Daniel Hill (actor)
Bristol, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor and Writer|
|Years active||1971 - present|
Daniel Hill (born 1956) is an English actor known for his career in television, theatre, and films including: 'Love's Labours Lost; Harry Potter ;The Deathly Hallows.
Daniel had already appeared in three plays as a 13/14 year old at B.O.V Company when he decided to apply for an audition for the acting course with Nat Brennar when he was 17; his chosen audition speech was Prospero's "Ye Elves of Hills..." from 'The Tempest' "Prospero?!" Nat exclaimed "He's 90!! Why pick him?" "Because he's got the biggest speech in the play", Daniel replied. Nat gave him a place 'deferred for a year' "To grow up a bit". So Daniel pushed scenery on the Peter O'Toole season at the Theatre Royal, Bristol, Three months later, The B.O.V Company made him an ASM and gave an Equity card to go 'Up the road to the theatre school' for three years. Consequently, Daniel was lifted out of drama school to appear in 'Forget Me Not Lane' for BBC2 with Albert Finney and Gemma Jones. Mark Woolgar gave him his first proper rep season at Derby where he played Alan Strang in 'Equus'; Romeo; and Stanhope in 'Journey's End'. Once in London, he did eight months in Zeffirelli's production of Fillumena with Frank Finlay, Joan Plowright, playing Jay Benedict and Pierce Brosnan's brother. Henry v (BOV); Chatterton in 'Marvellous Boy' (BOV); Othello (Greenwich); Passionaria (Pam Gems); Wilson in Orton's 'Ruffian On The Stairs' (Kings Head). He spent the next six years at the BBC working on overlapping drama series (Tom in Accident; Louis in The Devil's Crown; Wings; Secret Army; Danny in 'Blood Money' and 'Skorpion'; Chris Parsons in the ill-fated 'Doctor Who' six-parter 'SHADA'; Johnny in Minder; Tom in Tenko. Michael Leggo asked Daniel to do a comedy sketch for Geoff Posner, and Twelve years of comedy at the BBC followed including Lenny Henry; Five series of 'No Place Like Home' as Raymond with Martin Clunes, William Gaunt and Patricia Garwood; Steven in The Only Fools and Horses 'Jolly Boys Outing' Christmas film and five years playing Harvey Bains in Waiting for God', alongside Stephanie Cole, Graham Crowden and Janine Duvitski. Interspersed with forays back to TV Drama including 'Border' a BBC Screen-2 production playing Jiri, alongside Shaun Scott and Edita Brichta for Micha Williams and Terry Coles. More theatre at The Orange Tree'in Jeremy Paul's The Watcher; 'Absurd Person Singular' for Peter Wilson; Richard in Terry Johnson's 'Dead Funny', directed by Gemma Bodinez. After 'Waiting For God' ended he was in 'Rose and Maloney' (ITV); 2 series of 'Welcome TO Orty-Fou' playing Greig Basham (CITV); Linder in The U.S mini-series 'Uprising' for Jon Avnet (NBC); Gerry in 'Hope and Glory' (BBC); Five comi-tragic guest leads in 'Doctors' for James Larkin over six years; and five series of 'Judge John Deed' playing Simon Norwalk Q.C for Gordon Newman (BBC). The Good Citizen (BBC for James Strong) Theatre included 'Importance...' (BOV); 'Pack Of Lies' (Bill Kenwright; Christopher Morohan'; 'Proving Mister Jennings' and 'Life Blood' (Edinburgh and Riverside Studios, London, for Guy Retallack; 'Fallen Angels' (Bill Kenwright and Roy Marsden); Richard in 'On Approval' (Jermyn Street for Anthony Biggs). 'Dial M For Murder' for Lucy Bailey (West Yorkshire and Fiery Angel). Recent TV- 'United' (James Strong); 'Broadchurch 2' also for James Strong; '24' for Jon Cassar. Films include- Ken Brannagh's musical film version of 'Loves Labours Lost'; Escape (US); Act Of God; Red Mercury Rising and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 His voice work includes; documentaries- 'Popstars 1 and 2'(ITV); 'Leonardo for BBC U.S. 'Undercover Capital Cities' for Sky; and numerous children's books for BBC Audio; Chivers; Audible and Audio Go- and a few grown-up books as well.
As a writer, he started with six half-hour BBC comedy commissions. He's written Screenplays for David Barron including 'Highnoon in Tonypandy' and 'Gary and Elvis'. In the theatre he was commissioned to write 'Shaken Not Stirred' for Michael Napier Brown at Northampton Royal, which subsequently became 'Cracked' at Hampstead theatre in London directed by Terry Johnson; then translated into German and playing in Hamburg as 'Beknacht'. He also wrote; directed and starred in 'Palace Balls' at Jermyn Street (A comedy about a drama that becomes a farce. He wrote and directed a seven-minute short for David Barron called 'Whoosh' (bought by channel 4; Film Four; Canal+; shiwn Odeon Leicester Square and UK cinema release alongside the re-launch of 'It's A Wonderful Life'. At the Albert Hall he co-wrote 'Music From the Movies: 'Patrick Doyle' with Kenneth Branagh, and which Daniel also narrated. He has also written a new pilot for an International TV Series for David Barron.