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Overview (3)

Birth NameNigel David Hunt
Nickname Dano/David Hunt
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor and Director, Daniel Hunt was born in Hellesdon, Norwich on May 14th 1963. (Real name Nigel David Hunt)

He began acting with the Norwich Theatre Royal Youth Group and then played 3 summer seasons in Weymouth, Dorset.

In 1986 he was accepted for the three year acting course at the renowned Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Due to Equity already representing another actor with the same name, he changed his professional title to Daniel Hunt at the recommendation of Webber-D's Principal, Raphael Jago.

He made his professional theatrical debut playing Jean in Strindberg's Miss Julie at the Café Theatre, Leicester Square, London. This was followed by a national tour playing Claudio in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, playing opposite actor and director James Ellis. He played Aslan in the West End in two of the Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy (Lyric, Hammersmith) and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royalty Theatre), in which he also appeared on two national UK tours.

Other West End credits include the title role in the musical Bertie Badger's Christmas Adventure (Fortune Theatre and tour) and Peter in Edward Albee's The Zoo Story (Actors Centre/Tristan Bates). He also toured the UK in many classical plays by Shakespeare, Strindberg, Ayckbourn, Kramer and Ibsen etc.

Between acting and directing assignments he has also worked as an acting tutor, creating and running the original PTTAEC at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup from 1997 - 2007. In 2007 he established the Act Now! Drama Company in London, and has directed 8 productions on the London fringe, including Electra (The Courtyard Theatre, London) and his self penned comedy plays That Happy Feeling! at the Broadway Studio Theatre and The Adventures of Royston Cockfosters at the Greenwich Playhouse. He also directed Something Wicked This Way Comes at Greenwich Playhouse, London, West End Gold (Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man), Beyond Therapy at Swansea Grand Theatre, The Tragedy of Federico Garcia Lorca, Mind Games, The Passion of Henrik Ibsen and Cowards Way (Broadway Studio Theatre) and The Tempest, Agamemnon, The Crucible, Three Sisters, An Ideal Husband, Peer Gynt, Antigone (Anouilh), SummerFolk (Gorky), Dr Faustus, Medea (Euripides) and Strange Interlude in New York for AD/NY/VoiceBank productions and Iphigenia at Aulis (Boston University).

Radio work includes: Torvald in 'A Dolls House', Iachimo in 'Cymbeline', Andre in 'Three Sisters', Solness in 'The Master Builder', Leonard Woolf in ' Leonard & Virginia', Edgar in 'The Dance of Death', Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Zeus in 'Gods Almighty!'

In January 2017 he performed his one man show Here Goes in New York, off Broadway. He works regularly as an actor, director, tutor and TV & Radio voice-over artist in London, Germany, Milan, Copenhagen, Spain, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and New York.

He was bestowed a special Niace/First Direct Drama Teaching and Directing Award for excellence in January 2017 and won his second Directing award in March 2019.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Liz Shepherd

Trade Mark (2)

Fair Hair
Fine bass baritone voice

Trivia (11)

He created the Act Now! Drama Company in 2007.
From 1997 - 2007 he ran the evening Theatre Arts Course at Rose Bruford College, Sidcup.
He played Aslan in two of the Chronicles of Narnia in London's West End and on tour in the UK. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Royalty Theatre) and The Horse and His Boy (Lyric, Hammersmith).
Daniel Hunt trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, whose alumni include Anthony Sher, Terence Stamp, Julia Ormond, Rupert Friend, Donald Sinden, Minnie Driver, Patrick Macnee, Emma Chambers, Ross Kemp, Steven Berkoff, Angela Lansbury, Gareth Hunt, Matthew Goode, Penelope Keith, Samantha Eggar, Anita Dobson, Sue Johnston, Hugh Bonneville and Julian Fellowes.
He has worked as an actor and director in the UK, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Milan, Paris, Copenhagen, Munich etc.
Daniel Hunt wrote and directed The Tragedy of Federico Garcia Lorca , That Happy Feeling!, The Passion of Henrik Ibsen, (Broadway Theatre, London), Electra (translation) (Courtyard Theatre, London), The Adventures of Royston Cockfosters (Greenwich Playhouse, London), Giaus & Drusilla (Norwich Playhouse) and Here Goes (Bowery Studio, New York).
A competent piano/keyboards player.
As a Voice-Over artist he has provided the voice of Boris Karloff for a reworking if 'The Monster Mash' on BBC's 'The One Show' and 'GMTV' (ITV).
He was bestowed a special International Niace/First Direct Drama Teaching and Directing Award for excellence in January 2017, for his work in the UK and US.
In March 2019 he was the featured guest on Paul Hayes radio show, 'Hayes Hosts' , selecting 6 of his chosen music tracks on BBC Radio Norfolk.
He was awarded a second Niace Award for directing in April 2019.

Personal Quotes (6)

Any insecurity for an actor auditioning for a job will be magnified. You have to have the confidence to know that you are good at what you do, without it being an arrogance. If not, how can you actually get up and do it? If you go to a tailor, to have a suit made, you go to the chap who will make you the best suit. You don't go to the guy who tells you he can just make 'an ok outfit'. If a director asks you if you are a good actor, you have to be able to look them in the eyes and know that you are. It's your job description.
  • Daniel Hunt (NY 2015)

An actor in training is under total personal scrutiny. Their voice, movement, physique, creativity and talent are constantly being analyzed for ways to enhance or improve themselves. This process makes us feel incredibly vulnerable, but we have to be open enough to take on others constructive observations and do something with them. I think, the best note I was ever given was, "Don't take it personally, but, take it personally!"
  • Daniel Hunt NY AD 2016

As actors we are paid to have wild imaginations! The wilder the better!
As actors we are paid to have wild imaginations! The wilder the better! - Daniel Hunt (NY 2016)
Creative individuals can be incredibly insecure. It took me quite a few years to be able to just accept a compliment and say "Thank You" rather than "I could have done that piece better!" - Daniel Hunt (Actor/director) (60 Minutes)
'Here Goes' is a pretty good prep note to always have in your head. It works for me anyway, even when answering this question.

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