Jaye Davidson

Actor, Production assistant, Model
Poised, photogenic performer with strikingly delicate features, of British-African ancestry. Davidson was born in California but raised in the white middle-class surroundings of Hertfordshire, England. After being ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1968 in Riverside, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (2)

Stargate 1994 (Movie)

Ra (Actor)

The Crying Game 1992 (Movie)

Dil (Actor)

Biography

Poised, photogenic performer with strikingly delicate features, of British-African ancestry. Davidson was born in California but raised in the white middle-class surroundings of Hertfordshire, England. After being discovered at a London wrap party for Derek Jarman's "Edward II", this androgynous, light-complexioned beauty made a big splash with a screen debut in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game" (1992). Though untrained in acting, Davidson was riveting and fascinating as Dil, a mysterious London singer and hairdresser who confounded many a spectator's expectations. His remarkable achievement was acknowledged with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Davidson next landed a starring role in the science fiction epic, "Stargate" (1994) playing the sun god Ra, a villainous force who rules a parallel universe that echoes the Egypt of Hollywood biblical movies. Though Janet Maslin of THE NEW YORK TIMES noted that the part didn't involve much acting, she added that Davidson "makes the perfect Ra mannequin".

Milestones

1994

Demanded and received $1 million to appear in Roland Emmerich's "Stargate"

1992

Acting debut in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game"

1968

Moved to England (date approximate)

Born in California

Raised in Hertfordshire, England

Studied ballet as a child but gave it up because it seemed too demanding in the 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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"The one truly dramatic question raised by 'Stargate' is, why did Jaye Davidson choose to follow up his heartbreaking and lyrically sexy performance in 'The Crying Game' by appearing in this glittery trash pile? Vamping the audience with his come-hither stare, spouting 'hieroglyph' gibberish in an electromagnetic drone, he gives you the feeling that Darth Vader has been reincarnated as Ali MacGraw." --Owen Gleiberman writing in Entertainment Weekly, November 11, 1994.

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"... I was completely broke and my phone service had been cut off. The "Stargate" people sent a courier around and said 'If you're interested in the film, phone this man'. So I went up to the phone box. It was like one or two in the morning, and I thought, No, I don't think I really want to do it. So I said, 'All right, I'll do it for a million dollars.' I thought, I have no chance of geting a million dollars. They said I had to phone back in an hour. And then when I called back, they said, 'Yeah, we'll give you a million dollars.'" --Jaye Davidson in Interview, November 1994.

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