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Australian Actor And TV Host Daniel MacPherson Biography: Age, Height, Wife, Son, & Net Worth

Daniel MacPherson is a well-known Australian actor and television host who has been active in the industry since 1998. He is best known for appearances in television series such as Foundation, Neighbours, APB, Strike Back, and films like Wrinkle in Time, The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One, etc.

Additionally, MacPherson is renowed as the co-host of Dancing with the Stars for six years, The Project and the Sydney New Year’s Eve. Besides, he also hosted several popular TV shows, such as The X Factor Australia, Good Morning Australia, and the 6th AACTA International Awards.

As for his personal life, the actor was married to a popular actress Zoe Ventoura. The former couple has a son together. The pair announced their separation in 2020; what was its reason? Is Daniel MacPherson dating someone? Here, get all the details of his professional and personal life, including his age, height, sister, net worth, etc.

Early Life-Age, Height, Parents, Sister

Daniel MacPherson was born Daniel Donald MacPherson on April 25, 1980, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, to mother Anne MacPherson and father, Alexander Macpherson (1679-1761). He grew up in Sydney’s beachside suburb of Cronulla.

As of April 2022, the TV star is 42-years-old and stands at a height of 5′ 9½” (177 cm).

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Daniel with his mother Anne

The actor has a sister named Brodie MacPherson and a brother, Andrew MacPherson.

At ten years of age, Mensa accepted him and then attended the prestigious Sydney Boys High School.

Before acting, he was a triathlete. Infact, he met his first agent while attending a triathlon in Sydney in 1996. MacPherson has competed in three world championships: Olympic distance in 2008, the Ironman World Championships in 2009 and the Ironman 70.3 world championships in 2013.

Career Highlights-How Daniel MacPherson Begin His Acting Career?

Growing up, Daniel MacPherson was never into acting; he was more into being an athelete. He was a triathlete and used to tour, run, and swim on different tracks, roads and water all across the country from age eleven to sixteen. 

Sadly, after five years of literally running around across the nation, his body started acting out. In an interview, the actor mentioned: “Every time I’d move, I’d get sick. I couldn’t get away from the sport so I actually went and worked as an official on triathlons”. 

As they say, “what’s meant to be will always find its way” Daniel also found his future while working as an official on triathlons. “As it turns out, the guy I was stationed with on the bike course was an acting manager….”

He encouraged MacPherson to try acting, and the two exchanged numbers. Later, he was called for an audition for Australia’s longest-running soap opera, Neighbours, and the rest is history.

Acting Career: Popular Roles In Neighbours & Foundation

Daniel MacPherson has been active in the acting industry since 1998. Some of his popular roles are:-

  • Neighbours- Daniel began his acting career with his appearance in Seven Network’s Neighbours from 1998 to 2002. He portrayed the character named Joel Samuels, the role specially written for him. The actor won a Logie Award for Most Popular New Talent and was also nominated for Most Popular Actor.
  • The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One- Similarly, Neighbours alum got a role in a 2016 Australian science fiction film, The Osiris Child, directed by Shane Abbess. He starred as Lieutenant Kane Sommerville along with the stars Kellan Lutz and Rachel Griffiths.
  • APB-Likewise, Daniel starred in an American TV series, APB. He played the role of Scott Murphy, head of the mayor’s task force and ex-husband of Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez).
  • Strike Back- Furthermore, the television presenter MacPherson also appeared in a British/American action-adventure/spy-drama television series, Strike Back. The series is based on the 2007 novel of the same name. He played Sergeant Samuel Wyatt alongside Richard Armitage, Andrew Lincoln, and Philip Winchester.
  • A Wrinkle In Time- In a similar manner, the Strike Back alum was seen in the 2018 American science fantasy adventure film, A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. He portrayed the role of Mr. O’Keefe, Calvin’s (Levi Miller) abusive and unloving father.
  • Foundation- Moreover, Daniel MacPherson gained massive popularity from his appearance in an American science fiction series, Foundation, created by David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. He was cast in the role of Hugo Crast, an interplanetary trader from Thespis who became Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey)’s lover.
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Daniel in TV series, Foundation

Additionally, MacPherson appeared in The Cup, Infini, The Bill, Blackjack, Wild Boys, Tripping Over and so on.

Television Presenter: Dancing with the Stars & Good Morning Australia

Along with acting, Daniel MacPherson is also a popular television host. He first hosted the Australian version of The X Factor in 2005. The following year, the 42-year-old became the host of a three-part series called Killer Sharks on Australia’s Network Ten. He received positive responses from fans and critics for both shows.

