As we prepare for another weekend of relaxing TV, will another contestant on Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel win as much as Damien Harriott helped contestant Jonathan from Surrey secure last Saturday?
Darren was adament he knew the answer to the final, nail-biting question ‘What does the F stand for when referring to the digital assets called NFTS?’. Persuaded by Darren’s confidence, Jonathan put his faith in his knowledge and won £116,000, the biggest ever prize on the show.
Darren, TV’s rising star and award-nominated comedian joins ITV favourite Dancing on Ice in January, proving that the Love Island: Aftersun has come far since growing up in the Black Country.
“I love dancing! I started to take Latin classes coming out of lockdown – I still move like a fridge on the dancefloor, but it’s been great for my mental health, so doing it on ice is a fantastic new challenge. The only problem is I’ve got size 14 feet and they still haven’t found a pair of skates big enough, so at this rate I may be dancing in my socks! My family are already making bets that I’ll fall on the first episode.”Darren Harriott
Darren joined a local gang, ‘Terror Klan Killerz’, after his father took his own life in prison. What started innocently, led to him being beaten so badly he woke up in hospital on New Year’s Eve and knew it was time to get out.
After going to college, Darren started doing stand-up comedy. In 2017, he was nominated for Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He went on to be the first black British male ever to be nominated for the Best Show Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.
Darren is a team captain on Guessable, which is currently filming its 4th series, is a series regular on The Outsiders season 2 for Dave hosted by David Mitchell (out this November) and is co-host of Love Island: Aftersun. He will be returning to Don’t Hate the Playaz later this year. Other TV includes Britain’s Best Takeaway with Sara Cox, British as Folk, host of Live at the Apollo and Dog Ate My Homework, plus appearances on Backstage With Katherine Ryan, All Star Games for Comic Relief and Great British Bake Off Extra Slice among many others.
Darren also has two BBC Radio 4 series Black Label, which follows his account of being in a gang during his teenage years.