Full detailed profile on Daniel Meade Played by Eric Mabius on Ugly Betty Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: Eric Mabius
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* Named one of the top ten bachelors in New York by Esquire.
Current: Editor-in-Chief at MODE magazine
Daniel is the reluctant new editor-in-chief for MODE. His appointment wasn't without controversy. Although he graduated from Harvard with a Business Degree, his only experience with the fashion world has been dating models. It was his brother Alex who was supposed to inherit the family mantel while Daniel entertained himself in clubs as the perennial bachelor. With his brother's death, he had to assume his position and deal with the expectations of his father. This has been complicated by both the resentment and adoration of many of his co-workers.
Even with a heavy workload and a busy personal life, he only narrowly manages to keep himself afloat thanks largely to Betty's support. As he tries to become more attuned to the world that he's been thrown into, he's also met this match in Sofia, the beautiful and devious editor whose managed to give him a taste of his own medicine. While at first, this was her intention, the pair has developed a more complex relationship and Daniel has had to start facing his own feelings.
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Betty tries to get away from the news cameras and ends up running directly into a wall. Justin amuses himself by watching the footage over and over again. Betty informs Hilda that Daniel’s family is in a real mess right now. At Mode, Bradford and Alexis finally face off! She tells him that she wished that he was still in prison and he tells her that she is fired! Amanda is shocked to find out that Marc still hasn’t told his mother that he is gay. He then informs her that his mother is coming to town and that he needs to end their “make believe” girlfriend/boyfriend relationship is over. He insists that after 3 years his mother is pressuring him to take the relationship to the next level. Amanda gets angry and storms off yelling to Marc that she will be the best pretend girlfriend he has ever had! Bradford goes to see Claire to see how she is doing. She insists that she has been better. He tells her that he is here for her. Daniel comes in and Claire informs them that she wants them to be a family....including Alexis! Claire then tells Bradford that he can’t fire Alexis because he doesn’t own Mode. She informs him that he is the owner of Meade Publications....but that she is the owner of Mode, and she says that Alexis stays!
Betty tells Daniel that it may be a good thing that he and Alexis work side by side. Daniel informs her that it was never easy working directly beside Alex because he always had to pull out on top. Daniel and Alexis meet with Wilhelmina to inform her that they are both Editors-in-Chief at Mode. Daniel informs Wilhelmina that she is still the creative director. When he begins to claim what duties he will handle, Alexis interrupts and insists that she doesn’t want anything to do with the business. Daniel leaves the room and Wilhelmina rushes over to Alexis. She tells her that she has to take what belongs to her and that she can’t leave Mode. Wilhelmina then tells her that she should take her office and operate from there. Marc panics when Wilhelmina drags him down to their new office. She insists that it will be temporary. Just long enough for Alexis and Daniel to kill each other! Marc gets a text message on his cell phone informing him that his mother is in the building.
Betty rushes to see Daniel and tells him that Alexis is planning to take over the company and push him out! Daniel puts on his jacket and goes to see his sister. Alexis tells him that they should try working together. He insists that he is not just her kid brother anymore and that he can’t push her around. She tells him that they are in this 50/50. Daniel agrees and instructs her to have her letter from the Editor ready by noon tomorrow so that they can print them side by side. When he leaves she calls in Nick (her assistant) and orders him to cancel his plans for tonight because they have to get their work completed by midnight. She informs him that Daniel is crazy if he thinks that she is going to share anything with him! Alexis has a major photo shoot and sends her pictures in to be on the next cover of the Magazine. Wilhelmina is pleased with all that she has done and insists that this is just too easy! Alexis tells them that Daniel isn’t going to know what hit him and rushes out the door.
Marc and Betty work hard at memorizing personal information about each other so that they can muddle through dinner with their parents. Betty gets distracted for a moment when Henry comes over to drop off the mail. Henry mumbles the answers to the personal questions concerning Betty while Marc passes on them all. Henry leaves them alone so that they can finish what they are doing. Betty goes to see Daniel and tells him that his letter as the Editor needs to be stronger. She then rushes out to go home and get things together for the dinner at her house.
Marc, Jean and Lady Buttons (her cat) arrive at the Suarez household for dinner. Hilda insists to Marc that she wouldn’t have missed this evening for the world. Betty and Marc struggle to make conversation during the dinner. Betty focuses the conversation on Jean and her cats. Jean then brings up Marc’s old roommate chuck Marc quickly insists that they weren’t that close. Hilda and Ignacio make numerous comments hinting to homosexuality and giggle at the situation. Things get a little too intense and Betty excuses them to her room. She informs Marc that he is a grown man and that he needs to tell her the truth. Marc insists that if tells her the truth now....it is going to ruin things between them. Betty assures him that it is the right thing to do and that it will make their relationship better. Justin arrives and complains to everyone that his father took him out for fast food and that he trying his best to watch points for swim suit season. He then shows off his “Free Claire Meade” t-shirt. He insists that he is not going to rest until that woman is free! Lady Buttons notices the door open and runs out. Ignacio runs after her and sets the alarm off from his ankle monitoring device. Jean sits in shock of all that is going on around her. The doorbell rings and Daniel enters the room. When Jean asks who he is, Justin tells her that Daniels is Betty’s ex-boyfriend!
