David Hayman

Not to be confused with the other British actor, also producer David Heyman.
David Hayman
Born (1948-02-09) 9 February 1948
Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1972present

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.

Life and career

Hayman was born in Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. He began his acting career at the Citizens Theatre in the city, playing a variety of roles, including Hamlet, Figaro and Al Capone. He gained national prominence playing notorious Barlinnie Prison convict turned sculptor, Jimmy Boyle, in the film A Sense of Freedom. After this film he focused on playing character roles rather than the lead. His long list of film credits include appearances supporting Pierce Brosnan in The Tailor of Panama, Bruce Willis in The Jackal and Kevin Spacey in Ordinary Decent Criminal. He also appeared in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as well as John Boorman's Hope and Glory.

Hayman is well known for his role as Chief Supt. Michael Walker in Lynda La Plante's long-running crime thriller Trial & Retribution, which had 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 is a return to 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, starring Helen Mirren as a woman who begins to suspect that her husband is a serial killer. The Near Room is a dark and disturbing film about child abuse and corruption set in Glasgow.

In 2009 he 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 Anna Christie at the Donmar Theatre, London.[3] In 2012, he returned to the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow to play the title role in King Lear.[4]

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.

He is a supporter of Celtic F.C.

Hayman has 3 sons, David, Sammy and Sean.[5]




Selected theatre


  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 30 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. Bio of David Hayman on Bute Highland Games Website
  6. "Dartmoor Killing (2015)". IMDb Pro. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  7. "Macbeth (2015)". IMDb Pro. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  8. "BBC One – Shetland, Series 2, Dead Water – Part 1". BBC One. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.

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