Darren’s first starring theatre role was as Joseph in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium and on tour internationally. His West End career also includes Don in Summer Holiday, Tony in Copacabana and Danny in Grease. On tour, he has played Alfie in Alfie; Billy Bigelow in Carousel; Pip in Great Expectations; Jesus in Godspell; Frank n Furter in The Rocky Horror Show; Cornelius Hackle in Hello Dolly and Khashoggi in the Queen Musical We Will Rock You. He toured nationally in the acclaimed Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show and played American author Paul Sheldon in an international production of Stephen King’s Misery, which was nominated for a Time Out theatre award. He was then nominated for a Best Actor award for his role as Gideon in the acclaimed London Production of The Last Session. Most recent roles include Tick/Mitzi in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Bob in Rita Sue and Bob Too, and Melbourne Bumblescratch in the preview of the new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre.
Darren has numerous television presenting appearances, including several years on series such as Just Kidding; Don’t Try This at Home; Clockwise; Teen Win Lose or Draw and You Bet! He twice presented The Children’s Royal Variety Performance. Darren is also known for the vocal impersonations that form part of his solo show, Darren Day in Concert, which toured the UK and internationally throughout 2017.
Darren is an established recording artist, and has made guest appearances as a singer on a wide range of television shows, including The Royal Variety Performance. He released the album Summer Holiday and the single Young Girl, which reached the top 20 – both produced by Simon Cowell. His cast albums include Godspell, Great Expectations and The Last Session. In 2010, he recorded the Queen hit, Only the Good Die Young in aid of The Soldiers Charity. He recently released an album of his favourite musical theatre songs, This is the Moment.
In television, Darren has played a wide variety of roles. In 2017, he joined the cast of the Sky TV comedy drama Stella as wayward brother-in-law Will Morgan. Prior to that, he played Hollyoaks bad-lad Danny Houston. Other television roles include Michael Evans in Holby; Graham Watts in Crime Stories; David Wilde in Doctors; Jeff Slade in The Bill; Jonathan Adams in Mile High; Arthur in Harry Hill’s satire Extreme Soap and Inman in French and Saunders. Darren was a finalist in the 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother.
Recent feature film roles include London gangster Rik Searle in White Island and Russian villain Dimitry in Name of the Game. Darren also has two feature films currently in post-production, Rudy and Demon Eye, both with anticipated release dates in 2018.