Dan graduated from Bretton Hall in 2000 with a spring in his step and a smile on his face. He is best known for being one half of the double act Dan and Jeff, creators of both Potted Potter and Potted Pirates. Last year with Jeff, Dan had a fantastic time presenting on CBBC, appearing on Blue Peter and TMI as well as getting his first ever piece of fan mail! Other TV credits include Big Brother’s Little Brother, Where The Heart Is, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. Film includes The Usual Children,The Guilty Hunter and Finding Beckham. Theatre includes Accidental Death of and Anarchist, Little Shop of Horrors, Art and Sketch Machine.
Jeff graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2002, and after three years of various TIE, fringe and panto appearances met and started working with Dan in 2005. In the last five years, he has been an Ugly Sister, co-written and starred in Potted Potter and Potted Pirates appeared on Newsnight, Richard & Judy and Big Brother’s Little Brother. With Dan he has carved a successful children’s TV career, starting with regular appearances on Blue Peter in 2005, and has since appeared on The Slammer and TMI, as well as being a permanent resident of the CBBC office for over a year, starting in 2008.
A Potted History of Potted Potter
2005: Dan and Jeff are asked to create a five-minute street show recapping the plot of the first five Potter books, for performance to queues of fans waiting for the midnight release of the sixth book.
2006: Potted Potter is born as the street show expands into an hour-long performance in which the first six books are parodied. The show premieres on August 4 at Edinburgh’s Zoo Southside venue. Forging a partnership with producer James Seabright and director Dominic Knutton, Dan and Jeff premiere a new version of the show at Pleasance Islington in October.
2007: Under the guidance of director Richard Hurst, the show tours the U.K. including Pleasance Edinburgh, where the seventh book is incorporated just a few days after its release. The tour finishes with a Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios in London.
2008: More U.K. touring, again playing Edinburgh Fringe and London. Dan and Jeff also launch their second show, Potted Pirates.
2009: Owing to their commitments as Children’s BBC presenters, Dan and Jeff hand over the show to a new cast, David Ahmad and John Helier, who take it on tour to Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Comedy Festival, and New Zealand Comedy Festival. Dan and Jeff wrestle the show back from them for a third and final Christmas run at Trafalgar Studios.
2010: The show takes a well-earned rest while Dan and Jeff create their new show, Potted Panto, premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe and transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre for Christmas, where it is nominated as Best Entertainment in the 2011 Olivier Awards.
2011: Potted Potter returns for another tour, starting at Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal and including runs at Pleasance Grand and London’s Garrick Theatre.
2012: Potted Potter is nominated for the Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award in the U.K. To start its world tour, Potted Potter makes its North American premiere in Toronto at David Mirvish’s Panasonic Theatre, presented by Starvox Entertainment and Potted Productions. Following Toronto, Potted Potter opens off-Broadway at New York City’s Little Shubert Theater and in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse, before moving to the Harris Theatre. As well as its North America dates, the show tours across Australasia and South Africa with cast members Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor.