David Hayman

David Hayman

Feb. 9th, 1948
Born in
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

David Hayman's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Paradise (UK) TV Show
The Paradise (UK)
Taboo TV Show
Trial and Retribution (UK) TV Show
Trial and Retribution (UK)
Enemy at the Door (UK) TV Show
Enemy at the Door (UK)
Fame is the Spur (UK) TV Show
Fame is the Spur (UK)
It'll All Be Over In Half An Hour (UK) TV Show
It'll All Be Over In Half An Hour (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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David Hayman (born February 9, 1948) is a Scottish film and television actor and director, best known for his role as DCS Mike Walker in ITV drama Trial and Retribution. He also a prominent supporter of the SNP's callHayman studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He began his acting career at the Citizens' Theatre in the city, playing a variety of roles, including Hamlet, Figaro and Al Capone. He gained national prominence playing notorious Barlinnie Prison convict turned sculptor, Jimmy Boyle, in the film A Sense of Freedom. After this film he focused on playing character roles rather than the lead. His long list of film credits include appearances supporting 'Pierce Brosnan' in The Tailor of Panama, 'Bruce Willis' in The Jackal and 'Kevin Spacey' in Ordinary Decent Criminal. He also appeared in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Hayman is also well known for his television appearances, most notably as Chief Supt. Michael Walker in Lynda La Plante's long running Trial & Retribution sequence of crime thriller mini-series which recently finished shooting its 10th series. He has also had success in directing film and TV productions. Silent Scream is a return to a study of convicts in Barlinnie Prison, examining the life of convicted murderer Larry Winters. The film was entered into the 40th Berlin International Film Festival. Later followed The Hawk, starring Helen Mirren as a woman who begins to suspect that her husband is a serial killer. More recently, The Near Room is a dark and disturbing film about child abuse and corruption set in Glasgow.

Hayman was awarded the City of Glasgow's gold medal in 1992, for outstanding services to the performing arts. In 2001 he founded the humanitarian charity Spirit Aid which is dedicated to children of the world whose lives have been devastated by war, genocide, poverty, abuse or lack of opportunity at home and abroad. Hayman is currently Head of Operations of the charity which undertakes humanitarian relief projects from Kosovo to Guinea-Bissau, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malawi and South Africa.

Hayman is currently working on production of a biopic of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns.

He has a distinct scar over his left eye, which he chose to use as character makeup, along with a shaved head, for his part in the Trial & Retribution series.
In 2009 he appeared in an episode of the British television series Robin Hood.

He is a supporter of Celtic F.C..

In September 2011, Hayman hosted a documentary reconstructing the unsolved murders of Glasgow serial killer Bible John, who murdered three young woman in the late 1960s. The documentary was named In Search of Bible John, and looked at the evidence which links Peter Tobin to the killings.

  • Humanitarian work is very important to him, and as such he started his own charity, Spirit Aid.
  • Discovered young Scottish actor, James McAvoy, according to McAvoy in a recent interview broadcast on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hayman did a talk at McAvoy's school and after McAvoy thanked Hayman for sharing his insight into his long and interesting career, Hayman later asked McAvoy to audition for a role and, as McAvoy said, he "got the part.".
  • Studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
  • He returned to the stage for the first time in 15 years in Six and a Tanner at Oran Mor (2006).

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