Dan Ings

1997-2004

Dan is a professional actor, currently working on a new television series, I Hate Suzie, for Sky Atlantic.  Previously he played Commander Mike Parker in Netflix’ award-winning series The Crown.

Do you have any advice for aspiring actors trying to break into the acting world?

Just remember that your career should be there to support you in having a happy and fulfilling life.  It if makes you unhappy, what’s the point of doing it?  I always try to remember that I’m a really lucky guy, I have my health, a big family and a roof over my head. 

If all the acting dries up tomorrow, I will still be incredibly fortunate and be able to live a happy life.  It’s good to be ambitious and push yourself but I think the actors I’ve enjoyed working with the most are the ones who have other interests too and recognise the need to be a well-rounded, well-adjusted human!

What did you enjoy most about your time at Dauntsey’s?

The drama was always excellent.  I was really lucky to be taught and directed by some amazing teachers.  If I hadn’t had the opportunity to do such cool school productions and practice acting by playing so many interesting characters, I’m not sure I would have gone on to do what I do now. 

Do you have any final words of wisdom for Sixth Formers as they prepare to leave Dauntsey’s?

Be excellent to each other.