Darren Day

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Darren Day
Born Darren Graham
(1968-07-17) 17 July 1968 (age 47)
Colchester, Essex, England, UK
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Stephanie Dooley (21 May 2007-present; 2 children)

Darren Day (born Darren Graham; 17 July 1968, Colchester, Essex) is an English actor, singer and television presenter, well known for his West End theatre starring roles.

Early life[edit]

Day's paternal grandfather had a comedy acrobatic strongman act and was once a warm-up act for George Formby. Day attended Sir Charles Lucas Arts College, and undertook drama classes at evenings and weekends until he was 13, when he turned his attention to snooker.[1] He became a professional snooker player at 17, but found himself drawn to entertainment. When Alex Higgins failed to complete a snooker exhibition match, Day got up and sang songs and did impressions to entertain the crowd.[1]


Day started his career as part of a comedy cabaret trio when he was just 17. He also worked as a Butlin's redcoat for a season. He later went solo and auditioned for BBC's talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1987 and appeared on the show in 1988, introduced by host Bob Monkhouse. He won several heats and came fourth in the final.[citation needed]

Day made his breakthrough as an actor in London's West End theatre, starring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when he replaced the departing Phillip Schofield.[1] He then starred in many West end shows, such as Grease', Summer Holiday' and Godspell and went on to develop a career as a television presenter, presenting programmes such as You Bet!, and Don't Try This at Home!. He appeared in the first series of the reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. In 1991, Day presented the Classic Nursery Rhymes video.[2]

Day has appeared in many touring stage musicals, including Summer Holiday, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, Hello Dolly and Great Expectations. In the pantomime season of 2005–06, Day appeared in the Derby Assembly Rooms production of Cinderella, where he played the part of Buttons. In 2007, Day toured the UK with a new theatre show The Music of Manilow and More, and made a guest appearance in July on ITV's police drama The Bill.[citation needed]

Autumn 2007 saw him take over from Mark Little in the UK tour of Defending the Caveman before returning to pantomime at the Lowry, Salford as King Rat in Dick Whittington.[3] In 2009 he changed management and was then cast in the musical, We Will Rock You, alongside Kevin Kennedy, which toured the UK.[4]

In March 2010, Day took part in Celebrity Come Dine with Me on Channel 4, alongside Claire Sweeney, Kim Woodburn and Tom O'Connor. This episode was repeated in December 2010. From October 2010 to Jan 2011 Day played soap villain Danny Houston in the popular series Hollyoaks.[citation needed]

In early 2012, Day took on the role of American author Paul Sheldon in a production of Misery in Dubai. The production was nominated locally for a Time Out Theatre Award. In autumn 2012, he played HIV-positive gospel singer Gideon in the European premiere of the award-winning USA musical "The Last Session", for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the Off West End Awards ("The Offies"). In September 2013 he starred in the new musical comedy "Stand Up" with Lionel Blair and Billy Pearce. In 2014, he revisited his cabaret roots when he stepped in for his old friend, Joe Longthorne, who was ill.[5] He then guested on the Holby City Christmas Special, playing panto dame Michael Evans.[6] In 2015 he toured his cabaret internationally and he also played villain Rik Searle in the feature film A Bus Could Run You Over



2015 A Bus Could Run You Over Rik Searle Feature film, Fulwell73
2014 Rudy Tom Feature Film, directed by Shona Auerbach
2002 Alice Short film
2004 Hellbreeder Jonathan


Year Show Role Notes
2001 Doctors David Wilde Recurring; 8 episodes
2004 French and Saunders Jude Law 2 episodes
2007 The Bill Jeff Slade 1 episode: Copy Cat Killer
2010 Hollyoaks Danny Houston Recurring; 26 episodes
2010 Come Dine With Me Himself Celebrity Special


2012 Crime Stories Graeme Watts 1 episode; Episode 5


2014 Holby City Michael Evans 1 episode; Christmas Special



  • "Only The Good Die Young" – (2011), For The Soldiers Charity
  • "Young Girl" – (1994), No.42 UK
  • "Summer Holiday Medley" – (1996), No.17 UK
  • "How Can I Be Sure?" – (1998), No.71 UK[7]


  • The Last Session – (2013)
  • Summer Holiday – (1996)
  • Darren Day – (1998), No.62 UK[7]


  1. ^ a b c Beds Herts and Bucks – Entertainment – Darren will let Alfie do the talking, bbc.co.uk; retrieved 29 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Amazon.co.uk: LOVEFiLM By Post". Lovefilm.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "It's take Rat for Darren", Manchester Evening News; accessed 13 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Queen musical We Will Rock You Hits Edinburgh". United Kingdom: Scottish Television. 31 October 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "Holby City | TV Guide 23 12 14 |". Whatsontv.co.uk. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records. p. 143. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
Matthew Kelly
Host of You Bet
Succeeded by
Series Ended