Daniel was born on 25 April 1980 to Keith and Anne. He has a brother, Andrew and sister, Brodie.
When Daniel was 10 years old his family lived in England and travelled through France, Italy and Switzerland before returning to Australia.
As a student at Sydney
In April 2007, Dan competed in the Ironman Australian Triathlon, held in Port Macquarie. He finished in nine hours and 41 minutes, placing ninth out of 125 in his age group, and 64th out of the 1600-plus athletes overall. Unfortunately, he missed out on qualifying for a spot in the World Championships in Hawaii by only six minutes.
In March 2007, Daniel was asked to be an ambassador with Volkswagon.
Daniel acted opposite Edward Woodward in the 14th Century play The Mysteries in London's Canterbury Cathedral.
In 2003, Daniel was nominated for a British National Television Award in the Best Newcomer category for his role in The Bill.
In 2001, Daniel was nominated for a Silver Logie in the Most Popular Actor category for his performance as Joel in Neighbours.
In 1999 Daniel won a Logie for Most Popular New Male Talent for his performance as Joel in Neighbours.
Daniel posed nude in two Australian magazines - Gay men's magazine Attitude and the women's magazine Cleo.
Daniel had aspirations of becoming a triathlete, before badly injuring his knee. He then landed his first job as Joel in Neighbours.
Daniel attended Sydney Boys High School.
Daniel performed in the production Godspell in the UK.
Daniel: (on his City Homicide character, Detective Senior Constable Simon Joyner) He's really cool. He's the youngest of the homicide coppers and he's a really clever guy. I think he's got a good brain for it, but he's always turning up a little bit late with a hangover, his suit not ironed and shaggy hair. And he might be shagging the boss's wife…
Daniel: (describing Tripping Over) A bunch of people in their mid-20s, in the time post-growing up and pre-mortgage and kids, making mistakes on a global scale. Then you've got their parents, who are pretty much paying for the mistakes that they made at the same time in their lives.
Daniel: (on his character, Ned, in Tripping Over) Ned is taken out of his comfort zone from the very first episode where he says goodbye to a period of his life that had defined who he was. Suddenly, when that safety net of his identity through his job is taken away and he ends up in London - one of the greatest and thriving cities in the world but also one of the loneliest - he suddenly realises all the things that made him who he was don't exist, everything is turned upside down ... but he emerges at the other side of that [experience] a much stronger person.
Daniel: (on Tripping Over) I cringed when I first got the script. I said 'Oh I can't do this, this is career suicide', but the more I read the more I loved him and the more I realised that I don't actually think we are too similar as people - we've just had very similar career trajectories in those early stages. I think I could have turned out like Ned without the grounding I had from a supportive group of family and friends... but that's why I love him.
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