Daniel Mays (born 31 March 1978) is an English actor having had roles in EastEnders (2000), Pearl Harbor, All or Nothing, Vera Drake (2001), Rehab (2005), Shifty, Red Riding (2008), Made in Dagenham, Ashes to Ashes (2010), Outcasts (2011), Mrs Biggs, Byzantium (2012), Line of Duty, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Des and White Lines (2020).
|Born||31 March 1978|
Epping, Essex, England
|Alma mater||Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts|
Early life edit
Born in Epping, Essex, 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 become a student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), graduating in 2000 with an Acting Diploma.
Acting career edit
In 2000, Mays debut role was a slot in EastEnders. Mays started his big screen career in 2001, as a pilot in the movie Pearl Harbor. His big break happened in 2002, when Mike Leigh cast him in both All or Nothing and Vera Drake, and Mays has said that working with Leigh was a big influence, advising that no stone be unturned when creating truly believable characters.
In 2005, he was cast in the BBC drama Rehab, then in 2008, played the role of Michael Myshkin in Channel 4's adaptation of David Peace's Red Riding trilogy. His appearance in the 2008 independent British crime film Shifty, co-starring Riz Ahmed, earned him a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards.
In 2010, Mays starred as Eddie O'Grady in the 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.
In 2011, Mays appeared in the BBC sci-fi series Outcasts. 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. In 2012, he starred alongside Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in the vampire film Byzantium.
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.
In 2016, 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 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. In 2016 Mays played the part of Aston in Harold Pinter's play The Caretaker directed by Matthew Warchus at The Old Vic Theatre in London opposite Timothy Spall and George MacKay. The same year, Mays portrayed Tivik in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In 2020, Mays starred as lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay in the ITV three-part television drama miniseries Des, about the 1983 arrest of the serial killer Dennis Nilsen, and as Marcus in the Ibiza based whodunnit series White Lines.
In March 2023, Mays made his musical debut as Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls directed by Nicholas Hytner at the Bridge Theatre. He left the production temporarily in July (where the role was taken over by Owain Arthur) due to filming commitments before returning to in October.
Personal life edit
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|
|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 Joe 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|
|2022||Your Christmas or Mine?||Geoff Taylor|
|2023||Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget||Fetcher||Voice, replacing Phil Daniels|
|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: 100 Years of Mills & Boon||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|
|The Interrogation of Tony Martin||DC Peters||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|
|2022||Inside No. 9||Shane||Series 7 Episode 4|
|2022||Maryland||PC Moody||TV film|
|2023||The Long Shadow||Sydney Jackson||TV miniseries|
|TBA||Franklin||Edward Bancroft||Upcoming miniseries|
Awards and nominations edit
|2004||Reims International Television Days||Best Actor||Rehab||Won|||
|2008||British Independent Film Awards||BIFA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor||Shifty||Nominated|||
|2013||National Television Awards||Most Popular Male Drama Performance||Mrs Biggs||Nominated|||
|2017||British Academy Television Awards||BAFTA TV Award for Best Supporting Actor||Line of Duty||Nominated|| |
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