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2 February 1979
David Paisley (born 2 February 1979) is a Scottish actor, especially well known for roles as midwife Ben Saunders in Holby City, Ryan Taylor in Tinsel Town and most recently Rory Murdoch in River City. Some of his characters have been controversial due to their sexual orientation.
Paisley grew up in Glen Village near Falkirk. At 15 he went to a gay youth group where he eventually met his first boyfriend. At 17, he went to Glasgow University to study physics, during which time he appeared in a community workshop (part of 7:84 theatre company in Glasgow) and then later he went to Caledonian University to study Optometry. At 18, Paisley finally came out to his family who were supportive and helped in his efforts campaigning against the Keep the Clause campaign.
Paisley began acting as a teenager when he heard about an open audition for television drama Tinsel Town, a 1999-2000 television drama (co-produced by BBC Scotland and Raindog/Deep Indigo Productions). He went on to play one of the main characters, Ryan Taylor, the 17-year-old boyfriend of a police officer.
Later he appeared in a few stage productions. Then in 2002, he landed the part of gay midwife Ben Saunders in BBC1's popular medical soap Holby City. Ben's kiss with his on-screen boyfriend attracted 114 complaints from viewers.
Paisley starred as 'Madam' Gary in the play The Backroom by Adrian Pagan at The Cock Tavern Theatre in Kilburn, London in March–May 2009, where he provided a 'particularly credible' performance as his 'nervy and paranoid' character.
In May 2009, he also starred as Michael in the successful stage production of Muhmah at the HighTide Festival. In 2009–10, Paisley took to the stage again in the UK Tour of Over The Rainbow: The Eva Cassidy Story, in which he played the part of Dan Cassidy.
|2000||Tinseltown||Ryan Taylor||TV series (2 seasons)|
|2002||As If||Glen||TV series (1 episodes)|
|2002–03||Holby City||Ben Saunders||TV series (2 seasons)|
|2003||Casualty||Ben Saunders||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2006–07||River City||Rory Murdoch||TV series (2 seasons)|
|2007||The Whistleblowers||Paul McCallister||TV series (1 episodes)|
|2016||EastEnders||Tom Edwards||TV series (1 episode)|
|2018||Rise of the Clans||Robert the Bruce||TV series (1 episode "The Bruce Supremacy")|
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