MacPherson returned to hosting in 2008 with Dancing with the Stars; it comes among his most famous works. He hosted the show five times until resigning in 2014 to focus more on his film career.

Similarly, he has hosted shows like The Morning Show, Beat the Star, Sydney New Year’s Eve 2006-07 and The Project.

Theatre Artist & Other Projects

Daniel MacPherson also has a deep love for theatre. He first appeared in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk in 1999 at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax and two pantomimes at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.

Similarly, the Foundation actor moved to London to star in the musical Godspell’ in which he alternated the roles of Judas nightly and Jesus. Also his other theatre works include Cinderella and Aladdin at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, UK, The Mysteries at Canterbury Cathedral, UK, and Love Letters at NIDA/Parade Theatre, Sydney.

Additionally, MacPherson competes in World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and Ironman 70.3. Also, he participated in China Ironman in Haikou in April 2009. He has twice qualified for the Ironman 70.3 world championships in 2013 and 2014.

Personal Life- Marriage And Divorce With Actress Wife Zoe Ventoura-Who Is Daniel MacPherson’s New Partner?

Daniel started dating his Wild Boys co-star Zoe Ventoura in 2011 after meeting on the set. Ventoura is an Australian actress best known for movies like, Packed to the Rafters and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. After two years, they got engaged in December 2014 and married on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, in November 2015.

The two have a son named Austin Xavier, born in December 2019.

Sadly, after five years of marriage, Daniel and Zoe announced their separation on social media in December 2020. They post similar photos of themselves watching a sunset with the same caption on Instagram, revealing to the world that they were now walking separated paths.

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Daniel and his ex-wife Zoe Ventoura

The caption read-

With the greatest respect for each other, Dan and I have separated.

Together, we will continue wholeheartedly to raise our beautiful boy Austin. He is, and will forever be, our greatest priority. We ask for your respect and will be making no further comment.

As for her new relationship status, he is probably single but has confirmed he’s ready to date and fall in love again.

In an interview, the former Dancing with the Stars host stated: ‘I’m dipping my toe in and taking it very slowly. As of now, ‘I’m just loving fatherhood.

Daniel also revealed that he and his former wife Zoe share a great bond. “Zoe and I are co-parenting and we’re really good, she’s a fantastic mother.”

Daniel MacPherson: Body Transformation

Daniel MacPherson is undoubtedly one of the attractive Hollywood men. His great physique and not forgetting his magical blue eyes are his trademarks. However, the journey to reach there for the actor was not easy.

A self-described “overweight kid,” MacPherson was bullied in a high school, and he began doing triathlons. He felt his weight loss would put everything in place.

Later on, he left Australia and moved to Los Angeles to make it big in Hollywood. However, he felt that his physique was not letting him get proper roles. In an interview, MacPherson said:

“I had been competing in triathlons for over 20 years. But I had moved my entire life to LA, and started to wonder if I should just pack up and go home: ‘Maybe it was a stupid decision to come.’ I was getting so close to breaking through on these projects, so I made a conscious decision around three years ago to put on 20lbs of muscle.”

He added:

“I went from trying to be a lean, efficient triathlete for two decades—no one was ever going to cast me in Man of Steel at that time—so I felt I had to make that shift. As an Australian male in Hollywood, I needed to have that physicality in my toolbox.”

Daniel further mentioned pouring all his energy into transforming his body to fit the auditions.

“I shocked my body into growing it as quickly as it could, and burning more body fat than ever before. I went from training my body to make one calorie to last for as long as it can for a triathlon, to trying to gain size and muscle.”

Back in 2017, the Neighbours actor Daniel also helped his sister Brodie MacPherson lose weight. As per Daniel, he helped his sister shed 66 kilos because he didn’t want her to miss out on her life.

Brodie, who had always struggled with her weight, gave all the credit for her transformation to her older brother. She said:

‘A shout out to Dan MacPherson, who got my a** out the door this morning. I couldn’t ask for a better brother.”

How Much Is The Net Worth Of Daniel MacPherson?

The Neighbours star Daniel is worth $5 million as of May 2021. His estimated yearly salary is $500k, which he mostly earns from his acting career.

In addition, the actor is active on social media. He earns between $313.5-522.5 per sponsored post from Instagram with 104k followers and a 3.03% engagement rate. MacPherson also earns from endorsement, sponsorships, ad campaigns, and photoshoots.

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