Born in 1969, Gilley spent his early years in Southampton, Hampshire. Gilley was educated at Millfield School, a boarding independent school in the village of Street in Somerset. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company at the age of 17.
Peace One Day
In 1994, following a decade of professional acting, Gilley started a film making company, P.U.R.E. Productions.
In 1998, Gilley began to make the Peace One Day documentary, eventually deciding to aim for a UN resolution formalising the idea. This goal was reached in 2001.
Gilley organised two concerts at Brixton Academy, London, on 21 September 2002 and 2003. In 2004, the Peace One Day documentary premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and the BBC aired the documentary in September of the same year. In 2005, Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller hosted the film's North American premiere to highlight Peace Day.
Gilley produced and filmed The Day After Peace, in association with the BBC. The film documents polio vaccinations on 21 September 2007 in Afghanistan. In May 2008 Gilley received the award Campaigner of the Year.
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