PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Potted Potter Star Daniel Clarkson

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02 Jul 2013

Daniel Clarkson
Daniel Clarkson

Daniel Clarkson, one of the stars of Potted Potter at Off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Clarkson is best known for being one-half of the double act "Dan and Jeff," creators of both Potted Potter and Potted Pirates.

He has appeared onstage in Accidental Death of and Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors, Art and Sketch Machine.

TV credits include "Big Brother's Little Brother," "Where The Heart Is," "Coronation Street" and "Emmerdale."


Full given name: Daniel Taylor Clarkson
Where you were born/where you were raised: Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London. Raised just outside London in the county of Buckinghamshire in a tiny town called Little Chalfont, with a three year stint in Hong Kong.
Zodiac Sign:Capricorn
What your parents did/do for a living:My dad was once a performer but gave it up to get a real job so he could raise a family. Hard to explain what he does now so I just tell people he's a secret agent!

My mum is the cleverest person I know. She speaks several different languages and has a brain faster than any calculator, but she took on the hardest job ever: raising me.

She did actually just get awarded an MBE (an honour) from the Queen for her work in charity. (Not for raising me, although that would have been well deserved).

Siblings:Two younger brothers, Sam and Tom, and a younger sister, Amy.
Current audition song/monologue: Launce's speech from Two Gentlemen of Verona where he talks about his little dog Crab.
Special skills:After doing a job in Lapland for four months I now actually have my skidoo (snowmobile) license! Not had to use it in Manhattan yet, but you never know.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Throwing a frisbee. I just can't do it. I can throw really well, I can catch but for some reason add a frisbee to the equation and it just becomes embarrassing!
First Broadway/West End show you ever saw: Barnum at the London Palladium with Michael Crawford. I was about 10 and found the whole experience amazing.
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Would had loved to have watched an original Shakespeare production at the Globe in London. Imagine being there for the first ever showing of Romeo and Juliet. Although if I could go back in time I'd probably get all Shakespeare's work, go back further and take full credit for them.
Current or recent shows you recommended to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher. I was lucky enough to catch this last summer. Was truly amazing, one of the greatest pieces of storytelling I've ever seen.
Some favorite modern plays: Rhinoceros, Noises Off, The Room, Black Comedy
Some favorite modern playwrights: Dario Fo, Harold Pinter, Michael Frayn, Eugene Ionesco
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Audrey Hepburn, she was just perfect wasn't she? We would have worked together, she'd have fallen madly in love with me and we would have married and become the greatest Hollywood couple. I've taken the fantasy too far haven't I...
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: First show I ever saw on Broadway was Les Miserables. It was my first time in New York and the whole experience was indescribable, the closest I think life gets to actual magic.
Music that makes you cry, any genre: One song that still to this day makes me well up is "Somewhere Out There" from "American Tail." No idea why but it gets me every time. In fact wouldn't "American Tail" make a great Broadway show? You heard it here first!
Most-visited websites: and Twitter- @Daniel_Veronica, follow me! My life goal is to get more followers than Justin Bieber.
Last book you read: "The Fall of Giants" by Ken Follet. The first book of the Century trilogy - I picked it up at the airport in Detroit and couldn't put it down.
Must-see TV show(s): At the moment I'm all about "Game of Thrones" and "Doctor Who." I am such a geek.
Last good movie you saw: "The Gangster Squad." Saw it on the plane over. Ryan Gosling... can that man do any wrong?
Some films you consider classics: The original Star Wars trilogy obviously, Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" and I still think "Life is Beautiful" is one of the most exquisite films of all time. Never a dry eye when I watch it.
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Robin Williams. To see him perform some of his stand up live would be amazing.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: I'm a huge fan of The Killers.
Three favorite cities: London, New York, Bruges
Favorite sport/team/player: Tottenham Hotspur. They're a soccer team based in North London. Not the best team but I've stood buy them since I was six.
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: I think (and I hold my head in shame), it was "Do the Bartman" by Bart Simpson on LP.
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