Daniel Barker (Comedian and Voice Actor)

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Born (1987-01-06) January 6, 1987 (age 34)
Camden, North London
NationalityEnglish
CitizenshipEngland
Alma materUniversity of Bristol
Occupation
  • Comedian
  • , impressionist
  • actor
  • voice artist
  • comedy writer
  • musician
Parents
  • Sebastian Barker (father)
  • Sally Barker (mother)

Daniel Stathis Barker (born 6 January 1987) aka Damien Slash is an English comedian, impressionist, actor, voice artist comedy writer and musician known for his solo character comedy Sketch comedy show The Damien Slash Mixtape on BBC Radio 4. He began his career performing characters on YouTube and providing voice-overs for television advertisements, toys, video games and animation[1].

Background

Daniel Stathis Barker was born on 6 January 1987 in Camden, London, North London[2]. He is grandson of poets George Barker (poet) and Elizabeth Smart (Canadian author), and the son of poet Sebastian Barker and psychotherapist Sally Barker. Daniel Barker was educated at New End Primary School, Finchley Catholic High School, Camden School for Girls Sixth Form and at the University of Bristol (BA)

He is not Greek but was baptised in Greece as Greek Orthodox Church after his father built a house in Messenia to use as a writing retreat.[3]

Career

Barker attended the National Youth Theatre in 2004 and was selected for the Royal Court Young Writers Festival 2007 [4] along side after developing his play Early Bird[5][6] at Interplay Europe.

In 2011 Barker worked as a researcher on Rude Tube.[7] Following this role Barker bought a camera and uploaded his own videos to YouTube performing characters and comedy sketches under the pseudonym Damien Slash. This pseudonym was first adopted by Barker when he first uploaded audio comedy to Myspace Comedy between 2006 and 2008.

After performing at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and 2015[8] Barker was commissioned by the BBC to adapt his live show for BBC Radio 4 as The Damien Slash Mixtape. In 2017 after a positive reception from critics[9] the one man sketch show went on to be commissioned for a second, third and forth series. In 2019 the show was shortlisted for the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020[10].

As an actor his debut appearance on screen was alongside Julia Davis in Camping (British TV series) followed by numerous voice performances in series 11 and 12 of sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf making Barker one of the most recurring guest performers in the show's history[11]. Barker has also appeared in BAFTA Nominated Pls Like and as 'Clerk' in BAFTA award winning comedy Stath Lets Flats. Barker recently appeared along side Jamie Demetriouu, Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White in Ellie and Natasiain the sketch 'Internet Nails'.

As a voice actor Daniel Barker has featured as Zeke Von Genbu in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as Slime in the audio book version of Slime by David Walliams [12] and as Ron Hubble in the Stop motion feature film Strike (2018). For film Barker has provided supporting voices for movies including Get Santa and Minions (film). [13] Barker performs all the male characters in the cover system 2D shooter video game Not a Hero.

Other comedy acting television roles include Not Going Out, Sexy Murder, Richard Hammond's Secret Service, BBC Life Lessons and Fully Blown. Daniel Barker is the voice of the popular toy Silly Sausagewhich was featured on The Johnathon Ross Show[14] and The Ellen Degeneres Show[1]. The Silly Sausage toy sold over 100,000 units world wide[15].

Barker was commissioned to write the lyrics for a parody song featured in the film adaptation of Kill Your Friends.

As of 2020, Barker is an impressionist for the new incarnation of Spitting Image on BritBox playing Dominic Cummings and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

As a Musician

Having taught himself to compose electronic music whilst studying Drama at University of Bristol, Barker produced music and remixes under the name The Aspirins For My Children[16] for various artists including Scottee, Anita Blay and Marina Diamandis and the Diamonds[17]. His remix of Marina and The Diamonds song I Am Not a Robot was number 1 in NME's 10 Tracks You Have to Hear This Week on 24th June 2009.[18]

In 2008 Barker's track Hollow Out was used by fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac as the soundtrack to his 'Spring/Summer 3001 collection'[19][20][21] in partnership with Lego.[22]

Barker signed a Music publishing deal with EMI in 2009 and was commissioned to produce remixes for Grace Jones, Scissor Sisters ,The Good Natured, Frankmusik, Marina Diamandis and the Diamonds, Koudlam and Alex Winston. He also produced music with Lizzy Grant (now Lana Del Rey) and Anita Blay, producing the song 'Clean Apart' on her debut EP Querelle[23]

Personal life

Daniel Barker is the second cousin of Kimberley Walsh of the all female pop group Girls Aloud

Daniel Barker is the nephew of English actor Simon Rouse

In the media

  

References

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  8. "Damien Slash – Übermen (Lee Martin for Gag Reflex) | ThreeWeeks Edinburgh". Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  9. Bennett, Steve. "The Damian Slash Mixtape : Reviews 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  10. Guide, British Comedy (2019-11-19). "Comedies shortlisted for BBC Audio Awards 2020". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
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  15. "Seven Towns' Silly Sausage readies for "big 2017"". Mojo Nation. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  16. "Marina And The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Asprins For My Children mix) Free MP3 | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  17. "Marina And The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot (Asprins For My Children mix) Free MP3 | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  18. "10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week - Marina And The Diamonds, Amanda Blank, Faith No More | NME". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  19. Bell, Gabriel. "Blocking the Runway: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's LEGO Catwalk Show". www.refinery29.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  20. "JCDC Spring-Summer 3001 Lego". La Mjc (in français). Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  21. "Jean-Charles'dan 3001 İlkbahar - Yaz modası • Bigumigu". Bigumigu (in Türkçe). 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  22. Bell, Gabriel. "Blocking the Runway: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's LEGO Catwalk Show". www.refinery29.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  23. "Anita Blay", Wikipedia, 2020-07-01, retrieved 2020-11-11

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