Daniel, born and raised in London, England, moved to Saskatchewan in his teens, to a family completely immersed in show business. His mother Tessa Shaw was an actress, most notably of the ‘Dr. Who’ series fame and his father George Fathers, was one of the West End’s most respected Scenic Designers.
Recently nominated in 2020 for Outstanding Performance – Male at Canada’s ACTRA Awards, he is known for his ‘Machiavellian’, as well as physical roles, having been a former professional athlete (Rugby and Bull Riding). Daniel easily interchanges between American and UK accents. He is a former soldier and still serves as a part-time Instructor in the MOD (Rank of Capt.), which lends himself to playing his fare share of military and ex-military roles. Daniel is an accomplished horseman and as a result spent 2 seasons on CBC’s ‘Heartland’. He’s also an expert swordsman, having trained at the British Action Academy, which he demonstrated in CW’s ‘Reign’. However, before he fully committed to a career in Acting, he trained dancer (Ballet Rambert, Central School of Dance), which helped in being cast on stage in the Tony Award Winning ‘Mamma Mia!’ by Phyllida Llyod, playing two of the Leads, Bill Austin and Harry Bright in the Toronto Company.
in 2019, Daniel was cast by Glen Mazarra (The Walking Dead) as Abel Vannay (Series Supporting Lead) in Stephen King’s ‘The Dark Tower’.
In 2018, Daniel joined the cast of ‘Snatch’ – The TV Series playing opposite Rupert Grint of ‘Harry Potter’ fame. Producers were said to be looking for a younger version of Jeff Bridges.
Daniel is known the world over by teens having starred in Disney’s ‘Camp Rock’ movies opposite teen sensations, the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato, playing the affable Brown Cessario, an old time rock ‘n’ roller and Uncle of the Jonas Brothers. ‘Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam’ won the Peoples Choice Award (2011).
On the screen, Daniel has starred opposite such stars as Oscar® nominee, Ellen Page (‘Juno’), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Paul Rudd (Antman), Sir Derek Jacobi (‘Gladiator’) & Ken Welsh (‘The Void’). On television he played opposite Golden Globe nominated Tatiana Maslany in ‘Orphan Black’, Rob Lowe in Lifetime’s ‘Beach Girls’. For David Levien and Brian Koppleman of ‘Billions’ fame, Daniel reprized his role as gangster poker player ‘Muff Lannigan’ opposite Michael Madsen.
As a Presenter/Host he was privileged to present at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards in 2013, of which the show he hosted, ‘Canada’s Greatest Know It All’ for Discovery, was a nominated for numerous CSA’s in 2013 and 2014.
Daniel studied at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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