Dan Renton Skinner
|Daniel Renton Skinner|
|Birth name||Daniel Renton Skinner|
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.
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.
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 Angelos 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.
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.
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.
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 Appearance
- 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.