Daniel Barker (comedian)

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Daniel Stathis Barker
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Born6 January 1987
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Alma mater
  • New End Primary School
  • Finchley Catholic High School
  • Camden School For Girls Sixth Form
  • University of Bristol
  • Comedian
  • Impressionist
  • Actor
  • Voice artist
  • Comedy writer
  • Musician
  • Sebastian Barker (father)

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 show The Damien Slash Mixtape.[1] [2] BBC Radio 4. He began his career performing characters on YouTube and providing voice-overs for television advertisements, toys, video games and animation.


Daniel Stathis Barker was born on 6 January 1987 in Camden, North London. He is grandson of poets George Barker and Elizabeth Smart, 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 baptized in Greece as Greek Orthodox after his father built a house in Messenia to use as a writing retreat.[3]


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. 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 Barker was commissioned by the BBC to adapt his live show for Radio 4 as The Damien Slash Mixtape. In 2017 after a positive reception from critics[7] 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[8] As an actor his debut appearance on screen was alongside Julia Davis in Camping followed by 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[9]. 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 Demetriou, Natasia Demetriou and Ellie White in Ellie and Natasiain the sketch 'Internet Nails'. As a voice actor Daniel Barker has featured as Zeke in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, as Slime in the audio book version of Slime by David Walliams and as Ron Hubble in the stop frame animation feature film Strike (2018). For film Barker has provided supporting voices for movies including Get Santa and Minions. 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 and The Ellen Degeneres Show. The Silly Sausage toy sold over 100,000 units world wide[10] As of 2020, Barker is an impressionist for the new incarnation of Spitting Image on BritBox playing Dominic Cummings and Prince William.

Personal life

Daniel Barker is the second cousin of Kimberly Walsh of the all female pop group Girls Aloud. He is the nephew of English actor Simon Rouse.


  1. Bennett, Steve. "The Damian Slash Mixtape : Reviews 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  2. Reynolds, Gillian. "Radio review: Off the Page; The Damien Slash Mixtape; BBC OS Conversations on".
  3. "Sebastian Barker obituary". the Guardian. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  4. "Young Writers Festival Readings". Royal Court. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  5. "Daniel Barker". www.doollee.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  6. "Young Writers Festival Readings". Royal Court. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  7. Bennett, Steve. "The Damian Slash Mixtape : Reviews 2017 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  8. Guide, British Comedy (2019-11-19). "Comedies shortlisted for BBC Audio Awards 2020". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  9. "Daniel Barker". Tongue Tied. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  10. "Seven Towns' Silly Sausage readies for "big 2017"". Mojo Nation. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2020-11-11.

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