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Daniel Mays
Born Daniel Mays
31 March 1978 (1978-03-31) (age 31)[1]
Epping, Essex, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Daniel Mays (born 31 March 1978) is a British actor.

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Early life

One of four boys, Mays was raised in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, by his electrician father and bank cashier mother.[2] He attended the Italia Conti stage school before going on to win a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Career

After graduating from RADA in 2000,[3] Mays soon started appearing in a number of supporting roles ranging from a bit part in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2000 to playing a pilot in Jerry Bruckheimer's big-budget Pearl Harbor (2001). He was cast in the Mike Leigh film All or Nothing (2002) as Jason, a violent thug who abused his girlfriend, and also appeared in Leigh's next project, Vera Drake (2004), in which he played Sid, the protagonist's son. His performances for Leigh made a big impact resulting in many more offers of work.

One of Mays' most notable early roles was in the improvised BBC drama Rehab. Directed by acclaimed film maker Antonia Bird, Rehab was a hard-hitting drama about life in side a rehab facility. He starred as Adam a young heroin addict released from prison and sent directly to rehab. For his performance Mays was awarded the Best Actor award at the Palmare-Reims Television Festival in 2003.[4]

In less than a decade since his first professional job, Mays has continued to work regularly and has become one of Britain's most in-demand young actors. He continues to appear in a wide variety of productions which have included a part in Johnny Vaughan's sitcom, Top Buzzer (2004); the lead role of Carter Krantz in BBC Three's Funland (2005); as well as film appearances in Atonement (2007), White Girl (2008) and The Bank Job (2008).

Mays recently starred in Channel 4's Friday-night comedy-of-errors sitcom Plus One, in which he played Rob Black, the perennial victim of Sod's law whose girlfriend has dumped him to marry "Duncan from Blue". He is currently playing the role of Michael Myshkin in Channel 4's adaptation of David Peace's Red Riding trilogy.[5]

In addition to his TV and film work, Mays has also starred in six stage plays at London's Royal Court Theatre. The productions have included Ladybird, Motortown, The Winterling and Scarborough. Simon Stephens wrote the lead role of Danny in Motortown with Mays in mind. He went on to win critical acclaim for his performance, but the hard-hitting play was considered too much for some audience members and walkouts were not uncommon.[1]

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Future work

Upcoming projects scheduled for 2009 include Hippie Hippie Shake (as '60s alternative figurehead David Widgery, alongside Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller); a role opposite Anna Friel in the third series of Jimmy McGovern's The Street; as well as an appearance in the independent British movie Shifty, co-starring Riz Ahmed, for which he has already received a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards.[6] Expected in 2010 are roles in the and a part amongst the impressive cast of No One Gets Off in This Town. Also, he will have a supporting role in the Steven Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Personal life

Mays has a young son, Mylo Burton-Mays, and lives in Crouch End, North London.[4] A keen football fan, he is a supporter of Leyton Orient Football Club.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b Paddock, Terri; "20 Questions With… Daniel Mays" WhatsOnStage.com, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  2. ^ Wolf, Matt; "Happy At The Cutting Edge" TimesOnline.co.uk, 26 February 2006 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  3. ^ "Alumni: Who Trained at RADA — Graduate Directory" RADA.org (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  4. ^ a b "Funland Starts this autumn on BBC THREE" BBC.co.uk (Press Office), 27 September 2005 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  5. ^ Barnett, David; "Bradford: City gives a backdrop to new drama" TheTelegraphAndArgus.co.uk, 9 September 2008 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  6. ^ "BIFA Nominations — 2008: Best Supporting Actor for Shifty" BIFA.org.uk, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  7. ^ "On Soccer AM… This Saturday Gazza joins Max and Helen" SkySports.com, 17 April 2009 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)

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