Darren Everett Criss (born February 5, 1987) is an American television actor, singer-songwriter and Internet personality. He is signed to play the role of Blaine on the television series Glee.
Early life and education
Originally from San Francisco, California. Darren Criss is half-Filipino and half-Irish.He attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory and went on to the University of Michigan and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance, Acting.
Criss is part of the theater production group Team StarKid, formed by theater students at the University of Michigan. His most popular role with Team StarKid was as Harry Potter in the YouTube viral hit A Very Potter Musical, and A Very Potter Sequel. Both productions are musical-comedies based on the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and have collectively gained approximately 25 million views on YouTube. He is credited with writing half of the songs in A Very Potter Musical and all of the songs in A Very Potter Sequel. He is also the primary songwriter for Team StarKid’s upcoming show, StarShip, to be performed in February 2011.
On November 9, 2010, Criss is slated to join the cast of Glee as Blaine, a gay student at a rival school. Glee creator Ryan Murphy stated, “Darren has a major, major arc…He sort of becomes Kurt’s mentor and then maybe love–he had to leave his own school because of bullying and goes to an all-boys academy and finds acceptance because that school has a no-bullying, zero-tolerance policy. So Kurt really admires him and respects him. He plays someone who’s one year older than Chris’ character, so he’s the old pro.”
His work outside of Team StarKid and Glee include his stint as Josh in the television series Eastwick and a guest-starring role in Cold Case.
He also released a self-produced EP Human on iTunes in the summer of 2010.
Darren Criss Biography from IMDB
His outrageously curly hair.
Part of StarKid Productions. Played Harry Potter in “A Very Potter Musical” and had a principal role in a mini series they did while in University called “Little White Lie”.
Went to University of Michigan and graduated in 2009.
Grew up in San Francisco.
Has two older brothers.
Darren’s brother, Chuck Criss, is a member of the Freelance Whales.
Wrote every single song for Team Starkid’s A Very Potter Sequel.
Graduated the University of Michigan in 2009, a month after they premiered A Very Potter Musical.