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Birth Place: Riverside, California, USA Profession: actor, production assistant, model, sales clerk, hairdresser

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Poised, photogenic performer with strikingly delicate features, of British-African ancestry. Davidson was born in California but raised in the white middle-class surroundings of Hertfordshire, England. After being discovered at a London wrap party for Derek Jarman's "Edward II", this androgynous, light-complexioned beauty made a big splash with a screen debut in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game" (1992). Though untrained in acting, Davidson was riveting and fascinating as Dil, a mysterious London singer and hairdresser who confounded many a spectator's expectations. His remarkable achievement was acknowledged with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Davidson next landed a starring role in the science fiction epic, "Stargate" (1994) playing the sun god Ra, a villainous force who rules a parallel universe that echoes the Egypt of Hollywood biblical movies. Though Janet Maslin of THE NEW YORK TIMES noted that the part didn't involve much acting, she added that Davidson "makes the perfect Ra mannequin".

Poised, photogenic performer with strikingly delicate features, of British-African ancestry. Davidson was born in California but raised in the white middle-class surroundings of Hertfordshire, England. After being discovered at a London wrap party for Derek Jarman's "Edward II", this androgynous, light-complexioned beauty made a big splash with a screen debut in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game" (1992). Though untrained in acting, Davidson was riveting and fascinating as Dil, a mysterious London singer and hairdresser who confounded many a spectator's expectations. His remarkable achievement was acknowledged with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Davidson next landed a starring role in the science fiction epic, "Stargate" (1994) playing the sun god Ra, a villainous force who rules a parallel universe that echoes the Egypt of Hollywood biblical movies. Though Janet Maslin of THE NEW YORK TIMES noted that the part didn't involve much acting, she added that Davidson "makes the perfect Ra mannequin".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Catwalk (1995) Himself
2.
 Stargate (1994) Ra
3.
 Crying Game, The (1992) Dil
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Born in California
1968:
Moved to England (date approximate)
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Raised in Hertfordshire, England
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Studied ballet as a child but gave it up because it seemed too demanding in the 1970s
1992:
Acting debut in Neil Jordan's "The Crying Game"
1994:
Demanded and received $1 million to appear in Roland Emmerich's "Stargate"
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Notes

"The one truly dramatic question raised by 'Stargate' is, why did Jaye Davidson choose to follow up his heartbreaking and lyrically sexy performance in 'The Crying Game' by appearing in this glittery trash pile? Vamping the audience with his come-hither stare, spouting 'hieroglyph' gibberish in an electromagnetic drone, he gives you the feeling that Darth Vader has been reincarnated as Ali MacGraw." --Owen Gleiberman writing in Entertainment Weekly, November 11, 1994.

"... I was completely broke and my phone service had been cut off. The "Stargate" people sent a courier around and said 'If you're interested in the film, phone this man'. So I went up to the phone box. It was like one or two in the morning, and I thought, No, I don't think I really want to do it. So I said, 'All right, I'll do it for a million dollars.' I thought, I have no chance of geting a million dollars. They said I had to phone back in an hour. And then when I called back, they said, 'Yeah, we'll give you a million dollars.'" --Jaye Davidson in Interview, November 1994.

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