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2 February 1979
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.
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. 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.
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. Ben's kiss with his on-screen boyfriend attracted 114 complaints from viewers.
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, where he provided a 'particularly credible' performance as his 'nervy and paranoid' character.
In May 2009, he also starred as Michael in the successful stage production of Muhmah 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.
He also starred as Rick in the 2010 horror film Unhappy Birthday.
|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)|
Paisley is the son of author Janet Paisley, one of six sons. He once dated his former Tinsel Town co-star Alex Mercer. Paisley was voted 'Britain's sexiest man' by readers of Gay Times magazine in 2003.
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