A native New Yorker, born and raised in Flushing, Queens, Harris Doran (pronounced like Duran Duran) was an acting major at The High School of Performing Arts (The FAME School) before being accepted to the Juilliard School.
Harris went on to receive rave reviews for his work in theatre, playing a wide variety of roles. In 2000 he received an LA Ovation Award Nomination for playing "The Artful Dodger" in OLIVER at the DeafWest Theatre in Los Angeles. While in LA he shot guest spots on the television shows ANY DAY NOW and MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. Then in 2004, he starred in the film TWO PLUS ONE, which was shot entirely on location in Paris, France, as well as starring as "Claude" in the Broadway concert of HAIR, alongside Jennifer Hudson, Laura Benanti, and Ana Gasteyer. In 2006 he shot the mockumentary EXPOSING THE ORDER OF THE SERPENTINE for Spike TV as well as a guest spot on NBC’s THE BLACK DONNELLYS. After receiving praise for his role as "The Emcee" in CABARET at the Pittsburgh Public Theater (2007), Harris was asked back to play "Mozart" in their production of AMADEUS, earning him notice from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of the best performances of the year. After this he starred as "Jerry" in LOVE JERRY (2008), for which he won both a NYMF Award for Best Actor and the Talkin’ Broadway Award for Best Actor. In 2009, Harris played the role of "Freddy" in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, opposite Joe Piscopo at the Gateway Playhouse in Long Island, NY. The following year he received glowing reviews for playing "Myles" in IT MUST BE HIM (2010), which was written by the Emmy Award winning writer Kenny Solms, and starred three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Scolari. In 2011, he starred as "Marc" alongside Jerry Adler and Joyce DeWitt in the world premiere of I’M CONNECTICUT, written by THE SIMPSONS writer/producer Mike Reiss. He reprised his role along with Adler in the 2013 production. Harris is a regular on the webseries REAL ACTORS READ and MONTAUK BOYS and shot spots on CBS' PERSON OF INTEREST (2013), CBS' ELEMENTARY (2014), and one of the leads of the pilot episode of the new Lifetime series I LOVE YOU, BUT I LIED (2014). Harris was named by Backstage Magazine as one of the "Backstage 30 - actors on the verge of breaking out" (2014).
Harris’ film projects include starring as "Eugene" in the feature film MY BEST DAY, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival (2012), for which he won a Jury award for Best Acting Ensemble at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The film had its theatrical release (2013) and is now available on iTunes and Netflix; as well as "Spot" in the feature film JUNCTION, along with Michael O’Keefe, Anthony Rapp and David Zayas for which Harris won the Best Supporting Actor award at The Long Island International Film Expo and Best Ensemble Cast at the ReelHeART International Film Festival - JUNCTION is available for purchase on Amazon and rental on Redbox. He shot the starring role of "Jack Wright" in the feature film COACH OF THE YEAR (2012) as well as supporting roles in the feature films A CRY FROM WITHIN (2013) and '79 PARTS starring Eric Roberts (2013). Harris shot the lead roles of Djuna Wahlrab's feature WE'RE DOING FINE (2013) and John Jaquish's feature THE MUTINEER (2014).
Harris made his writer/director debut short film THE STORY OF MILO & ANNIE (2014) starring Academy Award Nominee Cathy Moriarty (RAGING BULL) and Alysia Reiner (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) which won Best Narrative Short in the Indie Memphis Film Festival. He has written the musicals SALVAGE, WASP WOMAN and BLEEDING LOVE which recently had its world premiere production (2015) in Denmark. His screenplay ATTICUS BROWN IS STILL HERE is in development and was a Sundance, Tribeca and Hamptons Sloan finalist (2014), his screenplay IN THE WAKE was a semifinalist for the Austin Film Festival (2014) and his screenplay COG was named the winner of the Write Movies Screenwriting Competition (2014) and was a quarterfinalist for the Oscars® Academy Nicholl Fellowship (2014). Harris is a writer on the tv show I LOVE YOU, BUT I LIED (2015) for Lifetime and is the sole writer of the sit-com REENACT for the new online network TWST (2016). He wrote and directed the film THIS MOVIE WILL GET INTO SUNDANCE (2016) and his multi-award winning writer/director debut feature film BEAUTY MARK (2017) premiered as a US competition film in the LA Film Festival to rave reviews and for which Harris was shortlisted for the Independent Spirit Awards' Someone To Watch Award.
Harris is currently working on his next feature film ATTICUS BROWN IS STILL HERE, a sci-fi, teen bullying, coming of age story which was developed at the Screenwriters Colony on Nantucket (2018).