Daniel Andrew Sharman (born 25 April 1986) is an English actor.
He is known for his roles as Isaac Lahey on the television series Teen Wolf (2012–2014), Kaleb Westphall / Kol Mikaelson on The Originals (2014–2015), Troy Otto on Fear the Walking Dead (2017), Lorenzo de’ Medici in Medici: The Magnificent (2018), and the Weeping Monk in Cursed (2020). He also starred in the film Immortals (2011).
Sharman was born and raised in Hackney, London. He started acting as a child at the age of nine when 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 armour 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).
Sharman attended Mill Hill School and also the Arts Educational School, both in London. During his school years, he acted in the play “Kvetch” that made it to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. He also acted in the touring play The Winslow Boy in 2002 at age 16.
For three years, from 2004 to 2007, Sharman studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in acting and graduating with honors. After that, he performed in many theatrical productions in London and Europe.
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 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 also appeared in the horror film The Collection, released in November 2012.
Sharman’s television credits include roles in Judge John Deed, Inspector Lewis and the television films Starting Over and When Calls the Heart . Beginning in 2012, Sharman had a major recurring role as werewolf Isaac Lahey in MTV’s supernatural drama series Teen Wolf. In March 2014, after the season 3 finale, it was announced that Sharman would be leaving the series as he wanted to explore other opportunities.
Charlie Carver, Max Carver and Daniel Sharman, 2013.
He joined The Originals as the recurring character Kaleb Westphall in May 2014. In March 2015, it was confirmed that Sharman had landed the lead role in the CBS medical drama pilot LFE opposite actress Melissa Leo However, the pilot was ultimately not picked up by the network. In 2017, he joined the cast of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead as a series regular in the role of Troy Otto. The third season of the series premiered on 5 June of the same year.
On 10 August 2017, it was reported that Sharman had been cast in the lead role in Medici: The Magnificent. He portrays Lorenzo de’ Medici for the planned two season run of the series. The two seasons of Medici: The Magnificent serve as second and third season of the Medici franchise and are set 20 years after the events of the loosely connected first season, named Medici: Masters of Florence.
In March 2019, Sharman joined Cursed, a Netflix television series based on a re-imaging of the Arthurian legend.
Other work and interests
Sharman read the audiobook version of Cassandra Clare’s young adult novel Clockwork Princess, the third and final installment of her The Infernal Devices trilogy. In 2015, he joined the Williamstown Theatre Festival for the play Off the Main Road with Kyra Sedgwick, among others