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March 21, 1968
Riverside, California, United States
Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21, 1968) is an American-English model and retired actor. He is best known for his roles as trans woman Dil in the 1992 suspense-drama thriller film The Crying Game, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, (making him the first Mixed Race British actor to be nominated for an Oscar), and in 1994's Stargate as Ra.
Davidson, who had no acting experience, was discovered by a casting associate at a wrap party for Derek Jarman's Edward II. His androgynous look led to his casting as Dil in The Crying Game. He later played the evil sun god Ra in Stargate.
Davidson later retired from acting, stating that he "genuinely hated the fame" he was receiving. He became more driven towards modelling, and has since worked on several high-profile photo shoots.
Davidson is gay. At the time of his short acting career, he said that his androgynous look alienated him within the gay community, saying "Homosexual men love very masculine men. And I'm not a very masculine person. I'm reasonably thin. I have long hair, which isn't very popular with gay men.". In recent years he has adopted a more masculine look, with a shaved head, tattoos and more developed physique.
|1992||The Crying Game||Dil||Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2009||The Borghilde Project||Nazi photographer|
|1994||Jiggery Pokery||Himself||1 episode|
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- Giles, Jeff (22 March 1993). "The Open Secret -- In A Rare Interview, Jaye Davidson Leaves Nothing To The Imagination When Discussing The Oscar-Nominated Film, `The Crying Game'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013.