"McAleer has been a constant stand out this year, his physical presence given heft to the roles of Badger in Wind In The Willows and Prospero in The Tempest. Up close he has changed his physicality from the sheer physical heft of the previous roles he has played to something younger, lighter and more volatile. The doubling of roles pushes his range in different directions and it is a high bar he easily vaults.” – Kris Hallett, The Reviews Hub
Recently graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Danann McAleer had already forged a strong career in theatre and film before deciding to formally train.
Some highlights in film and television include his role as Theo in Watch Over Me, an action-thriller which won several awards for its fight sequences; his portrayal (in German) of a young Adolf Hitler in Channel 5’s Seven Days That Made The Fuhrer; and a popular turn as the awkward, good-natured ‘Sam’ in Rom-com Conversations with Strangers.
Theatrical work includes a much-lauded portrayal of Kent in Tom Morris’ King Lear, alongside understudying Timothy West’s King Lear at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre. This produced many positive reviews: “Danann McAleer makes his mark as the sorrowful Kent, who watches helplessly as the world collapses around his ears” (Lyn Gardener – The Guardian); and “Lear’s devoted Kent - in a powerful performance by Danann McAleer” (Fine Times Recorder); among others.
Other recent roles Prospero in Donnacadh O'Briain’s The Tempest; Badger in Ed Viney’s production of Alan Bennett’s The Wind in the Willows; and Tupolski in The Pillowman; alongside a popular one-man show of M. R. James ghost stories.
Having worked with several other notable companies such as Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory and Theatre Royal Bath, Danann’s next projects include a follow-up Icelandic tour of this year’s successful show The Human Ear.