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Darius Campbell

Darius Campbell, singer-songwriter & actor
Background information
Also known as Darius Danesh
Born 19 August 1980 (1980-08-19) (age 29)
Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Acoustic, Rock, Jazz
Occupations Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Musician, Music Producer
Years active 2000 - Present
Labels 19
Website Official Website
Notable instruments
Singing, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Violin

Darius Campbell[1] (born Darius Campbell-Danesh,[1] 19 August 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish (half Iranian) platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter, and West End stage actor. He rose to fame after finishing in third place on the British TV talent show Pop Idol in 2002.

His first, self-penned single Colourblind entered the UK singles chart at number one, and his debut album went platinum under the guidance of producer Steve Lillywhite. He has had five UK Top Ten singles.

His theatre work has included two West End runs in the musical Chicago playing Billy Flynn; starring as Sky Masterson in the Olivier Award winning Guys and Dolls; and originating the role of Rhett Butler in Trevor Nunn’s musical adaptation of Gone With The Wind.

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Biography

Early life

Darius' professional career began playing a ten-year-old Trojan boy in a non-singing role in the Scottish Opera's avant garde 1990s production of The Trojans. As a teenager he then performed twice with the Scottish Opera in a critically acclaimed production of Carmen.[2][3]

Music career

While studying English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University, he auditioned for the television show Popstars, reaching the final stages. In 2001 he auditioned for Pop Idol, where he was voted third. After the series final, he turned down Simon Cowell's offer to sing cover songs,[4] and instead sent a self-composed track to producer Steve Lillywhite who signed him to a five-album deal. In 2002 Colourblind became Darius' first number one single and his self-penned album Dive In went platinum.[4]

Darius went on to support Shakira in Paris on her World Tour[4] and completed his own sell-out UK Dive In Tour. He contributed to the War Child charity album[5] with Coldplay and Oasis and headlined in India with Alanis Morissette[6] after his album went platinum there. He also wrote a no. 6 Sunday Times Best Seller book, "Sink or Swim".

After receiving news that his father was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wrote and dedicated his second studio album Live Twice to Dr Booth Danesh.[4] In 2005, the album's title-track "Live Twice" became his fifth Top Ten single.[7]

A third studio album is planned which he has been writing and recording in London and Los Angeles.

Theatre work

Darius had two West End runs in Chicago[7] during 2005-2006, and at 25, officially became the youngest actor to fill the role of Billy Flynn since the show first opened on Broadway in 1975.

In 2007 he starred as Sky Masterson in Michael Grandage's Olivier Award winning production of Guys and Dolls.[8] Later that year he reprised his role of Billy Flynn for the 10th Anniversary charity performance of Chicago in London, to benefit the charities Breast Cancer Haven and Breast Health Institute.[9]

In 2008 he returned to London's West End to originate the role of Rhett Butler in Sir Trevor Nunn's musical adaptation of Gone With The Wind.[10] The show was criticised for being too long, but Darius received rave reviews for his performance: The Independent said "The diabolically dashing Darius Danesh brings a seductively insolent charm, a dark velvet voice and a genuine fugitive pathos to the cynical blockade runner.".[11] It officially opened at the New London Theatre on 22 April 2008, the production closing on 14 June, 2008, after 79 performances (including previews).

Television work

In 2009 he guest-starred in episode six of the fourth series of the BBC show Hotel Babylon, starring as Gennaro Fazio, an Italian magazine editor.[12]

In January 2010 Danesh appeared on the UK's ITV1 show Popstar to Operastar, in which popstars were trained to perform world-famous opera songs; the popstars being mentored by tenor Rolando Villazon and Katherine Jenkins.

Charity work

Darius works with the Lymphoma Association and also as a Prince's Trust Ambassador, working with underprivileged youth. He has also designed a guitar for Guitar Aid to raise funds and stimulate communities in some of the world's poorest countries.[13]

Personal life

Darius was born in Glasgow, to Iranian father, Dr Booth Danesh, and Scottish mother, Dr Avril Danesh, formerly Campbell.[1] He has two younger brothers, Cyrus and Aria. Educated at the High School of Glasgow, he then went on to study English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. He has a relationship with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge of Species fame.[1]

In January 2010 it was announced that he would be using the surname Campbell instead of Danesh.[1] He stated during a TV interview on GMTV that his surname was originally the double-barrelled Campbell-Danesh but as a recording artist he was known just as Darius; the surname Danesh was added when he gave his first interview so he didn't get the choice of which surname to use. His Campbell grandfather is proud that he is continuing his Scottish surname.[2]

Discography

See also

References

  • Danesh, Darius. Darius, Sink or Swim, My Story. ISBN 0-7553-1281-3

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Darius Danesh (born 19 August 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish (half Iranian) artist and West End stage actor. He rose to fame on the British TV talent show Pop Idol.

Darius' first single was "Colourblind".








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