|Born||31 March 1978|
Epping, Essex, England
Daniel Mays (born 31 March 1978) is an English actor.
Born the third of four boys, Mays was brought up in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, by his electrician father and bank cashier mother. He attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before going on to win a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Mays graduated from RADA in 2000. Mike Leigh cast him in both All or Nothing and Vera Drake and Mays has said that working with Leigh was decisive in making him the kind of actor he wanted to be. "You leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of truthful, believable characters." In 2005 he was cast in the BBC drama Rehab and in 2008 played the role of Michael Myshkin in Channel 4's adaptation of David Peace's Red Riding trilogy.
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.
He had roles in No One Gets Off in This Town and a supporting role in the Steven Spielberg film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. He then played 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.
For much of the latter half of 2013, Mays performed on stage. Performing in Nick Payne's Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Nigel Lindsay  and in the first major revival of Jez Butterworth's debut play Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre. He starred alongside Ben Whishaw, Brendan Coyle, Rupert Grint and Colin Morgan.
Mays starred in Series 3 of BBC drama Line of Duty as Sergeant Danny Waldron, an armed response officer whose troubled and abusive childhood comes under investigation following his death in episode one as part of wider investigation of police corruption throughout the serial. He was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Supporting Actor for his role.
He starred as lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay in the three-part television drama miniseries Des, about the 1983 arrest of Scottish serial killer Dennis Nilsen, first screened on ITV on 14 September 2020 in the UK.
Mays has a son and a daughter with makeup artist Louise Burton. As of 2005, he was living in Crouch End, an area in the London Borough of Haringey. A keen football fan, he is a supporter of Leyton Orient.
|2001||Skin Deep||Flashback youth||Short film|
|Pearl Harbor||Pilot No. 3|
|2002||All or Nothing||Jason|
|2005||The Secret Life of Words||Martin|
|The Best Man||Pool Guy|
|A Good Year||Bert the Doorman|
|2007||Saddam’s Tribe: Bound By Blood||Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti|
|2008||The Bank Job||Dave Shilling|
|2009||Mr. Nobody||Young Journalist|
|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: The Secret of the Unicorn||Allan|
|2013||Welcome to the Punch||Nathan Bartnick|
|2016||Dad's Army||Private Walker|
|Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Tivik||Cameo|
|2017||The Limehouse Golem||George Flood|
|2018||Swimming with Men||Colin|
|Two for Joy||Lias|
|2020||The Rhythm Section||Dean West|
|1996||Fist of Fun||Patrick Nuffy||Episode 2.5–2.6|
|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|
|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||TV film|
|Funland||Carter Krantz||Appeared in all 11 episodes|
|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|
|Doctor Who||Alex||Series 6 Episode 9: "Night Terrors"|
|2012||Treasure Island||Doctor Livesey||Miniseries|
|Public Enemies||Eddie Mottram|
|Mrs Biggs||Ronnie Biggs|
|2014||The Great Fire||Samuel Pepys||TV series 4 episodes|
|Common||Tommy Ward||TV film|
|2016||Line of Duty||Sergeant Danny Waldron||Series 3|
|Born to Kill||Bill||TV Series|
|Against the Law||Peter Wildeblood||Docu-drama|
|2018||Urban Myths: The Sex Pistols Vs. Bill Grundy||Mike Housego||TV Series 1 episode|
|My Dinner with Hervé||Casey||TV Movie|
|2019||Porters||Anthony De La Mer||Regular, 6 episodes (Series 2)|
|Good Omens||Arthur Young||Miniseries|
|Temple||Lee Simmons||8 Episodes|
|2020||Des||Peter Jay||TV miniseries|
|Code 404||DI John Major|
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- "Alumni: Who Trained at RADA — Graduate Directory" Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine RADA.org (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- The Observer Magazine, p.26 12 April 2009
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- "BIFA Nominations — 2008: Best Supporting Actor for Shifty" Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine British Independent Film Awards, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
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- "Past productions - Donmar Warehouse". Donmar Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Sonia Friedman Productions". Sonia Friedman. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Television: Supporting Actor in 2017". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
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- "On Soccer AM… This Saturday Gazza joins Max and Helen" SkySports.com, 17 April 2009 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "Feeder". roughtrade.com. 2020. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
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