Inside Darius Danesh’s Life After Pop Idol Fame

DARIUS Danesh became a household name after rising to fame following his success on Pop Idol in 2001.

This year marks the competition show’s 20th anniversary, and to celebrate, ITV is bringing back a unique reunion special.


He came third in Pop Idol in 2002Credit: PA: Press Association
Where is Pop Idol's Darius Danesh now?


Where is Pop Idol’s Darius Danesh now?Credit: Getty – Contributor

So we take a look back at some of the popular Scottish stars who have come out of the show.

Who is Darius Danesh?

Darius Danesh is a Scottish singer-songwriter, actor and producer born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 19, 1980.

Aged 41, he grew up in the Bearsden area of ​​Glasgow with two younger brothers.

He attended Glasgow Academy and studied English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh before his pop career called.

Darius first caught the eye in 2001 when he appeared in the ITV Popstars talent show – which eventually produced winning band Hear’Say and far more successful band Liberty X.

Despite winning over fans with a goofy take on Britney Spears’ classic…Baby One More Time, Darius didn’t make it through the opening rounds of the competition.

However, he returned to television a year later in Pop Idol – taking third place behind winner Will Young and runner-up Gareth Gates.

He then went to the theater and starred in Gone with the Wind


He then went to the theater and starred in Gone with the WindCredit: document

What happened after Pop Idol?

Darius turned down a music deal with Simon Cowell and went on to score five of his UK top 10 singles, including his number one hit Colourblind.

He also had a platinum debut album titled Dive In.

At 22, he left Scotland for the United States where he fell in love with Canadian actress Natasha Henstridge.

The couple got married and he became stepfather to her two young sons at the time.

He previously told the Herald it was a “turbulent” relationship, and Darius was devastated when they filed for divorce in 2013.

But it was a difficult time for the young star – as her Scottish mother, Avril Campbell Danesh, who was a GP, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

It was particularly painful because her Iranian-born father, gastroenterologist Dr Booth Danesh, was also living with cancer – stage 4 lymphoma.

But, fortunately, both of her parents continued to overcome their illnesses.

And in 2017, Darius had his own health scare when he accidentally drank dirty Thames water, sending him into a near-fatal coma.

The star was demonstrating water filter bottle caps for the Fresh2o charity when he fell ill.

He fought for his life after contracting meningitis and brain swelling as the gadget turned out to be just a prototype.

He now divides his time between Scotland and Hollywood where he works as a film producer


He now divides his time between Scotland and Hollywood where he works as a film producerCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

So where is Darius now?

In 2010, Darius changed his surname from Danesh to Campbell in honor of his grandfather, but nine years later reverted to Danesh to honor his father on Father’s Day.

He is also an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps disadvantaged young people.

His work with the Trust dates back to his Pop Idol days – when a gig in 2002 raised £300,000 for the charity.

He attended a charity evening for The Prince’s Trust Scotland where items and events were auctioned off (including a dinner with Tilda Swinton) which raised £1.6million in 2015.

He then launched an incredibly successful career in the West End and starred in shows such as Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Gone With The Wind, From Here to Eternity – and starred alongside Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl in 2016.

Darius branched out into Hollywood film production and worked on Daniel Radcliffe’s The Imperium of Horror in 2016 and then Tomorrow in 2018.

He also produced a documentary in 2018 called Fountain of Youth and then worked as an executive producer on the film House Red in 2019.

The Scottish star now divides his time between Scotland and Hollywood.

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