24 July 1948
Billericay, Essex, England, UK
Haywood was born in Billericay, Essex, England. He spent his early childhood in Chelmsford before moving to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire where he attended High Wycombe Royal Grammar School from 1959 to 1965. He then started working in the cellars of a local wine shipper before gaining a place at E15 Acting School. After graduating in 1970 he emigrated to Australia and soon after, he was involved with Sydney's Nimrod Theatre Company and according to an interview with ABC reporter Jane Cowan, actually helped build the premises with scrap timber. He was the Artistic Director of the Pro's and Con's Playhouse at Parramatta Jail for two years. He established the drama service on Kiribati National Radio.
Film credits include: The Cars That Ate Paris, Newsfront, In Search of Anna, Kostas, Breaker Morant, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, Running on Empty, Man of Flowers, Quigley Down Under, Lonely Hearts, Strikebound, Malcolm, The Bit Part, Golden Braid, A Woman's Tale, The First Kangaroos, Muriel's Wedding, Shine, Beneath Hill 60 and Sleeping Beauty (2011).
TV credits include: Homicide, Essington, Against the Wind, Five Mile Creek, Return to Eden, Waterfront, A Good Thing Going, Boys From The Bush, Water Rats, Farscape, McLeod's Daughters, All Saints, Stingers, Grass Roots, Home and Away and The Pacific. Haywood began appearing in Neighbours as Walter Mitchell in June 2013.
His performances have been honoured with three Awards from the Australian Film Institute (from a total of eight nominations) for his roles in the feature films A Street to Die and Emerald City, and for television in Stingers as well as the Film Critics Circle Award for Kiss or Kill and the Asian Film Festival Award for In Search of Anna. He garnered three Logie Awards for his work on television-for Essington, Good Thing Going and Janus. Most recently he won the Best Actor award at the Tampa Bay Film Festival in Florida.
- Brian McFarlane, Geoff Mayer, Ina Bertrand (Ed.) (1999). The Oxford companion to Australian film. Melbourne, Australia ; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-553797-1.
- Chris Haywood at the Internet Movie Database