Travels from: New South Wales
Provides a masterful performance as MC or Host - and does it seemingly with ease.
Categories: MCs & Hosts
Full Presenter Profile & Bio
Whether it is acting, hosting Dancing With The Stars or competing in triathlons, Daniel provides a masterful performance and does it seemingly with ease.
In 2011, Daniel’s role as Jack Keenan in Wild Boys, a period piece set in the 1800s about a group of Aussie bushrangers, earned Daniel a TV Week Silver Logie nomination for Most Popular Actor. He was also host of Dancing with the Stars at this time.
In 2010 Daniel extended his hosting duties for the Channel Seven game show Beat the Star and he filmed the Melbourne Cup movie The Cup, starring alongside Stephen Curry and Tom Burlinson.
Growing up in the Sydney beachside suburb of Cronulla, Daniel was discovered while competing in the Kurnell triathlon and became well known as Joel Samuels in Neighbours. In 1999, after making his mark on Neighbours, he received a Logie award for Most Popular New Male Talent.
In 2002, Daniel moved to the UK to star in the musical ‘Godspell’, alternating the lead role. Upon completion of the show, he was offered the role of PC Cameron Tait in the long-running iconic British TV series The Bill. Within a year, Daniel was nominated for the British National Television Award for Best Newcomer. He also starred opposite legendary actor Edward Woodward on the stage in 'The Mysteries' in London’s Canterbury Cathedral, to rave reviews.
Daniel’s career has continued to traverse the globe and several genres, with leading roles on Tripping Over, Blackjack, Seven’s hit crime drama City Homicide, as well as hosting The X Factor in 2005.
In 2008, Daniel was named GQ Magazine’s ‘Television Personality of the Year’ after his stellar debut as the new host of Dancing with the Stars.
Throughout this time, Daniel has upheld a demanding and gruelling fitness routine and continued to compete in elite-level triathlons. A dedicated and talented athlete, in May 2009 he competed in the China Ironman event, finishing first in his age group, earning his place in the pinnacle of triathlons, the Hawaii Ironman. Later that year, following his second season of Dancing with the Stars, he successfully completed the event, finishing in a respectable 541st place from a field of 1700.
Proving he is more than just a celebrity competitor, Daniel has won his division at numerous races, including Ironman China, The LA Triathlon, and the Santa Barbara International Triathlon. Having conquered the ‘toughest one-day event on the planet’ - the grueling Hawaiian Ironman - in 2009, Daniel is aiming to re-qualify and race again on the Big Island in 2014.
Daniel is also a multiple marathon finisher, and has used his profile to raise money and awareness for charities such as Reclink, Charity: water, and The Indigneous Marathon Project for which he is an ambassador.