Name: David Haydn
DOB: 3rd of April
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland
Whilst growing up in Falkirk David was far more interested in sports, playing mostly football, rugby and golf than in any sort of performing or acting. At 16 however with the chance to miss a week of school and spend it with the 95% female cast in the school show David signed up and played ‘Cookie’ in Return to the Forbidden Planet. He then went on to join Falkirk Youth Theatre, the Apollo Players in Glasgow and Stageworx in Stirling all of which developed his performance skills to a level where we was accepted to drama school.
At age 22 David started at the GSA, specialising in Musical Theatre. His time spent at GSA is remembered with the utmost fondness and gratitude. Not only did it provide him with the foundations on which to build his career but he also met some truly amazing people that he now calls friends. At the end of 3 wonderful years he graduated with a 1st class Honours degree in theatre and was awarded the Tim Combe Bursary for professionalism and conduct.
Immediately upon leaving GSA David was cast in the European Premiere of Martin Cassella’s multi award winning play The Irish Curse. He still ranks this production as one of his favourites and such was his love for the piece David reprised his role a year later.
His career advanced with UK tours of Joseph and Fame, the English Première of Jamie the Saxt and his first repertory season in Santa Rosa, California including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. One of the few things better than a night on stage - is a day in the sun, then a night on stage. So after California came Dubai for Stones in his Pockets and later; When Harry Met Sally.
David has had the pleasure and privilege to be involved in other wonderful projects that include Parade at the Southwark Playhouse, the UK tour of I Dreamed a Dream (or as it's more commonly known 'The Susan Boyle Musical') and his first three feature films, The Trap, Requiem and The Crown and the Dragon; all very different but equally enjoyable and rewarding.
More recently David has appeared in Patrick Hamilton's Gaslight in Toronto, musical The Burnt Part Boys at the Park Theatre, a couple of workshops Americana and Dialektikon and TV work on The Apprentice and a new US TV show Age of the Living Dead in which he plays the British Prime Minister.
To bring things right up to date the last couple of years have been very special. A dream came true when David played Archie Craven in The Secret Garden for the Barn Theatre in their inaugural production. His West End debut followed in Kinky Boots and was quickly followed up with a return to Toronto and then back into the West End with Girl From the North Country.
David lives in London but has worked all over the UK, in Europe, Asia and the USA but it is never long though before he takes the next of his frequent trips back to his beloved Scotland.