Daniel Mays (born 31 March 1978) is an English actor.
|Born||31 March 1978|
Epping, Essex, England
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.
After graduating from RADA in 2000, Mays soon started appearing in a number of supporting roles ranging from a bit part in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2000 to a pilot in Jerry Bruckheimer's big-budget Pearl Harbor (2001). He was cast in the Mike Leigh films All or Nothing (2002) (as Jason, a thug who abuses his girlfriend) and Vera Drake (2004), in which he plays Sid, the protagonist's son. His performances for Leigh resulted in further offers of work.
One of Mays's most notable early roles was in the improvised BBC drama Rehab. Directed by Antonia Bird, Rehab was a drama about life inside a drug rehabilitation facility. He starred as Adam, a young heroin addict released from prison and sent directly to rehab. For his performance Mays was awarded the Best Actor award at the Palmare-Reims Television Festival in 2003.
Mays has since appeared in a variety of productions, including a part in Johnny Vaughan's sitcom, Top Buzzer (2004); the lead role of Carter Krantz in BBC Three's Funland (2005); and film appearances in Atonement (2007), White Girl (2008) and The Bank Job (2008).
Mays starred in Channel 4's Friday-night comedy-of-errors sitcom Plus One, in which he played Rob Black, the perennial victim of Sod's law whose girlfriend has dumped him to marry "Duncan from Blue". He played the role of Michael Myshkin in Channel 4's adaptation of David Peace's Red Riding trilogy. He also appears in the third and final series of Ashes to Ashes on BBC1 as Discipline and Complaints Officer, DCI Jim Keats.
In addition to his TV and film work, Mays has starred in six stage plays at London's Royal Court Theatre. The productions have included Ladybird, Motortown, The Winterling and Scarborough. Simon Stephens wrote the lead role of Danny in Motortown with Mays in mind. He went on to win critical acclaim for his performance, but the hard-hitting play was too much for some audience members and walkouts were not uncommon.
Projects in 2009 included Hippie Hippie Shake (as '60s alternative figurehead David Widgery, alongside Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller); a role opposite Anna Friel in the third series of Jimmy McGovern's The Street; a "mark" in the BBC drama serial Hustle; as well as an appearance in the independent British film Shifty, co-starring Riz Ahmed, for which he received a nomination for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards.
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.
Mays appears in the BBC sci-fi series Outcasts, which started on 7 February 2011, as PAS Officer Cass Cromwell, and in the ninth episode of the 6th series of Doctor Who, titled "Night Terrors," broadcast on BBC One on 3 September 2011.
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.
Mays portrayed Tivik in the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
On 11 April 2017 Mays was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award for Supporting Actor for his role in Line of Duty series 3.
Mays and his wife, makeup artist Louise Burton, have a son and a daughter. As of 2005, Mays and his family were living in Crouch End, an area in the London Borough of Haringey. A keen football fan, he is a supporter of Leyton Orient. He is also a fan of British rock band Feeder, having appeared in a 2012 music video.
|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|
|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|
|2016||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story||Tivik||Cameo|
|2017||The Limehouse Golem||George Flood|
|2018||Swimming with Men||Colin|
|2018||Two for Joy||Lias|
|2020||The Rhythm Section||Dean West|
|1995||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||2x 120 min Drama|
|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 Episode 1|
|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|
- Paddock, Terri; "20 Questions With… Daniel Mays" Archived 16 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine WhatsOnStage.com, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- Wolf, Matt; "Happy At The Cutting Edge" TimesOnline.co.uk, 26 February 2006 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "Alumni: Who Trained at RADA — Graduate Directory" Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine RADA.org (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "Funland Starts this autumn on BBC THREE" BBC Press Office, 27 September 2005 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- Barnett, David; "Bradford: City gives a backdrop to new drama" Bradford Telegraph & Argus, 9 September 2008 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "BIFA Nominations — 2008: Best Supporting Actor for Shifty" Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine British Independent Film Awards, (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "Outcasts". BBC One. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "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.
- Neville, Ryan (10 January 2016). "Finally, Daniel Mays married his girlfriend Louise Burton, who is also the mother of his children". HitCopy. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
- "On Soccer AM… This Saturday Gazza joins Max and Helen" SkySports.com, 17 April 2009 (Retrieved: 23 August 2009)
- "Dad's Army film cast announced". Bbc.co.uk. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2017.
- "Rogue One". Starwars.com. Retrieved 13 October 2017.