Daniel Mays Biography

Daniel Mays is an English actor known for his role in the film ‘Pearl Harbor’. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements, and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: March 31, 1978

Nationality: British

Famous: Actors British Men

Age: 42 Years, 42 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Born Country: England

Born in: Epping, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Louise Burton

children: Dixie, Dixie Mays, Mylo, Mylo Mays

City: Essex, England

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education: Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

awards: 2017 · Line of Duty - British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 · Mrs Biggs - National Television Award for Outstanding Drama Performance (Male)
2018 · Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama - Audie Award for Audio Drama

2014 · Trelawny of the Wells; Mojo - WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play
2008 · Shifty - British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Daniel Mays is an English actor who has appeared in several films and television shows. Born to a bank cashier mother and an electrician father, he grew up in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. Even though his parents did not have a background in the show business, Daniel developed an intense interest in acting as a small child. Influenced by the works of legendary actor Robert De Niro, he studied at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Following his graduation from RADA, Mays landed supporting roles in television shows. Soon, he teamed up with director Michael Bay for his film debut ‘Pearl Harbor’. In addition to his television and big screen outings, the talented actor has worked extensively in theatre as well. Besides his work in the British entertainment industry, he has also appeared in international projects. He is married to makeup artist Louise Burton. He loves sports and is a keen supporter of the football club Leyton Orient. He is an ardent follower of the British rock band Feeder.

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  • Daniel Mays’ first appearance on television was in the 1995 drama series 'Fist of Fun'. In 2000, he featured in two episodes of 'EastEnders'. His film debut came a year later when he was cast in the American epic romantic war drama 'Pearl Harbor’. In 2002, he featured in 'All or Nothing', a drama flick about the everyday lives of three working-class families. He then followed it with appearances in the made-for-television films 'Dead Casual' and 'Rehab.' The actor then starred in the sitcom ‘Top Buzzer’ in 2004. That year, he also played Sid, a tailor in ‘Vera Drake’, a drama movie about a working-class woman who performs illegal abortions. Although the movie didn’t earn much at the box office, it garnered three Academy Award nominations.
  • From 2005 to 2008, Daniel Mays featured in several TV films, such as 'Class of '76', 'Consent', 'Half Broken Things', and 'Consuming Passion', to name a few. During this time, he also did the movies ‘The Secret Life of Words’, ‘Atonement’, and ‘Shifty’. He followed these with a role in eight episodes of ‘Ashes to Ashes’ which premiered in 2010. That year, the actor starred as Eddie O'Grady in the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ alongside Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, and Bob Hoskins.
  • The year 2011 saw Mays in a supporting role in the animated action-adventure ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’. A year later, he featured in a three-part TV series ‘Public Enemies’. This was followed by his role in the sitcom ‘The Great Fire’. Then in 2016, the actor had a cameo in the epic space-opera film ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. His more recent projects include ‘Fisherman's Friends’, a biographical drama about Port Isaac's music group Fisherman's Friends, and the television shows ‘Porters’ and ‘Good Omens’.
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Family & Personal Life
  • Daniel Mays was born on 31 March 1978 in Epping, Essex, England, UK, to an electrician father and a bank cashier mother. He has three brothers. He attended the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He later graduated from the prestigious drama school, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in 2000.
  • Daniel Mays is married to makeup artist Louise Burton. They have a daughter named Dixie and a son named Mylo.

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