show Vic & Bob's Lucky Sexy Winners.
Epithemiou took part in Channel 4's Come Dine with Me on 4 January 2013. He served tinned mushroom soup with white sliced bread for the starter and employing a burger van to cook his main dish. The only dish he cooked was a swiss roll for dessert: however his guests were told to go home halfway through their desserts and had to finish their food in their taxis on the way home.
Angelos appeared alongside Debbie McGee on Pointless Celebrities in December 2018, raising money for Motor Neurone Disease
In 2014 he appeared weekly on comedy internet radio station Fubar Radio alongside Barry from Watford in The Barry & Angelos Show.
In June 2014, it was announced that Skinner would play Simmons in Ben Wheatley's upcoming film High-Rise. Skinner appeared in Swallows and Amazons alongside Andrew Scott and Rafe Spall as a Russian Agent.
He also appears in the 2016 documentary Notes on Blindness as the subject, John M. Hull, in recreations.
- Angelos Epithemiou & Friends Live (21 November 2011)
- Shooting Stars: Matt Lucas introduces Angelos Epithemiou BBC Comedy, 15 July 2009
- Leo Barraclough. "Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss Join Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise'". Variety. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
- "Notes on Blindness (2016) – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 5 December 2016.