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Daniel Osbourne is a fictional character and major protagonist of the British soap opera Coronation Street.

He is most famously portrayed by Rob Mallard.



Daniel Osbourne was born in 1995 as result of a fling between Ken Barlow and Denise Osbourne. At one point, Denise left with her brother-in-law Brian Dunkley and pawned Daniel off on Ken to take care of. When she came back, Ken was forced to hand him over, as he has no legal rights to Daniel as his name was not on the birth certificate. Ken lost contact with Daniel and only came to see him on rare occasions. Some point after this, Denise left which Daniel struggled to hide from his friends and neighbors.

Darker Side Emerges

Daniel arrived in 2016 to visit Ken when he suffered a heart attack and help him with his recovery. Though Ken was proud of the man, his son had become his nephew Adam and sister Tracy took an instant disliking to him. His brother Peter was the only one out of the family except for Ken to treat Daniel kindly.

Daniel had an affair with Sinead Tinker even though she was dating Chesney Brown. After finding out from Adam, Chesney confronted Daniel. Daniel tried explaining that he didn't set out to hurt anyone, but when Chesney kept on having a go at him, Daniel pinned him up against a wall and told him he'd always come second best.

After learning that, Sinead was pregnant, Daniel chose to sacrifice his studies so he could raise the baby. Ken interfered, and told Sinead that the baby would ruin Daniel's life, which caused her to have an abortion. Daniel dumped Sinead and assaulted Ken after learning that he was involved in his baby being terminated. Daniel felt guilty and supported Ken with nobody suspecting him aside from Adam.

Despite his guilt, Daniel kept quiet even though his family and Pat Phelan fell under suspicion. Phelan was later taken in for questioning by the police, but his stepson Todd Grimshaw was able to prove his innocence. When Ken deduced the truth, Daniel was prepared to murder him to keep him quiet - but suffered a breakdown when Denise showed up again. Ken realized how much he had put Daniel through and lied to the police to protect him. However, the rest of the family refused to forgive him. Adam and Peter came round soon enough, but Tracy continued to remain apprehensive towards her brother.

Daniel came into a conflict with Phelan when he tried to expose the Calcutta Street development as a scam and was eventually forced to drop it because of Phelan's intimidation. He later launched a campaign that saw Phelan's victim Anna Windass released from prison.

Chesney began a hate campaign against Daniel, proposing to Sinead in front of him to upset him and convincing the neighbors Daniel poisoned his food, all the time being helped by Tracy. Chesney even went as far to hit himself with a brick to manipulate Sinead into thinking Daniel had attacked him. Everyone except Ken turned on Daniel, and following this, Daniel manipulated Chesney into making a mug of himself at Sinead's hen party. Daniel had the chance to ruin Chesney and Sinead's wedding but dediced against it, knowing it would be wrong.

Eventually, Daniel resumed his relationship with Sinead and supported her through he cancer. However, his feelings that Sinead was pushing him away, caused him to cheat on her with Bethany Platt. Daniel made up it, Sinead but dated Bethany after her death, disgusting the neighbors. The relationship ended when Daniel and Bethany both realized he was using her to get over Sinead.

Daniel got involved with an escort named Nicky and stole finances that belonged to local resident Geoff Metcalfe to help her escape the lifestyle. Since then, Daniel has been supporting Peter with his liver problems.



  • Rob Mallard (the actor who currently plays Daniel Osbourne since 2016) has been nominated and won several awards for his performance as the character.