Danny Sapani

Biography

Born: November 15, 1970 in London, England, UK

Danny was born in November 1970 to Ghanaian parents who had moved to the UK in the late 60s and set up home in Hackney, East London. He is one of six children and attended a boys comp, formerly a Jewish Grammer school with such inspiring alumni as Harold Pinter, Stephen Berkoff and Arnold Wesker.

He was first influenced by one of his primary school teachers who, in trying to give this wayward young man an outlet for his passion and energy, put him in the school play. He was hooked. After years of wanting to be more involved in his new passion and having an obsession with performance in all its forms, Danny was asked to attend an audition for WAC (the Weekend Arts College) in Kentish Town, run by Celia Greenwood, an ex Drama teacher from a local secondary school.

 WAC was to become the birthplace of a deeper love of the dramatic arts, making dreams reality by putting children with the same desire and passion under the tutelage of highly skilled, working professionals.They were able to hone their talents and guide their passions toward professional careers. WAC was funded by the GLC and later the Arts Council. It was able to offer opportunities to kids who couldn’t otherwise afford lessons. Through its efforts, WAC’s work has led to an ongoing renaissance in British culture, spawning such talents as Courtney Pine, Marianne Jean Baptiste, Martina Laird and Che Walker, to name but a few.

Danny went on to train at Central School of Speech and Drama, which led to his working with the likes of Declan Donellan (Cheek by Jowl), Sam Mendes, Max Stafford-Clark (Out of Joint), Dominic Cooke (The Royal Court), Mark Rylance and Nick Hytner (The National) playing such roles as Othello, Marc Anthony, Macbeth and Iorek Byornison.

Danny’s career has combined these theatrical classics with modern plays and compelling dramas on TV.

In 2000 when he took the part of Ricky Mann in Ultimate Force, he established somewhat of a tough man persona, yet has worked hard since to demonstrate his versatility by bringing a gentle deft touch to all of his roles, even when playing the toughest (as a psycho killer probation worker in Misfits).

Danny has built a reputation of bringing intelligence, focus and a maverick energy to his work.

More recently, he has been seen on the big screen, bringing this work ethic and style to play in such performances as Lionel in Hard Boiled Sweets, Danny in Singham 2 (a Tamil speaking film) and Nate in Danny Boyle’s Trance. 

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