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Jaye Davidson
Born Alfred Amey
March 21, 1968 (1968-03-21) (age 41)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Years active 1992-1999

Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21 1968) is an American-born British Oscar-nominated former actor.


Early life

Davidson was born in Riverside, California, the son of a Ghanaian father and English mother. He left the United States when his family left for the United Kingdom when he was two and a half years old, growing up in Hertfordshire, England.


Davidson is best known for his role as the transsexual Dil in the film The Crying Game (1992). For this role, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, although the prize went to Gene Hackman for his performance in Unforgiven. Director Neil Jordan revealed in the commentary to The Crying Game Collector's Edition DVD that Davidson was unaware — until the scene in which his character's transwoman identity was revealed was being filmed — that he would be fully nude in the film. Davidson also appeared as Ra in the film Stargate, (1994).

He no longer acts, preferring to work in the fashion industry. He has returned to the job he had before The Crying Game — working as a fashion assistant in London. He worked for Walt Disney Corporation and as fashion assistant for David and Elizabeth Emanuel.


Voted best newcomer by National Board of Review, 1993; Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1993.


Year Film Role Notes
1992 The Crying Game Dil Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1994 Jiggery Pokery Himself (TV)
1994 Stargate Ra
1996 Catwalk Himself (documentary)
1999 Cousin Joey  
2009 The Borghilde Project Nazi Photographer


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