Jaye Davidson

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Jaye Davidson
Born Alfred Amey
(1968-03-21) March 21, 1968 (age 47)
Riverside, California, United States
Occupation Model, actor
Years active 1992-2009

Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21, 1968) is an American-born British 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,[1] 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.[2]

Acting career[edit]

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.

Modeling career[edit]

Davidson later retired from acting, stating that he "genuinely hated the fame" he was receiving. He became more driven towards modeling, and has since worked on several high-profile photo shoots.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

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.".[3] He later adopted a more masculine look, with a shaved head, tattoos and more developed physique.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1994 Stargate Ra
1996 Catwalk Himself Documentary
1999 Cousin Joey
2009 The Borghilde Project Nazi photographer


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Jiggery Pokery Himself 1 episode


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