Daniel Coonan

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Daniel Coonan is a British actor.

Early life[edit]

Coonan was brought up in Haringey, in north London, moving to Plymouth, Devon in his teens, where he took up acting lessons. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[1]


After graduating, Coonan spent over ten years working almost exclusively in theatre, working with companies including The National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and Howard Barker's theatre company, The Wrestling School. Coonan then had roles in various television series, including a wrongly convicted murderer in Silent Witness, an investigating policeman in the BBC crime drama Mayday, and a violent alcoholic in Mike Leigh's revival of his classic play Ecstasy, which Leigh directed.

In 2013, Coonan joined the cast of the BBC soap opera EastEnders, playing Carl White,[2] having previously played David Priors in 2011.[3] He was originally contracted to appear in 28 episodes as Carl over a six-month period, but filmed over 60 episodes.[4] Coonan was axed from the show in September 2013[5] and departed in January 2014. Since leaving, Coonan has again returned to the stage, playing 'Marco' in Arthur Miller's classic play 'A View From the Bridge' at The Liverpool Playhouse and 'Black Dog' in The Royal National Theatre's 2015 production of 'Treasure Island'.[6]

In 2016 Coonan appeared in the Discovery Channel miniseries Harley and the Davidsons playing William A. Davidson, one of the founders of the Harley Davidson motorcycle company.[citation needed] He will be involved in filming History Channel's eight part drama documentary 'The War on Drugs' in early 2017[citation needed] as well as the BBC drama 'Hard Sun', created by Neil Cross, the writer of 'Luther'.

Selected theatre[edit]

Title Location Director
Storming: Young Writers Festival Royal Court Theatre Various
King Lear Royal National Theatre Richard Eyre
Peter Pan Royal National Theatre John Caird
Scenes from an Execution The Wrestling School Howard Barker
He Stumbled Almeida Theatre Howard Barker
Stop Kiss Soho Theatre Abigail Morris
The Woman in Black West End Robin Herford
The Way of the World Northampton Theatre Selina Cadell
Ecstasy Hampstead Theatre Mike Leigh

Selected television[edit]

Year Title Role
The Vanishing Man
2000 Britannic Seamus
2003 Seven Wonders of the Industrial World Philippe Buñau-Varilla
2004 Casualty Alec Facer
2005 Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee Dean
2005 Sugar Rush David
2007 Recovery Electrician
2009 FM Joe
2011 EastEnders David Priors
2012 Inside Men Kevin
2013 Mayday PC Simmons
2013 Silent Witness Simon Marshall
2013 Dancing on the Edge Policeman
2013–14 EastEnders Carl White
2016 Harley and the Davidsons William A. Davidson


  1. ^ "Newest EastEnders villain Carl White is Plymouth man Daniel Coonan". Plymouth Herald. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (6 May 2013). "'EastEnders' casts Kirsty Branning's bad boy ex Carl White". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Tyler, Laura-Jane (15–21 June 2013). "As Kirsty's evil ex arrives in Walford, newcomer Daniel Coonan can't wait to make his mark on the Square...". Inside Soap. Hearst Magazines UK. 2013 (24): 38–39. 
  4. ^ Early, Chas (25 October 2013). "EastEnders' Carl White – exclusive soap chat". BT Group. Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "EastEnders bosses axe four major stars from the soap in a bid to boost". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  6. ^ Klompus, Jack (24 September 2013). "'EastEnders' axes four stars: AJ, Poppy, Carl and Kirsty to leave soap". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 


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