MDX actor famous for being Angelos Epithemiou on Shooting Stars appears in ITV's White House Farm

11/02/2020
Comedy writer and performer Dan Renton Skinner studied Drama at MDX in the mid-1990s and has played parts in The Office, Sex Education and The Crown

A MDX alumnus known for playing his character comedy creation Angelos Epithemiou on Shooting Stars has appeared on a gritty ITV true crime drama.

Dan Renton Skinner had a cameo in last week's episode of White House Farm, about the 1980s Bamber murders, as a tabloid journalist, who Jeremy Bamber attempts to sell pictures of his model sister to.

Plastic bag-clutching, sometime burger van owner Angelos appeared in three series of Shooting Stars - replacing Johnny Vegas, another MDX graduate - and also featured in other quiz shows, live performances and a spin-off chat show on Channel 4. Last autumn, Dan played Angelos in a four night run at Soho Theatre.

"I've always done impressions of people and that's what this character was, it was someone I met", Skinner told Radio 4's Front Row in 2012, explaining it was his attempt to capture the spirit of the stranger rather than exact mimicry.

Angelos devotees took to social media last Wednesday night after recognising Dan. "Awesome little spot on tonight's White House Farm! Bravo!! I just giggled away waiting for the plastic bag?," tweeted Sophie Howe.

Dan studied BA Drama at Middlesex from 1994-1997.

He began his career writing and performing with Stephen Evans and Neil Edmond in sketch act The Benders, and is a member of five man sketch group Dutch Elm Conservatoire.

As well as performances as Angelos, he's appeared on Tracey Ullman's BBC1 sketch series, The Armstrong and Miller Show, Mike Bassett: Manager, Friday Night Dinner (as Jeremy Phillips), The Office, My Family, Coupling, Little Boy Blue, Sex Education and The Crown. His film credits include The Spy Who Dumped Me, High Rise and BBC Films' Swallows and Amazons.

This year's North London Story Festival, hosted at MDX on Wednesday 19th February, is on a crime theme, with the tagline Prepare Your Alibi. Among the speakers are Booker Prize shortlisted author Stephen Kelman, Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson and Barbara Nadel, creator of "Turkish Morse" Çetin İkmen, and there are also sessions on TV crime drama and on true crime.

The final episode of White House Farm is on ITV at 9pm tonight, Wednesday 12th February. To watch earlier episodes, click here

For more information about studying Theatre at MDX, click here

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