Dario Coates

Dario trained at Italia Conti, graduating in 2013. He represented Italia Conti at the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2013 & Carleton Hobbs Radio Awards 2013.

His theatre credits include one man show Sid (Camden Fringe), Another Country (Trafalgar Studios & Chichester Festival), Single Spies (Rose Theatre), Posh (Nottingham/Salisbury), Penthouse (Edinburgh Fringe 2017),  Electra  (Bunker Theatre),The Rubenstein Kiss (Southwark Playhouse), Country Music (Omnibus Theatre Clapham).

Television includes The Coroner, Doctors, Drifters and Coronation Street, ITV’s Endeavour and Damned for Channel 4. He won the award for Best Actor at the San Fransisco Film Festival for his role in short film Trailing Dirt.

He was nominated for Best Male at The Off West End Awards 2016 for his 5-star performance in the West End transfer of Sid.

Most recently, he played the leading role of Valentine Brown in Northern Broadsides’ acclaimed staged revival of J.M. Barrie’s Quality Street and filmed the third series of The Girlfriend Experience for Transactional Pictures / STARZ.

He is currently filming the BBC’s Rules Of The Game with Maxine Peake in Manchester.

Rules Of The Game

Dario is currently filming Rules Of The Game, a new BBC thriller which will explore sexual politics in the workplace.

Reviews for Dario in QUALITY STREET

  • Dario Coates’ smoothly poised diffidence as Valentine are in key with the production. WHATSONSTAGE.COM
  • Baglow and Coates imbue their characters with a warmth and vitality that makes you root for them as lovers. THE TIMES
  • Dario Coates’s Valentine Brown is every bit the self-assured, patronising gentleman but with a vulnerability at times that makes him believable. BRITISHTHEATREGUIDE
  • Dario Coates as the dashing young Valentine Brown, later more serious on his return from war is also very believable in the role. WHATSGOODTODO
  • Dario Coates is all the Hughs, both Laurie and Grant, as sometime suitor Captain Valentine. NORTHERNSOUL
  • Coates is deliciously delightful. NORTHWESTEND.
  • Valentine Brown (played by Dario Coates) – daring and dashing SALFORDNOW
  • Dario Coates brought just the right amount of oblivious likeability to Valentine. NUMBER9REVIEWS


Reviews for The Rubinstein Kiss

  • It’s impeccable acted as well, Dario Coates impresses as their son, Matthew, fiery and feverish as he tries to clear their name. THE STAGE
  • Coates’ Matthew, meanwhile, has a voice that booms out across the Southwark Playhouse auditorium with a fiery conviction. londontheatre1.com
  • Coates and Eldred as the younger couple, are excellent: their scenes are moving and urgent, thrumming with energy even when both actors are standing still. Coates has the harder job, with his character often veering into an angry young man stereotype, but he still delivers a thoughtful performance, even while addressing a jug of orange juice. THEARTSDESK.COM
  • Dario Coates and Katie Eldred as the young lovers brilliantly depict their struggle to find their own identity, frantically looking for a truth that can help explain the past. THESPYINTHESRTALLS.COM
  • Dario Coates (Matthew) and Katie Eldred (Anna), own an energetic spunk as they question the couple’s legacy and the, in their opinion, unjust outcome of the court case. BROADWAYWORLD.COM
  • Dario Coates is forceful as Matthew. BRITISHTHEATREGUIDE
  • Dario Coates as her son Matthew captures the emotionally damaged soul you would expect to result from such traumatic childhood experiences — a reminder of how persecution persists through generations. londonist.com
  • Dario Coates, excels as their son, Matthew, who burns with rage throughout at the injustice meted out to the couple. mytheatremates.com

Electra Reviews

Reviews for Electra at the Bunker Theatre are starting to come in!

  • “John Ward has found a stylish way to make ancient Greek drama seem exciting and, in the thick of the script, there are some beautiful lines” The Stage
  • “Dario Coates gives an excellent performance as Orestes, the lost son torn between his own moral judgment and his faith in the gods whose wishes have to be fulfilled even if they involve matricide.” British Theatre Guide
  • “As the sincere & god-fearing Orestes, Dario Coates gives a compelling performance his rallying cry to the audience as he accepts his task of vengeance makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. His dilemma over what should happen to Clytemnestra is affecting, as Coates shows him grappling with natural affection, a god’s decree & Electra’s murderous temptation.” Please Mind the Blog
  • “Matching Martin is Dario Coates’ complex and engaging Orestes, who is considerably more than a two-dimensional hero who rides in to save the day. Despite a devotion to the will of the Gods, Coates offers doubt, fear and disgust at the idea of murder however just the reason, and despite the sense of predestination that hangs over the character, Coates makes Orestes seem ordinary and likeable.” The Reviews Hub
  • “Dario Coates’ Orestes impresses in his burning vengeance” There Ought To Be Clowns
  • “Dario Coates gives a powerful performance as Orestes” Reviews Gate
  • “John Ward’s production is generally taught and thrilling, with the main success is keeping the text fresh and interesting, helped by a veritable cornucopia of talent.” Theatre Bubble
  • “It’s an accomplished and dynamic production, that milks its source for contemporary relevance. It’s incredibly effective and moving.” The Spy in the Stalls
  • “Dario Coates brings a similar complex believability to Orestes. In his performance, Electra’s baby brother is a reluctant leader of the revolution, one moment a powerful prince ready to seize the throne, the next a fifteen-year-old scare shitless by what the Gods would have him do.” Exeunt Magazine

Dario Coates in 'Damned'

Dario Coates has completed filming a guest lead in the new series of Channel 4’s Damned.

