Who is the actor who plays Danny in EastEnders and when was he in Brookside?

Sinister villain Danny Hardcastle made quite an impression when he was last seen in Walford, so his return to EastEnders this week is sure to bring it with it more drama.

The hard man enemy of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden), Danny first appeared on EastEnders in March 2019 as Phil’s financial situation spiralled out of control.

Recently Phil has been making trips to Spain, linked to Danny, and he still owes his old associate a fair bit of cash.

Danny reappears in EastEnders again tonight much to Phil’s disdain, but who is the actor who plays him and where have we seen the star before?

Who is the actor who plays Danny in EastEnders?

Danny Hardcastle in EastEnders is played by English actor Paul Usher.

Born in Liverpool in 1961, Paul has appeared in TV shows such as Liverpool 1 and Moving On, but is most famous for playing Barry Grant on the Channel 4 soap Brookside or PC Des Taviner in ITV drama The Bill. 

Usher played Barry in Brookside for over two decades, from 1982 – 2003, and was the only actor whose character in the soap appeared in both the first ever episode in November 1982 and the final ever episode in November 2003.

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Usher’s character Barry was the eldest child of Bobby and Sheila Grant, and the older brother of Damon and Karen.

A notorious villain on the show, Usher’s years of playing a gangster who leads a life of crime in Brookside has more than prepared him for his current role as Danny in EastEnders.

EastEnders continues tonight, Tuesday 12 May, at 7.30pm on BBC One.

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