David Paisley

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David Paisley
Born David Paisley
(1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 35)
Falkirk, Scotland
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2000–present

David Paisley (born 2 February 1979) is a Scottish actor, especially well known for roles as midwife Ben Saunders in Holby City, Ryan Taylor in Tinsel Town and most recently Rory Murdoch in River City. Some of his characters have been controversial due to their sexual orientation.[1]

Early Life[edit]

He grew up in Glen Village near Falkirk. At 15 he went to a gay youth group where he eventually met his first boyfriend. At 17, he went to Glasgow University to study Physics.[2] During which time he appeared in a community workshop (part of 7:84 theatre company in Glasgow) and then later he went to Caledonian University to study Optometry. At 18, finally came out to his family. Who were supportive and helped him in the Keep the Clause campaign.[3]

Career[edit]

Paisley began acting as a teenager when he heard about an open auditions for a show called 'Tinsel Town'. He played one of the main characters, 'Ryan Taylor', a 17-year-old boyfriend of a police officer in Tinseltown, a 1999-2000 television drama (co-produced by BBC Scotland and Raindog/Deep Indigo Productions).

Later he appeared in a few stage productions. Then in 2002, he landed the part of gay midwife Ben Saunders in BBC1's popular medical soap Holby City.[2] Ben's kiss with his on-screen boyfriend attracted 114 complaints from viewers.[4]

In 2008 He starred in the short film Sweat,[5]which was screened at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and selected for screening at NewFest in New York, June 2008.

Paisley completed filming on his regular role as Rory Murdoch on BBC Scotland's River City, the son of gangster Lenny Murdoch and departed the show in 2009.

Paisley starred as 'Madam' Gary in the play The Backroom by Adrian Pagan at The Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn, London in March–May 2009,[6] where he provided a 'particularly credible' performance as his 'nervy and paranoid' character.[7]

In May 2009, he also starred as Michael in the successful stage production of Muhmah[8] at the HighTide Festival. In 2009-2010, Paisley took to the stage again in the UK Tour of Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story, in which he played the part of Dan Cassidy.[9]

In 2010 Paisley made his directorial debut with the play 'The Lasses, O' (written by Janet Paisley).[10] at the Edinburgh Festival.

He also starred as Rick in the 2010 horror film Unhappy Birthday.[11]

In 2013 Paisley starred in a short film produced for the Dutch Film Festival called 'Fall-out', described as a post-apocalyptic romantic comedy.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Tinseltown Ryan Taylor TV series (2 seasons)
2002 As If Glen TV series (1 episodes)
2002-2003 Holby City Ben Saunders TV series (33 episodes)
2003 Casualty Ben Saunders TV series (6 episodes)
2006-2007 River City Rory Murdoch TV series (10 episodes)
2007 The Whistleblowers Paul McCallister TV series (1 episodes)
2008 Sweat Simon (short film)
2010 Unhappybirthday Rick (film)
2013 Fall-out Nate (shortfilm)

Personal life[edit]

Paisley is the son of author Janet Paisley, one of six sons.[13] He once dated his former Tinsel Town co-star Alex Mercer.[14] Paisley was voted 'Britain's sexiest man' by readers of Gay Times magazine in 2003.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bogs, Eric (2002), XY meets David Paisley, XY Magazine, retrieved 2 November 2007 
  2. ^ a b Hendry, Steven (10 Feb 2002). "I have never Ben so lonely; Says Holby star David.". Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland). Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Mcgarvie, Lindsay (7 May 2000). "Pain and grief that the campaign has ignored". Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland). Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Virgin Mary complaints rejected". news.bbc.co.uk. 29 April 2003. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Isaac, Tim (21 May 2012). "Candy Boy (DVD)". biggaypictureshow.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Jonathan Lovett (16 March 2009). "Reviews: The Backroom". The Stage. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Keith Myers (16 March 2009). "The Backroom". WhatsOnStage. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Michael Billington (5 May 2009). "Theatre: Guardians / Muhmah". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "David Paisley". Casting Call Pro. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Brown, Irene (2010), The Lasses, O by Janet Paisley, Edinburgh Guide, retrieved 20 August 2010 
  11. ^ Waygood, James (3 April 2011). "Film Review: Unhappy Birthday". sosogay.co.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Saltmarsh, Abigail (4 July 2013). "Daniel Boys on glitz, glamour and High Society". eveningnews24.co.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Janet Paisley: Part One (1948-1981)". scottishwomenpoets.wordpress.com. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  14. ^ English, Paul (2007), River City's New Star On Playing Gangster's Son, Daily Record, retrieved 4 February 2008 
  15. ^ Mann, Jordan. "Preview: Fall-Out". gaytimes.co.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 

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