David Hayman Bio - Biography

Name David Hayman
Naionality British
Date of Birth 1950
Place of Birth Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, David Hayman began his acting career at the Citizens’ Theatre in Glasgow. With the company, he performed in numerous productions and played a variety of roles, such as Figaro, Hamlet and Al Capone. He branched out to television during the 1970s, appearing in episodes of “Play for Today,” “Sutherland’s Law” and “Charlie’s Angels,” and in the miniseries “The Eagle of the Ninth” (1977), as well as playing various character in the comedy show “Scotch & Wry” (1978). His first big screen job arrived in 1977 when he was hired to voice Radio and Television Shows in the horror film The Virgin Slaughter. However, Hayman did not create a national success until he was cast as an infamous Barlinnie Prison inmate turned sculptor, Jimmy Boyle, in A Sense of Freedom (1979), a crime/thriller film helmed by John Mackenzie.

After this performance Hayman’s career took flight. But, he chose to concentrate on playing character roles rather than the lead. He was then seen in such films as Eye of the Needle (1981, starred Donald Sutherland), Heavenly Pursuits (1985), Murphy’s Law (1986), Sid and Nancy (1986), John Boorman’s Hope and Glory (1987), Walker (1987) and the drama Venus Peter (1989). Assignments in miniseries “Fame Is the Spur” (1982), “Reilly: The Ace of Spies” (1983) and “Fell Tiger” (1985), as well as in television films Coming Out of the Ice (1982) and Love Story: Mr. Right (1983) kept the actor under the radar of TV audience during 1980s. It was in 1989 that the active performer made his debut as a director with the drama made-for-television film Govan Ghost Story.

In 1990, Hayman had his first taste of directing film with Silent Scream, a return to a study of crooks in Barlinnie Prison that focuses on the life of convicted killer Larry Winters (played by Iain Glen). The film won a Berlin International Film Festival for OCIC Award and received a nod for Golden Berlin Bear. Additionally, Silent Scream earned a Fantasporto’s International Fantasy Film for Best Film. Three years later, he directed Helen Mirren for the thriller film The Hawk, which picked a nomination for Best Film at the Mystfest. Following his behind-the scene-efforts in television film A Woman’s Guide to Adultery (1993) and the television shows “Cardiac Arrest” (1994) and “Finney” (1994, also played McDade), he helmed and costarred in the dark and disturbing film The Near Room (1995), about child maltreatment and fraud set in Glasgow. Like its predecessors, the film was also a success in the festival circuits, taking home such nods as a 1995 San Sebastián International Film Festival for Golden Seashell and a 1996 Fantasporto’s International Fantasy Film for Best Film.

From 1997-1998, Hayman could be seen acting in several films, including Michael Caton-Jones’ The Jackal (1997, starred Bruce Willis and Richard Gere), The Boxer (1997, with Daniel Day-Lewis) and the Jean-Claude Van Damme starring vehicle Legionnaire (1998). But, he is perhaps most remembered for playing Detective Chief Superintendent Mike Walker in Lynda La Plante’s crime thriller TV film Trial and Retribution (1997), a gig he reprised for its sequels in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

While starring in the long running Trial & Retribution series, Hayman also appeared in a number of films like Tough Love (2000, TV), the crime Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000, starred Kevin Spacey), Vertical Limit (2000, opposite Chris O’Donnell and Robin Tunney), The Tailor of Panama (2001, starred Pierce Brosnan), The Last Great Wilderness (2002), Rachel Blanchard’s The Wild Dogs (2002, earned a Genie for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as Victor), Gifted (2003, TV), Gladiatress (2004), Fise (2004), Where the Truth Lies (2005, along side Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth and Alison Lohman), Rag Tale (2005) and Avenger (2006, TV). Also in 2006, Hayman made his return to stage after many years hiatus with a role in “Six and a Tanner at Oran Mor.”

Hayman has recently completed the comedy film Speed Dating, playing Dr. Birmingham, which is scheduled to be released in early 2007. On the small screen, he has finished Trial & Retribution XI: Closure and Trial & Retribution XII: Paradise Lost, both for 2006 release, and he is currently working on the next sequels Trial and Retribution XIII: Curriculum Vitae and Trial and Retribution XIV: Mirror Image, both for 2007 release.

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