Who is Jaye Davidson?
Jaye Davidson is a former actor, who is perhaps best known for portraying the role of a transgender woman named Dil in the 1992 Oscar-winning romantic crime drama movie “The Crying Game”, for which he was honored with a nomination for a prestigious Academy Award (Oscar). Additionally, he is recognized for appearing in the 1994 Sci-Fi movie “Stargate”.
Early Life and Bio
Alfred Amey was born under the zodiac sign of Aries on the 21st March 1968, in Riverside, California, USA. He is of some Ghanaian ancestry through his father as well as of English descent through his mother’s side. When he was two, his family moved to England, where he spent the rest of his childhood, growing up in the town of Borehamwood alongside his two sisters.
At the age of 16 he dropped out of high school, and did a variety of odd jobs, including being a factory worker and production company’s errand boy, before eventually becoming a fashion assistant.
Jaye dived into the world of moviemaking by a lucky accident – while attending a ‘wrap party’ for Derek Jarman’s critically acclaimed historical drama romance movie “Edward II” in 1991, Jaye was spotted by a casting assistant. who invited him to his first acting audition.
At that time he was engaged as a fashion assistant of two renowned British designers, Elizabeth and David Emanuel, and at first declined the opportunity. However, dissatisfied with his employers’ business and in pursuit of more money, he decided to give it a go. Without any acting experience as well as with no educational background regarding acting, Jaye auditioned for Neil Jordan’s 1992 thriller movie “The Crying Game”.
Due to his ‘exotic and androgynous look’ as well as his ‘unstudied poise’, Jaye Davidson was cast for the role of Dil.
With a surprising plot twist revealing that Jaye’s character is actually transgender, the movie caused shocking yet positive reactions among the audience as well as the critics. Becoming an unexpected hit, it earned nominations for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe, and six nominations for Academy Awards including in the category for the Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
For his great performance, Jaye earned nominations for an Oscar and a BAFTA Award in the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Additionally, his portrayal of Dil was included at No. 92 on the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time list published by Premiere Magazine, while in 2003 E! ranked it as No. 94 on the 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment.
Reluctant to accept his newly found fame, when he was offered the role of an alien god in Roland Emmerich’s 1994 Sci-Fi blockbuster movie “Stargate“, he asked for a $1 million fee, considering it as an unacceptable offer. However, his request was met, and he was cast for the role of Ra. Later that year, Davidson appeared in the TV musical drama movie “Jiggery Pokery”, while in 1995 he was featured in the documentary film entitled “Catwalk”.
After a 15-year-long hiatus, in 2009 Jaye made his most recent on-screen acting appearance in the short comedy movie “The Borghilde Project”.
Retired from acting, he enjoys living a secretive life, far from the media’s attention, publicity and fame. Jaye is gay, and since July 2017 has been married to his partner Thomas Clarke.
The 52-year-old former movie star is standing 5ft 3ins (1.60 m) tall, weighing around 132lbs (60 kgs). He sports a masculine figure covered with several tattoos on both arms, shoulders, neck and the chest area.
Speaking of Jaye Davidson‘s net worth, as of mid-2020, it is estimated that it revolves around the sum of $1.5 million, the major part of it acquired through his acting career, that was primarily active throughout the 1990s.