Who is Daniel Ryan? Meet the star of crime drama Innocent

Learn more about the actor who plays Phil Collins in the new ITV serial.

ITV’s new crime drama Innocent bears all the hallmarks of a hit show.

The four-part serial features Lee Ingleby as a man released from prison on a technicality seven years after being convicted of his wife’s murder, and desperate to prove his innocence.

[Read more: What is ITV’s Innocent? All you need to know]

The programme, described by ITV as “a contemporary relationship drama with a thriller pulse”, also stars Hermione Norris, Adrian Rawlins - and Mount Pleasant star Daniel Ryan.

Find out all you need to know about Ryan here.

Who is Daniel Ryan?

Ryan was born Daniel O'Brien in 1968.  He trained at the London Academy of Dramatic Art (Lamda). He gained a recurring television role soon after graduation, appearing in two series of the crime drama Resnick, starring Tom Wilkinson.

He also appeared alongside Ewan McGregor in Dennis Potter’s Lipstick on Your Collar, and in episodes of drama series including Peak Practice, Casualty, Between the Lines and Soldier, Soldier.

Onstage, he was directed by Judi Dench at Regent’s Park Theatre, and performed at the National Theatre before being invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among his roles at the RSC was Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

What has he appeared in more recently?

Ryan continued to be a regular episodic guest star on TV, appearing in shows including Wire in the Blood, Holby City and Kingdom. He played Biff in the acclaimed Doctor Who episode Midnight with David Tennant in 2008.

Ryan is probably best known for playing the lead role of Dan Johnson, opposite Sally Lindsay, in successful Sky comedy-drama Mount Pleasant, which ran for six series from 2011.

Sally Lindsay and Daniel Ryan in 2013. Photo credit: Ken McKay/REX/Shutterstock

He has also been seen as the title character’s father in Just William, as butcher Bryn Brindsley in the ITV war-time drama Home Fires, in BBC sitcom Still Open All Hours and in the CBBC anthology series Creeped Out.

What else should I know about Daniel Ryan?

He particularly enjoys comedy roles. “The concept of doing more comedy is very much on my mind,” he told the British Comedy Guide. “I do find myself working predominantly in drama but I feel my 'comedy chops' are always looking for an outlet!” He’s also revealed that he’d “love to play a Basil Fawlty-type character”.

He also revealed to the Daily Express that he frets over the success – or otherwise – of the TV shows he stars in.

“I get hugely nervous,” he said. “For most viewers it is just an hour of television but for us it’s three months of our life filming. There’s no point making it if people aren’t going to respond. It’s like playing to an empty theatre. Not good!”

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