As a Child Actor on Stage
Sharman started acting as a child at the age of ten. He auditioned for the Royal Shakespeare Company and was selected out of hundreds of other children. “I just adored it,” he said of his venture into the dramatic arts. “Between Macbeth and Henry VI with all of the armor and the blood and everything, it was just fantastic as a kid. It was the best thing ever.” Sharman stayed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for two plays: The Park in 1995 (age 9) and Macbeth in 1996 (age 10). He also acted in the touring play The Winslow Boy in 2002 at age 16.
Sharman attended the private boarding school Mill Hill School, where he was known as “Dan Sharman” and also the Arts Educational School, both in London. During his school years, he acted in the play “Kvetch” that made it to the famous Edinburgh Fringe festival.
For three years, from 2004 to 2007, Daniel studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, gaining a bachelor of arts degree in acting.
From Stage to the Big Screen
Sharman’s first feature film role was in the independent film The Last Days of Edgar Harding, in which he played a musician. In 2010, he was cast as Ares, the Greek god of war, in the fantasy film The Immortals with Mickey Rourke, Kellan Lutz, and Henry Cavill among others; the film was released in 2011. “I found acting on film really difficult”, he admits of his first screen performances. “I found it really kind of odd and unnatural. Then I became obsessed with trying to get it right. I’m hugely competitive.”
Sharman’s television credits include a recurring role in two episodes of The Nine Lives of Chloe King as “Zane” (in which he appeared alongside fellow Teen Wolf cast member Colton Haynes), and roles in Inspector Lewis, Robin Pilcher’s television film Starting Over, and one episode of Judge John Deed. He also starred in Funny or Die’s The Sexy Dark Ages with Shawn Pyfrom and Robert Englund.
Currently, Sharman has a recurring role as werewolf “Isaac Lahey” in season 2 of MTV’s supernatural drama series, Teen Wolf. He is confirmed to reprise his role in season 3 of the show, broadcasting in 2013, as a regular character, as producer of the show, Jeff Davis, has stated that he will be a big part of season 3.
In addition to season 3 of Teen Wolf, Sharman will be seen in the upcoming horror film The Collection with his fellow Teen Wolf cast member Eaddy Mays, releasing in November 2012. He will also be in The Beauty of Sharks with Bill Nighy, Sharon Stone and Faye Dunaway, releasing in 2013, in which he portrays two roles: “Samuel Hamilton”, and a woman. He told Nylon magazine, “In The Beauty of Sharks I do something I’ve always wanted to do, which is play a woman. I look pretty bloody good–I hate to toot my own horn but I think I’d pull.”