Daniel Mays

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Daniel Mays
Born Daniel Alan Mays[1]
(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 36)[2]
Epping, Essex, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present

Daniel Alan Mays (born 31 March 1978) is an English actor.

Early life[edit]

Born the third of four boys, Mays was brought up in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, by his electrician father and bank cashier mother.[3] He attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before going on to win a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Career[edit]

After graduating from RADA in 2000,[4] 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 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 resulted in further offers of work.

One of Mays's most notable early roles was in the improvised BBC drama Rehab. Directed by acclaimed film maker Antonia Bird, Rehab was a drama about life inside a drug rehabilitation 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.[5]

Mays has continued to work regularly, and has appeared in a 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 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 played the role of Michael Myshkin in Channel 4's adaptation of David Peace's Red Riding trilogy.[6] He also appears in the third and final series of Ashes to Ashes on BBC1 as Discipline and Complaints Officer, DCI Jim Keats (who is actually the devil disguised as a police officer).

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 too much for some audience members and walkouts were not uncommon.[2]

Projects in 2009 included 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; a "mark" in the BBC drama serial Hustle; as well as an appearance in the independent British film Shifty, co-starring Riz Ahmed, for which he received a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards.[7]

Mays starred as Eddie O'Grady in the 2010 film Made in Dagenham. In the same year, he played DCI Jim Keats in the third series of "Ashes to Ashes", in which he portrayed a character that was the antagonist of Philip Glenister's Gene Hunt.

Mays appears in the BBC sci-fi series Outcasts,[8] which started on 7 February 2011, as PAS Officer Cass Cromwell, and in the ninth episode of the 6th series of Doctor Who, entitled "Night Terrors," broadcast on BBC One on 3 September 2011.

He had roles in No One Gets Off in This Town and a supporting role in the Steven Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin. However the latest part he has played was a criminal on a curfew after serving a 10-year sentence for the murder of his girlfriend when he was 19 in the programme Public Enemies, which aired on BBC One in early January 2012. He played Ronnie Biggs in a 5 part drama called Mrs Biggs.

Personal life[edit]

Mays has a young son, Mylo Burton-Mays, and lives in Crouch End, North London.[5] A keen football fan, he is a supporter of Leyton Orient.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Skin Deep Flashback youth Short film
Pearl Harbor Pilot No. 3
2002 All or Nothing Jason
2004 Vera Drake Sid
2005 The Secret Life of Words Martin
The Best Man Pool Guy
2006 Middletown Jim Hunter
A Good Year Bert the Doorman
2007 Atonement Tommy Nettle
2008 The Bank Job Dave Shilling
Shifty Chris
Bitter Unknown Short film
2009 Mr. Nobody Young journalist
The Firm Yeti
2010 Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang Blenkinsop
Hippie Hippie Shake Widgery Awaiting release
Made in Dagenham Eddie
No One Gets Off in This Town
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Allan
2012 Byzantium Noel
2013 Welcome to the Punch Nathan Bartnick
2016 Dads Army.[10] Private Walker

Television[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
1995 Fist of Fun Patrick Nuffy Episode 2.5–2.6
2000 EastEnders Kevin Two episodes
2001 In Deep Dave Street Episode 1.5: "Ghost Squad: Part 1"
The Bill Warren Debdale Episode 17.46: "Temptation"
2002 Manchild Mechanic Episode 1.1: "Fiftysomething"
NCS Manhunt Danny Bird Episodes 1.1 and 1.6
Dead Casual Unknown TV film
Tipping the Velvet Jimmy Burns TV serial
2003 Rehab Adam TV film
2004 Top Buzzer Carlton Appeared in ten episodes
Keen Eddie Ronnie Wiggensey Jr. Episode 1.8: "Sticky Fingers"
2005 Beneath the Skin Moz Burnside TV film
Class of '76 DS Steven Grant
Funland Carter Krantz Appeared in all 11 episodes
2007 Consent Steve
Saddam's Tribe Uday TV film
Half Broken Things Michael TV film
2008 White Girl Steve TV film
Consuming Passion Charles Boon TV film
2009 Plus One Rob Black Appeared in all five episodes
Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983 Michael Myshkin
The Street Mark Episode 3.2
2010 Hustle Mervyn Lloyd Episode 6.5: "Conned Out of Luck"
Ashes to Ashes Jim Keats Appeared in eight episodes
2011 Outcasts Cass Cromwell
Doctor Who[11] Alex Series 6 Episode 9: "Night Terrors"
2012 Treasure Island Doctor Livesey 2x 120 min Drama
Public Enemies Eddie Mottram
Mrs Biggs Ronnie Biggs

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography for Daniel Mays at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b Paddock, Terri; "20 Questions With… Daniel Mays" WhatsOnStage.com, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  3. ^ Wolf, Matt; "Happy At The Cutting Edge" TimesOnline.co.uk, 26 February 2006 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  4. ^ "Alumni: Who Trained at RADA — Graduate Directory" RADA.org (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  5. ^ a b "Funland Starts this autumn on BBC THREE" BBC.co.uk (Press Office), 27 September 2005 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  6. ^ Barnett, David; "Bradford: City gives a backdrop to new drama" TheTelegraphAndArgus.co.uk, 9 September 2008 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  7. ^ "BIFA Nominations — 2008: Best Supporting Actor for Shifty" BIFA.org.uk, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  8. ^ Outcasts
  9. ^ "On Soccer AM… This Saturday Gazza joins Max and Helen" SkySports.com, 17 April 2009 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
  10. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-29536370
  11. ^ http://www.alphabetkidz.co.uk/newsitem.php?news_id=129

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