Daniel was born and raised in London, England to a family completely immersed in show business. His mother Tessa Shaw was an actress, most notably of the Dr. Who series fame and his father George, was a London's West End scenic designer. With show biz in his blood, Daniel's first big opportunity came as a young boy in front of Franco Zeffereli for the title role in the 1977 classic Jesus of Nazareth. He not selected over the technicality of eye color.
Daniel is an accomplished and avid equestrian, riding regularly on his own horses, which he rears and trains on a farm that he lives on just outside of Toronto, Ontario.