Daniel Lapaine

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Daniel Lapaine
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Born (1971-06-15) 15 June 1971 (age 44)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Residence London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Fay Ripley (m. 2001)
Children 2

Daniel Lapaine (born 15 June 1971) is an Australian stage, film and television actor, currently residing in London[citation needed]. He also works as a writer and director.


Born in Sydney, Australia, Lapaine graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992. He first came to prominence In 1994 when he played David Van Arckle in P. J. Hogan's Muriel's Wedding. Since then he has worked internationally in film, theatre and television and is now based in London.

In theatre he most recently he played Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe, opposite Jonathan Pryce. Other theatre credits include the parts of Trip in Other Desert Cities and Eilert Lovborg in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic, opposite Sheridan Smith. He played Leontes in The Winter's Tale at the Sheffield Crucible; Kurt in The Dance of Death at the Donmar at the Trafalgar Studios and George in All My Sons in the West End, opposite David Suchet. At the Royal Court he appeared in [[Scenes from the Back of Beyond]] and "F***ing Games", directed by Dominic Cooke. In Australia, Lapaine appeared at [[The Sydney Theatre Company]] in King Lear and Les Parents Terribles, "Island" at Belvoir Street and for the Bell Shakespeare Company he played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet as well as appearing in Hamlet and Richard III.

Lapaine's recent film work includes Katherine Bigelow's Oscar winning Zero Dark Thirty, Last Chance Harvey opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson and "Shanghai", opposite John Cusack. He played the lead role in Pathe's The Abduction Club and Miramax's Elephant Juice, as well as memorable appearances in Brokedown Palace opposite Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. He has also appeared in many other films including 54, Dangerous Beauty, Polish Wedding and "Gozo".

Lapaine has worked extensively in television. He is currently filming the second series of Catastrophe for Channel 4 and Amazon Prime, in which he plays the part of Dave. Entertainment Weekly named Catastrophe "the best new comedy of the year". He recently portrayed King Charles II in the upcoming Canal + series Versailles. Daniel also starred in the 2000 television miniseries The 10th Kingdom as Prince Wendell White, ruler of the 4th Kingdom, and played Tim Allerton in the 2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode Death on the Nile opposite David Suchet. In 2009, he portrayed Neil Armstrong in the television film Moon Shot. He also played Hector in "Helen of Troy" opposite Rufus Sewell. Other television credits include "Critical"; "Vexed"; "Lewis"; "Vera"; "Black Mirror"; "Identity"; "Hotel Babylon"; "Sex, the City and Me"; "Jane Hall"; "The Good Housekeeping Guide"; "Golden Hour"; "Jericho"; "I Saw You"; In Australia he appeared in "A Country Practice" and "GP", opposite Cate Blanchett.

Lapaine also wrote and directed the Australian feature film 48 Shades. Based on the 1999 novel 48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls, the film was released in Australia by Buena Vista in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Lapaine met English actress Fay Ripley at a party hosted by mutual friends. Neither of them thought the other was interested in dating and they drifted apart. After meeting again on a trip in New York, they began dating.[1][2] They married in October 2001 in a ceremony in Tuscany, Italy. In October 2002, Ripley gave birth to their first child, a daughter called Parker. She gave birth to their second child, a son whom they named Sonny, in October 2006.[3]


Year Title Role Other notes
1994 Muriel's Wedding David Van Arckle Feature film
1998 Polish Wedding Ziggy Feature film
Dangerous Beauty Serafino Franco Biographic film
1999 Brokedown Palace Nick Parks Feature film
Double Jeopardy Handsome Internet Expert Feature film
2000 The 10th Kingdom Prince Wendell White TV miniseries
2002 The Abduction Club Garrett Byrne Feature film
2003 Helen of Troy Prince Hector TV miniseries
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Tim Allerton 1 episode (Death on the Nile)
2006 The Good Housekeeping Guide Joe TV film
Jane Hall Richard TV series
2007 Sex, the City and Me Patrick Turner TV film
2008 Hotel Babylon Ned Wright 4 episodes (Series 3, Episodes 4, 5, 6, 8)
Last Chance Harvey Scott Wright Feature Film
2009 Moonshot Neil Armstrong TV film
Waking the Dead Samuel Knight 2 episodes (Magdalene 26: Part 1 and Magdalene 26: Part 2)
2012 Vera Michael Morgan TV Series: 1 episode (Silent Voices, Series 2 Episode 2)
Lewis Kit Renton TV Series: 1 episode (Generation of Vipers, Series 6 Episode 2)
Zero Dark Thirty Tim - Station Chief Film
Vexed[4] Bob TV Series: 1 episode (Series 2 Episode 3)
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Jack's Dad (uncredited) Film
Dead in Tombstone Sheriff Bob Massey Video
2014 Death in Paradise Paul Bevans TV Series: 1 episode (Ye of Little Faith, Series 3 Episode 4)
Inspector George Gently[5] Stefan Lesley TV Series: 1 episode (Gently with Honour, Series 6 Episode 3)
2015 Catastrophe Dave TV Series : 3 episodes


  1. ^ Middlehurst, Lester (18 March 2006). "The Talented Miss Ripley". Daily Mail (Associated Newspapers): pp. 13–14 (Weekend supplement).
  2. ^ Staff (12 July 2002). "Seconds out – on a date". The Evening Gazette (Gazette Media Company).
  3. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (6 October 2006). "'People cross the road to tell me how ridiculous I look'". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group): p. 23.
  4. ^ Radio Times – Vexed – Series 2 – Episode 3
  5. ^ Radio Times – Inspector George Gently – Series 6 – Episode 3 – Gently with Honour

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