Jan. 30th, 1971
Hastings, England, UK
Darren Boyd's Main TV Roles
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Boyd co-starred in the BBC comedy sitcom Kiss Me Kate (1998), opposite Amanda Holden. Kiss Me Kate ran for three years and established Boyd as new comedy talent in the UK. This led to starring roles in popular British comedies such as Hippies (1999) and Smack the Pony (1999),
In 2001, Boyd and Victoria Pile, creator of Smack The Pony, collaborated on a new show Los Dos Bros. The show was a quirky, off-beat sitcom exploring physical comedy, and starred Boyd and Cavan Clerkin as the titular (half-)brothers. Boyd was co-creator, co-writer and winner of a Silver Rose for Best Sitcom at the Montreux Festival in 2002. During this time Boyd was cast as Ben Radfield in NBC ensemble comedy Watching Ellie produced by and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Other cast included Steve Carell and Peter Stormare (2001 - 2004). Other overseas work includes two seasons in the Canadian comedy The Jane Show as the highly-strung, right-wing Republican, Walton (2005-2006).
Upon returning to the UK, Boyd played characters in further British television comedy series, including Dr. Jake Leaf in the second series of Green Wing (2006), neighbour Jonathan in the second series of Steve Coogan's Saxondale, Horatio in Channel 4 Comedy Showcase Ladies and Gentlemen written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong. He also appeared in an ITV pilot entitled Bike Squad, two-part comedy drama May Contain Nuts, which was based on John O'Farrell's best-selling novel, and Little Dorrit, a large-scale adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
Boyd has also played a number of dramatic roles in shows including The Legend of the Tamworth Two (2004), Love Soup (2005), Christmas at the Riviera for ITV, and Canadian TV series ReGenesis. He recently co-starred in the six-part series Personal Affairs for BBC3, and starred opposite Jodi Whittaker in Royal Wedding (2010), written by Abi Morgan for BBC2.
He appeared in the pilot Dappers, written by Catherine Johnson and the six-part BBC series Whites, starring opposite Alan Davies (2010), as well as guest-starring in an episode of Rev. starring Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman. He began filming a screen adaptation of Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency in October 2010 in which he is playing Mangan's sidekick Richard Macduff.
Boyd took the lead role of Daniel Spoon in 2006 South African feature film Spoon, which was directed by Sharlto Copley and Simon Hansen and co-starred Rutger Hauer. Other feature films Boyd has appeared in include High Heels and Low Lifes (2002), Imagine Me & You (2005), Magicians (2007) and Chris Morris' Four Lions (2010).
Boyd currently stars in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series ElvenQuest (as Vidar the Elf Lord) and Safety Catch.
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