Murder mystery actor Darren’s career stretches back twenty six years! As well as being a popular pantomime dame Darren has appeared and toured in productions throughout the UK. These include “Marat Sade” at the Playhouse Theatre and “Blood Wedding” at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London’s West End. He’s also appeared in “Hamlet ” at the Sheffield Crucible, “Nash” at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, and has played the title role of Tony in a record breaking production of the improvised play “Tony And Tina’s Wedding” at The English Theatre Frankfurt. The play proved to be so successful with the German audiences the run was extended twice! In 2000 Darren created the title role of Danny Monahan in the new musical “Danny”. The show toured the country to great acclaim. Darren was delighted to be asked to play one of his childhood hero’s recently – Groucho Marx in the new play “Anything Further Father”.
Darren has appeared on our television screens in a number of guises over the years. You may recognise him in the photos above, as PC Henshaw, one of Coronation Streets longest serving policemen. PC Henshaw appeared in over fifteen major story lines. He’s arrested everyone from Roy Cropper to Mike Baldwin!
Other television appearances include: Billy the barman in “Where The Heart is”, PC McMahon in “Emmerdale” and “The Royal” all for ITV.
Darren is best known for his work in Pocket Panto, where he also plays his infamous dame, Annie Fanny! Pocket Panto produces small scale traditional family pantomimes with large scale production values. Darren tours the shows in schools, libraries, pubs, clubs and community centres. These performances are not just over the traditional Christmas period but throughout the year. His cast of talented professional actors bring the whole pantomime experience to the venues they visit, with live singing, dancing, slapstick, audience participation and with the emphasis very much on family entertainment.
When not not playing The Dame, Darren has performed with Murder One in murder mystery events including in Murder Three Dimensional, staged at Wakefield Cathedral, and Murder In The Wings at Wakefield Theatre Royal.
If you’ve seen Darren in action please do leave us a little comment below! (No spoilers though please!)