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Daniel Mays stars in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," opposite Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig, as Allan.

British actor Daniel Mays was born in Epping, Essex, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating in 2000, he has won widespread critical acclaim for roles in a diverse number of film, television and theater productions.

Mays first rose to prominence in 2001 when he was cast by the British director Mike Leigh in his film "All or Nothing." Film Review raved about his "incredible performance" and Hotdog added "it's clear that Leigh has again found a new generation of first rate British actors, most notably Daniel Mays." The same year, Mays also landed a role in Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor."

In 2003, continuing his working relationship with Mike Leigh, Mays starred alongside Imelda Staunton in the multi-award winning drama "Vera Drake." Mays memorably played Sid, who is forced to come to terms with his mother's life shattering secret. The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTA Awards and 6 British Independent Film Awards including Best British Independent Film.

Mays' career on stage has also earned him many plaudits. In 2004, he was cast in Vassily Sigarev's arresting play "Ladybird," directed by Ramin Gray, and Charles Spencer at the Daily Mail praised his "spellbindingly intense performance." Mays later returned to the Royal Court in 2006 to star in back-to-back plays: "The Winterling" by Jez Butterworth, and Simon Stephen's "Motortown." Reviews for both performances were universally positive: Matt Wolf at Theatre.com raved "Mays ... is something else again. One sits in awe of a young actor's seismic talent," and Rachel Halliburton at Time Out described Daniel as "a superb modern-day Woyzeck ... it establishes Mays as one of our most exciting young talents."

2005 saw Mays filming Ridley Scott's "A Good Year," opposite Russell Crowe and the powerfully religious Irish period drama "Middletown," directed by Brian Kirk. The same year, Mays played the lead character of Carter Kranz in the BAFTA-nominated BBC 3 series "Funland." In the summer of 2006, Mays filmed the role of Tommy Nettles in the multi-award winning "Atonement," adapted from Ian McEwan's novel of the same name. Directed by Joe Wright and starring alongside James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, Daniel's performance garnered critical praise, with The Independent on Sunday writing "Daniel Mays as Robbie's cockney companion on the road to Dunkirk has absolutely the right demeanour for the period.'' Mays went on to make "Hippie Hippie Shake," opposite Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller, about the counter-culturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s.

2008 was a busy year for Mays, as he made his latest appearance on stage in "Scarborough" at the Royal Court and had a starring role in the hit movie, "The Bank Job," directed by Roger Donaldson and co-starring Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows. Mays also starred in the ITV drama "Half Broken Things" and the BAFTA-winning Abi Morgan film "White Girl" for BBC 2. He was also cast in Nick Love's remake of "The Firm."

In early 2009, Daniel traveled to Los Angeles to make Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson's big screen version of "The Adventures of Tintin." Mays was also seen on Channel 4 in the hit sitcom "Plus One" and starred in Channel Four's landmark trilogy of films, "Red Riding."

Mays' next project was the British thriller "Shifty," released in April 2009. The film was nominated for five British Independent Film Awards ahead of its release, including one for Mays in the Best Supporting Actor category, and the film premiered to a rapturous reception at the London Film Festival. Mays garnered praise for his lead character Chris, who returns home to London to find his long-time friend (Riz Ahmed) in despair with his life spiraling out of control. "Mays, terrific in 'Red Riding,' is even better here," wrote Anthony Quinn of The Independent, while Total Film praised his portrayal as "terrific" and "particularly convincing," and The Guardian wrote his performance was "excellent."

On British television, Mays recently starred in the series "Outcasts" and "Ashes to Ashes."


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Age: 38 years old
Birthday: March 31, 1978
Height: 6' 2"
Full Name / Real Name: Daniel Alan Mays
Birthplace: Epping, Essex, England, UK

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