Jaye Davidson

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Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21, 1968) is an American-British former actor and model. He is best known for his roles as transgender woman "Dil" in the 1992 suspense-drama thriller film The Crying Game, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, making him the first Black British actor to be nominated for an Oscar, and in 1994's Stargate as Ra. Davidson was born in Riverside, California, outside of Los Angeles, to a Ghanaian father and English mother. His family moved to the United Kingdom when he was two years old, where Davidson grew up in Hertfordshire, England. Davidson, who had no acting experience, was discovered by a casting associate at a wrap party for Derek Jarman's Edward II. His androgynous look led to his casting as Dil in The Crying Game. After filming wrapped, he returned to his fashion career until landing the role of the evil sun god Ra in Stargate opposite Kurt Russell and James Spader. Voted best newcomer by the National Board of Review, 1993; Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1993.
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