Darnell was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He graduated from Ruskin High School in 2003 and went off to Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO. There, he received a scholarship to play basketball and received his Associate’s Degree in Business. Kirkwood then transferred to Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, where he, once again, played basketball on a full-ride scholarship. He graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. While both of his degrees were in Business, his passion was in Entertainment and Sports. “I’ve always loved music, entertainment, sports and food.”
After playing two years of Professional Basketball in Denmark (along with modeling and making music), Kirkwood suffered a career-changing injury. As a result, he decided to take on entertainment full force. He immediately signed with Boca Talent in Boca Raton, FL and Wilhelmina Miami. Through this, Kirkwood found his passion for the camera through commercial acting, TV/Film acting, being a spokesperson, hosting, interviewing, modeling and performing music. “I have worked very hard at learning the craft and understand the necessity of continuously finding ways to become better at it. I thank God that I have been blessed with a lot of opportunities and a vision. But I don’t do what I do just to make a career out of it and make a lot of money, I do it for every person who feels like their dreams are impossible.” Currently, Kirkwood lives in LA and works as a SAG actor and print model. He is currently represented by TWO Management for print, Daniel Hoff Agency for Commercials and Luber Roklin for theatrical management.