David Hayman

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David Hayman
Born (1948-02-09) 9 February 1948 (age 73)
EducationRoyal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
OccupationActor, director

David Hayman (born 9 February 1948) is a Scottish film, television and stage actor and director, known for his role as DCS Mike Walker in ITV drama Trial & Retribution, as Jonas Franks in BBC period drama The Paradise and as Brace in the drama Taboo.

Life and career[edit]

Hayman was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. After studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, he began his acting career at the Citizens Theatre in the city. At the venue, Hayman played roles such as Hamlet, the lead in Beaumarchais' The Marriage of Figaro and Al Capone. He gained national prominence playing the role of the notorious Barlinnie Prison convict turned sculptor, Jimmy Boyle, in the television film A Sense of Freedom (1981).

After this film for television, Hayman focused on performing character roles rather than the lead. His long list of film credits include appearances supporting Gary Oldman in Sid and Nancy (1986), Bruce Willis in The Jackal (1997), Kevin Spacey in Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000) and Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama (2001). He also appeared in Hope and Glory (1987), directed by John Boorman, as well as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008).

Hayman is known for his role as Chief Supt. Michael Walker in Lynda La Plante's long-running crime thriller Trial & Retribution, which ran for twelve series from 1997 to 2009. 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 series.

Hayman has also had success in directing film and TV productions. Silent Scream (1990) is 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.[1] Later followed The Hawk (1993), starring Helen Mirren as a woman who begins to suspect that her husband is a serial killer. He was also in The Near Room, a film about child abuse and corruption set in Glasgow.

In 2009, Hayman appeared in an episode of the BBC series Robin Hood. 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.

In 2012, Hayman played the Earl of Worcester in the BBC2 adaptation of Henry IV, Part I.[2]

On stage, Hayman appeared as Chris in the 2011 production of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie at the Donmar Theatre, London.[3] In 2012, he returned to the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow to play the lead in King Lear alongside George Costigan.[4]

In March 2014, Hayman presented a BBC Two documentary exploring how shipbuilding industry along the river Clyde and four resulting ships; Cutty Sark, CS Mackay-Bennett, CSS Robert E. Lee and HMS Hood helped shaped up the Commonwealth.[5]

In July 2016, Hayman presented a BBC Two documentary highlighting Scapa Flow's key role in World War I.[6]

In November 2018, Hayman presented a BBC One documentary telling the story of Captain Jack McCleery and his role, alongside his colleagues, in pioneering Royal Navy’s naval aviation with their trial flight on HMS Furious and the subsequent Tondern raid.[7]

Charity work and awards[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

David Hayman has three sons: David Jr., Sammy, and Sean.[8]





  • Clydebuilt: The Ships That Made The Commonwealth (documentary series) (2014) TV
  • Scotland's War at Sea (documentary series) (2016) TV
  • The Battle for Scotland's Countryside (documentary) (2018) TV
  • Hayman's Way (documentary series) (2020) TV
  • Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman (documentary series) (2021) TV[12]

Selected theatre[edit]


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1990 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Cast confirmed for BBC Two's cycle of Shakespeare films" (Press release). BBC Drama Publicity. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 26 November 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  3. ^ Spencer, Charles (10 August 2011). "Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Preview of 2012 – King Lear". The List. 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Clydebuilt: The Ships that Made the Commonwealth". BBC Two. 20 August 2019.
  6. ^ "War at Sea Scotland's story ;The dreadnoughts of Scapa Flow". BBC Two. 12 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Captain Jack and the Furious Few". BBC One. 20 August 2019.
  8. ^ Biodata, ButeHighlandGames.org; accessed 30 August 2017.
  9. ^ "BBC One – Shetland, Series 2, Dead Water – Part 1". BBC One. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Macbeth (2015)". IMDb Pro. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Dartmoor Killing (2015)". IMDb Pro. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Wonders of Scotland with David Hayman". itv.com. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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