(March 21, 1968 - living) U.K.
Born in Riverside, California in 1968 (the son of a Ghanaian father and English mother), Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey) left for England at 2 and 1/2 years old. He was raised in the white middle-class surroundings of Hertfordshire.
Jaye began his short-lived acting career when, at the age of 25, he was plucked from London's gay club scene for The Crying Game. He was working as a fashion designer at the time and took the role for the money. Though untrained in acting, Davidson was riveting and fascinating as Dil, a mysterious London singer and hairdresser who confounded many a spectator's expectations.
Jaye never took an agent and shunned the entertainment world, claiming he never wanted to be an actor in the first place. After considering numerous film roles, he finally decided his follow-up movie would be Roland Emmerich's 1994 sci-fi blockbuster Stargate. Costarring Kurt Russell and James Spader, the alien movie was set thousands of years ago, inside the Great Pyramids of Egypt. While the film certainly broadened Jaye's audience, it obviously was enough to send him away from the film business for good.
Publicly gay from the start, Jaye claims he simply doesn't like to work. Later in his career, however, he did say the work was beginning to grow on him. If he could take the work without the fame, he told The Face magazine, that would be brilliant.
About the way homosexuals are perceived in the media, Jaye said: "Some people are so precious - all this hoo-ha about bad role models and positive images! Of course gay people are murderers, bigamists, drug addicts and nasty people - just as much as heterosexual people are all of these things. What it all boils down to is, we are all people, and we all have the same human desires. It just happens that some desires go this way and some desires go that way. It's sad when people are oppressed. But it's a question of rising above it. Personally, mentally and, if you have to, physically."
His work include:
- The Crying Game (1992)
- Jiggery Pokery (TV, 1994)
- Stargate (1994)