Darren Day


Day auditioned for BBC's talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1987 and appeared on the show in 1988, introduced by host Bob Monkhouse. He won several heats and came fourth in the final.

After five years with a career that spanned being a Butlins redcoat, doing stand-up comedy, and singing with bands, Day made his breakthrough as a singer in London's West End theatre, starring in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, replacing the departing Phillip Schofield.[1] He then starred in many West end shows, such asGrease', Summer Holiday' and Godspell' and went on to develop a career as a television presenter, presenting programmes such as You Bet!, and Don't Try This at Home!. He appeared in the first series of the reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

In 1991, Day presented the Classic Nursery Rhymes video.

Day has appeared in many touring stage musicals, including Summer Holiday, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show and Great Expectations. In the pantomime season of 2005–06, Day appeared in the Derby Assembly Rooms production of Cinderella, where he played the part of Buttons. This is also where he first met his wife Stephanie, as she was appearing in the production.

Day worked in November 2006 on the Celebrity Scissorhands project for the BBC in aid of Children in Need. From there, he returned to pantomime for the 2006–07 season as 'Jack' in Jack and the Beanstalk at Billingham's Forum Theatre.
In 2007, Day toured the UK with a new theatre show The Music of Manilow and More, and made a guest appearance in July on ITV's police drama The Bill, playing a photographer who is the prime suspect in the death of a supermodel.

Autumn 2007 saw him take over from Mark Little in the UK tour of Defending the Caveman before returning to pantomime at the Lowry, Salford as King Rat in Dick Whittington co starring his wife and actress Stephanie Dooley, and Chesney Hawkes.[3]In 2009 he changed management [1] and was cast in the musical, We Will Rock You, alongside Kevin Kennedy which toured the UK.[4] In March 2010, Day took part in Celebrity Come Dine with Me on Channel 4, alongside Claire Sweeney, Kim Woodburn and Tom O'Connor. This episode was repeated in December 2010. From October 2010 to Jan 2011 Day played soap villain Danny Houston in the popular series Hollyoaks.

From April 2011 to July 2011, Day starred in the UK in the musical Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show, alongside co-star Brian Conley. In December 2011 Day starred as Captain Hook in the pantomime Peter Pan at Worthing Pavilion Theatre, breaking the theatre's 2003 box-office record to become the best selling pantomime the theatre has ever had. Whilst working in Worthing, he became acquainted with the work of the Stone Pillow, a charity working with the homeless, and after making a personal appearance in support of charity, he agreed to become a patron in 2012. Day reprised the role of Captain Hook in December 2012 at the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering, in their pantomime Peter Pan.

In early 2012, Day took on the role of American author Paul Sheldon in a production of Misery in Dubai. The production was nominated locally for a Time Out Theatre Award. In autumn 2012, Darren Day played HIV-positive gospel singer Gideon in the European premiere of the award-winning USA musical "The Last Session", for which he was nominated for Best Actor in the Off West End Awards ("The Offies"). In spring 2013, he was cast in a lead role in the British feature film Rudy playing a bereaved father of a teenage daughter, directed by Shona Auerbach. In June 2013 he began work on a new musical, The Golden Voice, which was due to premiere at the Arts Theatre in the West End in July 2013 and will run till September 2013 http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/production/2013/04/darren-day-to-star-in-new-musical-the-golden-voice/ In September was due to star in the new musical comedy "Stand Up" with Lionel Blair and Billy Pearce. In October he was due to star in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', a Tony award-winning show in its first UK tour.