Full Name: Daniel Ezra
Birthdate: December 15, 1991
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Known for: British Actor
Who is Daniel Ezra?
Daniel Ezra is an English actor. He is best known for his character as Spencer James on All American. His character is based on Spencer Paysinger, the real-life football star. He also played Joseph in the 2014 TV film Murdered By My Boyfriend. The movie’s s star, Georgina Campbell, won a BAFTA Award as Best Leading Actress.
While he did not grow up hoping to become an actor, he has made a name for himself in the industry and is now one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. Although he was born in Birmingham, England, Daniel Ezra has a great American accent, which is even more obvious by his character Spencer James in All American.
He has also claimed he drew inspiration for the role from Nipsey Hussle.
Daniel Ezra was born in Birmingham, England. His father lives in the USA and works as a fitness coach. He has Jamaican ancestry as his paternal and maternal grandparents were from Jamaica. He was a huge fan of Harry Potter, Phillip Pullman books, as well as The Lord of the Rings while growing up. He also grew up playing basketball but put a hold on sports after he started his acting career.
Daniel Ezra didn’t intend to go into acting until he was 18 years old. Ezra has some theater experience, having played Sebastian in a 2017 National Theatre production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. He began appearing in BBC dramas such as Undercover as Dan Johnson and The Missing as Daniel Reed after he made his debut in the 2014 television film Murdered by My Boyfriend. In 2018, Daniel Ezra landed a recurring role in the British fantasy drama, A Discovery of Witches.
Daniel Ezra was cast in a major role in March 2018, appearing in the American sports drama series All American. The series marked his acting debut in the United States, so it required him to use an American accent. After he got the role of Spencer James, Daniel Ezra spent a lot of time in South Central Los Angeles carrying a football with him to practice his accent and also learn more about the local culture.
Ezra’s favorite rapper is Nipsey Hussle, who coincidentally was from Crenshaw, where the show is set. The actor studied every of Nipsey’s songs and interviews while practicing his American accent. While learning, Ezra didn’t have an accent coach.
He also had help from Spencer Paysinger, the football star on whom Ezra’s character is based. The footballer drove Ezra and costar Taye Diggs around the local neighborhood to ensure they understood the culture and accent, among other things that would help them. Daniel Ezra also watched the NFL network regularly, learning about the game’s rules.
Ezra revealed he first knew the show was successful after walking in Times Square and many fans recognized him. The British actor, in an interview with E! News, said:
“I tried to walk down Times Square to go to Target,” he said at the time. “I forgot my headphones, and that was crazy. I was like, whoa. That was my first realization.”
Between 2013 t0 2014, Daniel Ezra appeared in a second season episode of the short-lived series “The Village.” In 2017, he joined the cast of the period miniseries “Prime Suspect 1973,” a prequel/spin-off of the long-running, Helen Mirren-led show “Prime Suspect” from 1991 to 2006.
Daniel Ezra attended a theatre school in South London. He relocated there from his home city, spending three years in London till he completed his studies.
Daniel Ezra’s Family
Ezra’s father is a fitness coach that lives in the USA presently. As of now, Ezra keeps a low profile, and the identity of his mother is unclear, as well as whether he has siblings. He has Jamaican origin from his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Daniel Ezra grew up as a fan of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. He also loved Phillip Pullman’s books. His favorite rapper is Nipsey Hussle. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is active on social media. Daniel Ezra’s Instagram handle is @danielezra.