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|Alma mater||National Institute of Dramatic Art (1992)|
Born in Sydney, New South Wales to an Italian father and an Australian mother, Lapaine graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1992. He first came to prominence in 1994 when he played the South African swimmer David Van Arckle in P. J. Hogan's Muriel's Wedding. Since then he has worked internationally in film, theatre, and television and is now based in London.
In theatre, he most recently he played Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe, opposite Jonathan Pryce. Other theatre credits include the parts of Trip in Other Desert Cities and Eilert Lovborg in Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Old Vic, opposite Sheridan Smith. He played Leontes in The Winter's Tale at the Sheffield Crucible; Kurt in The Dance of Death at the Donmar at the Trafalgar Studios and George in All My Sons in the West End, opposite David Suchet. At the Royal Court, he appeared in Scenes from the Back of Beyond and "F***ing Games", directed by Dominic Cooke. In Australia, Lapaine appeared at The Sydney Theatre Company in King Lear and Les Parents Terribles, "Island" at Belvoir Street and for the Bell Shakespeare Company he played Romeo in Romeo and Juliet as well as appearing in Hamlet and Richard III.
Lapaine has made two appearances in the UK TV Show Black Mirror, six years apart. First in 2011 as the morally dubious Max in "The Entire History of You", and later as the masochistic Dr. Dawson in 2017's "Black Museum".
Lapaine's recent film work includes Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty, Last Chance Harvey opposite Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, and "Shanghai", opposite John Cusack. He played the lead role in Pathe's The Abduction Club and Miramax's Elephant Juice, as well as memorable appearances in Brokedown Palace opposite Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale. He has also appeared in many other films including 54, Dangerous Beauty, Polish Wedding and "Gozo".
Lapaine has worked extensively in television. He appeared in all four series of Catastrophe for Channel 4 and Amazon Prime, in which he plays the part of Dave. Entertainment Weekly named Catastrophe "the best new comedy of the year". He recently portrayed King Charles II in the upcoming Canal + series Versailles. Daniel also starred in the 2000 television miniseries The 10th Kingdom as Prince Wendell White, ruler of the 4th Kingdom, and played Tim Allerton in the 2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot episode Death on the Nile opposite David Suchet. In 2009, he portrayed Neil Armstrong in the television film Moon Shot. He also played Hector in "Helen of Troy" opposite Rufus Sewell. Other television credits include "Critical"; "Vexed"; "Lewis"; "Vera"; "Black Mirror"; "Identity"; "Hotel Babylon"; "Sex, the City and Me"; "Jane Hall"; "The Good Housekeeping Guide"; "Golden Hour"; "Jericho"; "I Saw You"; In Australia he appeared in "A Country Practice" and "GP", opposite Cate Blanchett.
In 1998, Lapaine met English actress Fay Ripley at a party hosted by mutual friends. After meeting again on a trip in New York, they began dating. They married in October 2001 in a ceremony in Tuscany, Italy. In October 2002, the couple had their first child, a daughter named Parker. Their second child, a son, named Sonny, was born in October 2006.
|1994||Muriel's Wedding||David Van Arckle||Feature film|
|1998||Polish Wedding||Ziggy||Feature film|
|Dangerous Beauty||Serafino Franco||Biographic film|
|1999||Brokedown Palace||Nick Parks||Feature film|
|Double Jeopardy||Handsome Internet Expert||Feature film|
|2000||The 10th Kingdom||Prince Wendell White||TV miniseries|
|2002||The Abduction Club||Garrett Byrne||Feature film|
|2003||Helen of Troy||Prince Hector||TV miniseries|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Tim Allerton||1 episode (Death on the Nile)|
|2006||The Good Housekeeping Guide||Joe||TV film|
|Jane Hall||Richard||TV series|
|2007||Sex, the City and Me||Patrick Turner||TV film|
|2008||Hotel Babylon||Ned Wright||4 episodes (Series 3, Episodes 4, 5, 6, 8)|
|Last Chance Harvey||Scott Wright||Feature Film|
|2009||Moonshot||Neil Armstrong||TV film|
|Waking the Dead||Samuel Knight||2 episodes (Magdalene 26: Part 1 and Magdalene 26: Part 2)|
|2011||Black Mirror||Max||Episode: "The Entire History of You"|
|2012||Vera||Michael Morgan||TV Series: 1 episode (Silent Voices, Series 2 Episode 2)|
|Lewis||Kit Renton||TV Series: 1 episode (Generation of Vipers, Series 6 Episode 2)|
|Zero Dark Thirty||Tim - Station Chief||Film|
|Vexed||Bob||TV Series: 1 episode (Series 2 Episode 3)|
|2013||Jack the Giant Slayer||Jack's Dad (uncredited)||Film|
|Dead in Tombstone||Sheriff Bob Massey||Video|
|2014||Death in Paradise||Paul Bevans||TV Series: 1 episode (Ye of Little Faith, Series 3 Episode 4)|
|Inspector George Gently||Stefan Lesley||TV Series: 1 episode (Gently with Honour, Series 6 Episode 3)|
|2015||Catastrophe||Dave||TV Series : 9 episodes|
|Versailles||Charles II of England||TV Series: 1 episode (Series 1 Episode 9)|
|2017||Black Mirror||Dawson||Episode: "Black Museum"|
|The Durrells||Hugh Jarvis||TV Series: 6 episode (Series 2)|
|2020||Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears||Lord Lofthouse||Film|
- Staff (12 July 2002). "Seconds out – on a date". The Evening Gazette (Gazette Media Company).
- Grice, Elizabeth (6 October 2006). "'People cross the road to tell me how ridiculous I look'". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group): p. 23.
- Radio Times – Vexed – Series 2 – Episode 3
- Radio Times – Inspector George Gently – Series 6 – Episode 3 – Gently with Honour