Daniel Wyllie

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Daniel Wyllie
Dan Wyllie in June 6, 2013.jpg
Wyllie in 2013
Born 1970 (age 47–48)
Other names Dan Wyllie
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present
Awards Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: 2004 (for his role in Love My Way)

Daniel Wyllie, also known as Dan Wyllie (born 1970) is an Australian stage, film and television actor. Wyllie began acting on the stage and has a much-lauded body of work in theatre.

Early life[edit]

Wyllie grew up on Sydney's North Shore.[1] He attended North Sydney Boys High School and the University of New South Wales, where he studied arts for two years. Although he took part in amateur productions with the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), and while his involvement led to professional work, Wyllie considers himself untrained.[1]

When he was 18, Wyllie was involved in a car accident which knocked out his front four teeth and left him with a facial scar to his mouth.[2]


Wyllie primarily works in theatre, having appeared in many productions over the past two decades. He has performed frequently with the Sydney company Company B Belvoir, having appeared in productions of plays such as The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Pillowman and, creating the role of Fish Lamb in the landmark production of Cloudstreet, which toured both nationally and internationally.[3]

His first major acting role was in the 1992 film Spotswood, alongside Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Russell Crowe and Toni Collette. Later in 1992, he played neo-Nazi skinhead Cackles in Romper Stomper alongside Crowe, who got Wyllie his first agent. He counts actress Toni Collette as a close friend, and appeared with her in the films Muriel's Wedding and Così.[4]

In 2003 he appeared in the almost Long take video clip for The Sleepy Jackson Good Dancers (2003).

Wyllie's television work includes Bastard Boys, Bad Cop, Bad Cop, Underbelly and The Code. From 2005 – 2007, he had the role of Charlie Jackson in the drama series Love My Way, for which he received a Silver Logie for "Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series" in 2004. He also received Australian Film Institute Awards nominations in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 2010, he appeared in the role of Ezra White (one he had previously played in short drama film Ezra White, LL.B.), the central family's lawyer, in the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom.

In 2011, Wyllie joined the cast of Tangle as a guest star playing Michael Chubievsky in series three.[5]

In 2012 he appeared in Puberty Blues in the role of Roger Knight and in The Straits as Jojo.

In 2013, he appeared in Rake (third series) as Cleaver's sensitive cell mate, Mal, who fears release.

In 2016 he appeared in Foxtel's political thriller, Secret City as Mal Paxton, a minister in the Australian Government.


Year Title Role
1992 Spotswood Frank Fletcher
1992 Romper Stomper Cackles
1992 Drive Nick
1994 Muriel's Wedding Perry Heslop
1994 The Roly Poly Man Aggro Graffitist
1996 Cosi Closed Ward Nurse
1997 The IMAX Nutcracker Frederick
1998 The Thin Red Line Medic No. 1
1999 Redball Ronny Spinks
1999 Holy Smoke! Robbie
2000 Chopper Bluey
2002 Unconditional Love Pete
2003 The Shark Net (3-part TV drama) Eric Cooke
2003 Martha's New Coat Frank
2003 Peter Pan Alf Mason
2004 The Money Brett
2006 Ezra White, LL.B. Ezra White
2007 Lucky Miles Policeman No. 2
2008 You Better Watch Out Balaclava
2008 The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce Robert Greenhill
2009 The Edge of Reality Barry Duvall
2010 Not Even a Mouse Brad
2010 Animal Kingdom Ezra White
2011 Sanctum Crazy George
2011 The Hunter Pool Player
2011 Burning Man Darren
2011–13 Bananas in Pyjamas B2 the Banana
2012 The King is Dead Max
2012 Bait 3D Kirby
2013 The Turning Vic
2013 The Water Diviner Captain Charles Brindley
2015 The Beautiful Lie Nick Levin [6]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Mel (25 March 2012). "Dan Wyllie: Plays keep me honest". The Telegraph. 
  2. ^ Keenan, Catherine: Getting square, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 2005.
  3. ^ Teiwes, Jack: Nostalgia, Reconciliation or New National Myth?: The Adaptation of Cloudstreet to the Stage, Australasian Drama Studies, Number 48, April 2006.
  4. ^ Bailey, John: Lust for life, The Age, 6 January 2008.
  5. ^ Dan Wyllie joins Tangle TV Tonight, 4 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Dan Wyllie has a wicked way with vodka". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2015-11-07. 

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