Dan Zappieri made her first appearance 19 March 1996. He is portrayed by Carl Pizzie.
Dan was a drug dealer, who befriended Tony Hills. They sold drugs together and Pizzie commented that Tony was easily drawn into Dan's world as he thought it was exciting and he liked having money. When two of Dan's customers suffered serious side effects from his drugs, he was unconcerned and Pizzie noted that all Dan cared about was money.
He said "He likes playing the bad guy, he thinks his life is a bit like an Al Pacino movie. Pizzie found parts of Dan's storylines challenging to play, as he did not touch drugs. But he liked that the show was tackling the subject matter and the negative effects taking drugs had on people. An Inside Soap columnist branded the character "Desperate Dan" and "Walford's latest villain".