Daniel Edward Harland was born on the 11th January 1985 in Ipswich, Suffolk. He grew up in Durham in the North of England from the age of four and spent the majority of his life there. At school, he longed to be a professional footballer where he was handed a chance to join the Sunderland FC Youth Academy. He turned it down, and pursued a number of different aspirations which led to many dead ends. Without any idea where his life was going, his parents, who were both teachers at the time, decided to push him towards acting. He joined New College in Durham in 2002 and studied Performing Arts for three years. After graduating with top marks, he auditioned for many top drama schools such as RADA, Mountview and Guildford, without success. Daniel then took a year out working before finally being accepted into Bath Spa University, where he again studied Acting in 2007.
During his studies, he performed in stage productions such as A Streetcar Named Desire (2007, Faust (2009) and Beautiful Thing (2010) which toured many theatres around the South-East and London. After graduating in 2010, his Film and TV credits included Atonement (2007), The Runner (2008), The White Room (2009), Piggy (2011) and Dark Shadows (2012). He has also appeared in the new James Bond film, Skyfall (2012) and has a number of film projects lined up in the near future.
He also played the role of lead gangster, Terry in Britain's Biggest Heists Season Two (2010). He received critical acclaim for playing 'Jake' in The Runner, who gets mixed up in the murky world of drugs and violence in the slums of Bristol.
He has also trained with Michael Hargreaves of RADA and Gunduz Kalic, founder of East 15 Acting School. He also continues to do a lot of work with the Actors Studio.