Date of Birth: 8th July, 1986
Star Sign: Cancer
Main occupation: Programme manager
Media-related occupation: Actor
Daniel Azzopardi works as a programme manager with Fondazzjoni Kreattività and is responsible for coordinating the Spazju Kreattiv programme, as well as managing national events like the ŻiguŻajg International Arts Festival for Children and Young People.
He is a Theatre Studies graduate from the University of Malta and has a Masters in International Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Warwick.
Daniel is also actively involved in the theatre scene with roles in productions such as Roald Dahl’s The Twits, Harold Pinter’s The Room, Molière’s Don Juan, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Theatre Anon’s Ospizio, Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid. He was also part of the popular TV series Deċeduti and Il-Klikka. He’s also just been cast in the period drama Strada Stretta.
Tell us about your journey in becoming an actor.
I was always passionate about acting and I remember from a very young age roping in my siblings to re-enact famous movie scenes. Seeing my enthusiasm, my parents enrolled me into drama school where I was very fortunate to learn from seasoned professionals. I then followed courses with LAMDA and RADA. When I was older, I pursued a number of international opportunities and was fortunate enough to land a couple of enticing roles as well!
Can you describe your state of mind when acting?
It’s the result of a meticulous creative process wherein I research and study the character’s traits, in the process building a multi-layered profile. Ultimately, it’s about making the links, feeding in the character’s story and getting to know him like an existing being. It’s truly of great satisfaction to see that work coming to fruition in the final performance.
Any behind-the-scenes anecdotes you can share?
One such anecdote was during the filming of Il-Klikka. In-between takes, my co-actor was quipping about how one of the extras who was sitting opposite us was so good looking. When I looked at whom he was referring to, I realised that it was my girlfriend who had just returned from a filming session and was still dressed in character – with wig and all! You can imagine how dumbfounded he was when I told him the truth! Afterwards we had a really good laugh and whenever we meet we still have a good banter about it.
Who have been your great motivators?
I was very lucky to have been mentored by a number of outstanding individuals to whom I will be eternally grateful. However my parents were always my greatest motivators. My girlfriend is also an important part in this since she’s always there to give a helping hand and offer valuable advice.
What are your essentials in life?
Surely, a sound family life surrounded by people who truly care for you. I’m also all for having clear objectives in life because these will ultimately shape who you are.
What percentage of your life do you spend shopping?
It’s not at the top of my to-do list, but I make my fair share of shopping. However I only tend to get carried away when I’m buying books. I’m an avid reader!