Dario Coates nominated for Best Male at the Offies 2016

Dario Coates is nominated for ‘Best Male’ at the Off West End Awards, for his 5 star performance in Sid.

5 star reviews for Dario Coates in 'Sid'

Dario Coates’ one-man show Sid enjoys continued success, receiving 5 star reviews for it’s West End transfer.

The press on Dario and Sid:

  • “Coates performs with every inch of his body, head to toe and gives the audience as much as he possibly can, in this selfless and generous performance. Coates has an unrelenting inner and outer energy in his performance, so even when he is stationary, he still exudes energy and a raw rage…perfectly performed” 5 Stars, Haydn James, Carns Theatre Passion
  • “Dario Coates plays Craig…with high energy, bouncing around the stage, confronting the audience aggressively one on one and shouting at the top of his voice.” Roy Tan, Reviews Hub
  • “With an extraordinary, exhausting and totally riveting performance from Dario Coates, Sid is simply unmissable” 5 stars, Act Drop
  • “Dario Coates…gives a captivating performance. For 50 minutes he bares all in a soliloquy where you are invited into the alienating world of a punk-obsessed, northern teen…A truly emotive performance, every single member of the audience relates to the young loner in some way. Dario darts around the stage manically conveying Craig’s unrest and a whole cast of other characters, unabashedly connecting with varying members of the audience…A play that must be seen” Lucy Mansfied, Camden Review
  • “Dario Coates commands the stage, retaining the attention of the audience in a monopolising choke-hold from beginning to end. Coates’ acting is on par with some of the finest in London theatre you’ll find at the moment; he displays a dizzying array of technical skill and makes fronting a one-act play feel as natural as switching on a light. The pressure of holding a stage single-handedly for 50 minutes might intimidate even the most experienced of actors, but Coates flourishes…A thrilling script executed with absolute gusto behind every vocal and movement; this show needs to become a permanent fixture in the West End.” 5 Stars, West End Wilma
  • “Performed with an impressive burst of nervous energy…Coates’ performance shines. He stalks and jumps across the stage, roars offstage at his mum, jabs a finger at the knee of someone in the front row and twitches at imagined provocations from the audience. Before the performance is over almost every piece of furniture will have been overturned or thrown across the room.” 4 stars, David Ralf, The Stage
  • “Coates is an excellent interpreter of Leon Fleming’s vibrant and highly visual piece. He drives all his energy into the words and it is clear to me how deeply he believes in the character. In fifty minutes, I witness a carefully chosen range of strong emotions that take shape through Coates’ speech and body language.” 4 stars, Marianna Meloni, Everything Theatre
  • “Coates makes his character Craig genuinely sympathetic and at times, surprisingly endearing…Coates’ ability to create characters in his life story who are physically not there is astonishing we see and hear every one of them in rich and glorious detail…Although Craig reveals his extreme anger both physically and vocally, at no point is Coates anything other than supremely focused, and disciplined. SID is worth seeing for Coates’ 50 minute monologue masterclass in acting alone…a masterpiece” 5 stars, Catherine Francois, London Theatre1

Dario Coates in 'Endeavour'

Dario Coates is cast in Endeavour for ITV, due to commence filming in July 2016.


Dario Coates is "Outstanding" in 'Sid'

Dario Coates is currently touring his one-man-show Sid.

Sid first ran in 2015 as part of the Camden Fringe Festival, played at Sherman Cymru in Cardiff in April 2016, followed by a week of performances at the Etcetera in Camden in May 2016, and has future dates planned in Jersey, Birmingham and Brighton in June 2016.

The press on Dario Coates and Sid:

  • “It’s an outstanding performance from Dario Coates…It’s not often I’m kept on the edge of my seat for very nearly the entire performance.” – 5 STARS – Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1
  • “Coates’ performance was positively dripping with a restless and nervous energy” – Stuart Forward, EQ View
  • “A fascinating character study shot through with excitement, tension and pathos…beautifully performed by Dario Coates” – London City Nights

'The Coroner

Dario is currently filming an episode of BBC’s The Coroner.

The episode will air later in 2016.

'SID' on tour

Dario’s one-man-show Sid, which played last year at the Camden Fringe Festival, will tour in the UK this Spring, with dates in London, Cardiff, Brighton, Birmingham and Jersey.

Sid is directed by Scott Le Crass, and written by Leon Fleming.

For more information & dates, follow Sid on twitter.