Daniel Boys was born on 26th March 1979 in Yateley, Hampshire. One of four children, he has two older brothers and a younger sister.
Daniel was spotted by the choirmaster at his school and became a chorister at St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough at the age of eleven. Daniel sang with the choir every Sunday, also performing in concerts and singing on several albums.
At school Daniel studied singing, drama, the piano and saxophone alongside regular subjects. Daniel left school at the age of eighteen with English and Music A-Levels.
Daniel won a Cameron Mackintosh scholarship to train at the Guilford School of Acting where he spent three years studying, and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours. Released from college six months early Daniel joined the musical Rent on it’s first UK national tour where he started off as the understudy to the characters Angel and Mark (played by Adam Rickett). This lead to Daniel taking over the lead role of Mark, performing alternative nights at the Prince Of Wales Theatre, in London’s West End.
Daniel appeared as King James in Remember! Remember! at the Bridewell Theatre, London. In July he took on the role of Morino in the Sunset Boulevard UK National Tour, starring alongside Faith Brown. Daniel went on to play the part of Roger in Grease for a year at the Victoria Palace Theatre before playing the same role in the Japanese tour of the show.
Daniel made his panto debut as Muddles in Snow White at the Buxton Opera House.
Daniel went on to tour Europe playing the part of Tony in West Side Story during the spring. Grease lured him back and during the summer he performed the part of Doody in the Scandinavian and Cypriot tours.
In the summer of 2004 Daniel was a featured soloist in a series of Disney’s Enchanted Evening concerts. The final concert was televised on the BBC’s “Family Prom In The Park”. He went on to star in a music concert of Rent at the Millfield Arts Centre. At the end of the year Daniel returned to panto starring as Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre.
Daniel took part in BBC London’s Children In Need – The Musical and returned to the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon to take the title role in the pantomime Peter Pan.
In spring Daniel played the part of Parson Nathaniel and understudied the four male parts in the world premiere of the national tour of Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. Daniel starred alongside, and understudied for Russell Watson. Daniel can been seen performing during dress rehearsals in the special features on the War of the Worlds Musical Live Tour DVD.
In the autumn, Daniel returned to the role of Mark in the European tour of Rent, which took him to Germany, Holland and Switzerland.
In March Daniel auditioned to be a contestant on the BBC’s “Any Dream Will Do”, a TV show searching for a Joseph for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. He performed to a television audience of over ten million each week, and quickly became one of the favourites in the competition gaining the slogan “Make Some Noise for Daniel Boys”. In week six viewers and the panel were left stunned when he made a shock departure as Daniel lost his place in the sing off to fellow competitor Lewis Bradley.
In July Daniel returned to the theatre to take on the role of Anthony Hopein
in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, at the newly
restored Royal Festival Hall. Daniel went on to be a featured guest on BBC
Radio 2’s “Friday Night Is Music Night” and has now become a frequent guest
on the show.
Towards the end of 2007 Daniel took the lead in the UK Premiere of the 2006 Off-Broadway hit “I Love You Because” playing Austin Bennet at The Landor Theatre, Clapham.
December Daniel took one of his dream roles playing Princeton and Rod in
the hit musical “Avenue Q” at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End.
For this role, Daniel won the 2009 Theatregoers Choice Award for ‘Best Take
Over’ in a role.
On the 13th of April, alongside “Any Dream Will Do” contestants Ben
James-Ellis and Keith Jack, Daniel performed as a special guest on John
Barrowman’s “Another Side Tour”. Daniel was John’s special guest for the
Brighton and Portsmouth shows on the tour.
Later in the year Daniel performed in various concerts, including:
· Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 60th Birthday Concert at Hyde Park singing “A Light at the End of the Tunnel” alongside other contestants from “Any Dream Will Do” and "I’d Do Anything"
· West End Comes To Walden - An Afternoon Of Show Songs
· When You Got It Flaunt It!
· Georgia Stitt and Friends in Concert.
Daniel performed in the “Celebration of the Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber” show which toured the UK.
During the course of the year, Daniel also sang alongside Bryn Terfel, Bonnie Langford, and Jodie Prenger.
Daniel also recorded a song for the CD “Act One – Songs From The Musicals Of Alexandra S. Bermange.
As well as supporting John Barrowman on some of his tour dates in 2008, he recorded “I Know Him So Well” with John, which features on John’s “Music, Music, Music” album which was released on November 24th 2008.
Becoming friends during the TV shows and concerts, Daniel toured with John Barrowman
promoting the "Music Music Music" album in 2009.
2009 has been a very busy year for Daniel. In addition to appearing in Avenue Q and touring with John Barrowman, Daniel found time to record his first album, “So Close”, released on 1st June, featuring songs from musical theatre and songs which have special meaning to him.
November saw the release of John Barrowman's tour DVD featuring Daniel and also saw the release of the CD "Christmas In New York" where he recorded "Ave Maria". Daniel also performed in the now annual "Christmas In New York" concert in London.
Daniel can also be heard on the "Only You Can Save Mankind" CD which features a selection of songs from Terry Pratchett's new musical.
2010 is proving to be a busy year for Daniel. After leaving Avenue Q at the end of January, he has performed in various concerts. Daniel performed in two concerts with Jesse Buckley in February in Manchester and Birmingham. April bought about Daniel's debut cabaret show at Pizza On The Park. After last year's performance with Miranda, Daniel again performed in her show in London in May. He also performed in "London Lights Broadway Nights", a charity concert in Aldershot.
Daniel appeared in "Painted Lady, The Princess Caraboo Scandal" and "Wolfboy". In June, he presented one of the West End Live days where he also performed a few numbers.
Daniel's "So Close" cabaret tour took him to Wilton's Music Hall, Maidstone, The Delfont Room, Greenwich and Leicester Square Theatre.
Christmas and New Year brings Daniel back to panto where he is playing Prince Simon of Sofaria in Snow White at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage.
2011 is already looking to be a busy year for Daniel. After panto Daniel appeared on Helen Blackman's Album "The Sound Of Rodgers and Hammerstein" before taking to the stage again as Jason in "Ordinary Days" at the Trafalgar Studios where he performed a series of cabaret shows after the show. In April he joined Helena Blackman in Gateshead at "Singalongashow with Northern Sinfonia"
Daniel featured on Michael Bruce's album "Unwritten Songs" and is due to appear on Shona White's album.
Daniel has also been making a number of appearances for charity including "She's The One", a concert in aid of Breast Cancer, and hosting the Brighton Equality Walk for Stonewall.
Daniel will be making his Australian Debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival before going on to perform in Sydney.
This year will see Daniel travelling to Never Never Land where he will star as Peter Pan in Dublin in July, and Southampton in December.
There are also plans to record his 2nd album which will be Michael Bublé/Josh