Daniel tells Betty that he has finished the letter and wants her to proof it. She informs him that she is proud of him and that she will submit it in time for the printers. Daniel leaves and Marc walks in to see what is keeping Betty so long. He informs her that she doesn’t need to focus on the letter because Alexis has already sent the issue to print. Betty tells Marc that she must leave and notify Daniel of what is going on. She slams the door leaving Marc all alone there with his mother and her family. She catches up to Daniel and they rush off to stop the press! As Marc and Jean gather their things to leave, he informs her that he is breaking up with Betty. She is thrilled to hear that and starts putting down all of the Suarez family (Hilda for getting pregnant at a young age, Ignacio for being illegal and Betty for her looks). Justin runs by and she tells Marc that she doesn’t even know what that is. Marc becomes furious and informs her that these people have done some really nice things for him tonight. He informs her that she is practically calling her own son “swishy” when she talks about Justin like that. She begs him not to say anymore. He then tells her to open up her eyes and see him for what he is. She looks at her son and tells him that if this is the real him, then she doesn’t want to know him. She opens the door and leaves the Suarez house and sarcastically instructs him to thank them for a “lovely” evening!
Alexis sees Daniel and Betty running down the street to the printers. Daniel and Alexis sprint side by side toward the entrance but Alexis wins in the end. Daniel then runs into Betty at a bar and tells her that if Alexis wants the company, then she can have it. He insists that he has plenty of partying that he can catch up on. Wilhelmina sits in her office and thinks of a plan. She reaches down and scratches out her last name (Slater) on her stationary and writes in Meade! She then dolls all up and heads over to see Bradford. She offers him a little dinner and some company. Betty arrives back home and finds Marc sitting alone on her front porch. He tells her that his mother left when he told her the truth. Betty tells him that she has learned that it is not always family that loves you the most and that sometimes it is the family that we make for ourselves. Marc leaves to go home and Betty sits alone and reads the letter that Daniel wrote. His letter talks about how happy he is to have Alexis back with him and that his family is coming together. Betty goes inside and spends time with her family.
Grace and Daniel chit chat in bed before they start the day. Daniel panics when she informs him that she needs to speak with his mother. He tells her that Claire has gone away and that she probably won’t be able to find her. Daniel then rushes out and sends Claire off to a hotel to stay. He instructs her not to talk to anyone! Amanda tells Marc that she met designer Oswald Lorenzo the other night at a party. She tells him the story of how she fought another girl for his affections at the social. Amanda opens a packaged delivery and finds a dress that Lorenzo has sent to her. She is thrilled to find out that he has named the dress after her “The Amanda”. Amanda grabs the tiny silver dress and runs to change into it. She later emerges in the dress and it fits as tight as a mermaid outfit. Amanda struggles to move around the office but refuses to take it off. Alexis goes to see Wilhelmina and tells her that she has to at least give Daniel a chance since he was willing to turn his back on their father. Alexis gets upset and leaves when she sees the news coverage of Grace Chin defending her father. Constance visits Ignacio and continues to pour on the charm. She wrestles him down and steals a kiss.
Daniel tells Betty that she can’t let anyone know that he is sleeping with Grace Chin....especially Alexis. Betty swears to keep the secret and heads downstairs to see Christina. Betty tries to deny it when Christina starts gossiping about Daniel and Grace sleeping together, but Christina sees right through it. Henry stops in and gives Betty the invitation to Charlie’s birthday party. Christina is surprised to hear that she is going, but Betty informs her that she does not want to lose Henry as a friend. Christina insists that Betty will need a date for the evening. They ponder the thought and Betty calls her orthodontist for an appointment and informs him that a wire has snapped on her braces. He tells her to come in for another visit. She hangs up the phone and turns to Christina with a big smile. Christina then reaches in and snaps a wire on the braces for her.
Alexis interrupts the board meeting and yells to Daniel that they have a big problem! She tells Daniel that Grace Chin has never lost a case before and that Bradford is a murderer. She blames Bradford for causing their mother to drink hand sanitizer, for making Daniel feel miserable all those years and for preferring that she be dead vs. standing there in a dress. As Marc listens from around the corner, Daniel tells his sister that he doesn’t know anything about Grace Chin. Amanda rushes over to get the scoop and falls flat on her face because the dress is way too tight. Betty arrives for her orthodontist appointment and tells him that she snapped the wire while eating a bagel. He fixes the problem and she promises to be more careful. She jokingly tells him that he may have to have dinner with her to ensure that she doesn’t eat anything too dangerous. Her plan works and he accepts her proposal.
Hilda and Justin walk in the front door and are shocked to find Ignacio hiding in the dark from his case worker. He tells them that he doesn’t know what to do about her. Justin tells them that Constance gave him $1 the other day to call her grandma! Ignacio insists that he has got to keep her happy until the court date. Daniel panics when Betty comes in and informs him that Grace is going to talk to Claire. Daniel locates them at a restaurant and tries to interrupt, but Grace insists that she be able to speak with Claire. Claire informs Grace that Faye was cruel and manipulative. Grace excuses herself to take a phone call. Daniel takes the time to ask her again to stay clear of Grace, but she insists that she knows what is best. Daniel steps out to the lobby of the restaurant and uses his charm on Grace. She tells him that he has six minutes and they rush inside the coat check room to make out. Marc cringes at what he seeing but manages to do his job. He pulls out his cell phone and starts recording.
Wilhelmina is thrilled to get the video that Marc has captured on his cell phone of Grace and Daniel having sex on a dirty floor. She burns it to a CD and has it delivered to Alexis. Alexis is furious to find out that Daniel has betrayed her. Wilhelmina tells her that she knows exactly how she feels because she has been betrayed by a so called friend. Grace tells Daniel that she knows that Claire is the one that killed Faye. She tells him that she is confident that she can help her mother out of the situation by getting her doctors to testify. Just then Alexis walks in and tells Daniel that the woman he says that he has never met is in his bed with him!