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Chris Haywood Biography

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood is an English Australian-based film and television actor/producer born on 24th July 1948. He is known for Shine (1996), Jindabyne (2006) and Quigley Down Under (1990).

Chris Haywood was born in Billericay, Essex, England. He spent his early childhood in Chelmsford before moving to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire where he attended High Wycombe Royal Grammar School from 1959 to 1965. He then started working in the cellars of a local wine shipper before gaining a place at E15 Acting School.

After graduating in 1970 he emigrated to Australia and soon after, Chris Haywood was involved with Sydney’s Nimrod Theatre Company and according to an interview with ABC reporter Jane Cowan, actually helped build the premises with scrap timber. He was the Artistic Director of the Pro’s and Con’s Playhouse at Parramatta Jail for two years. He established the drama service on Kiribati National Radio.

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood

Chris Haywood is the Patron of the Friends of Waverley Library where he inaugurated the Waverley Library Literary Award, an annual award of $20,000 given for the quality of research for a published work of literary merit written by an Australian writer and published in the previous 12 months.

Chris Haywood’s performances have been honoured with three Awards from the Australian Film Institute for his roles in the feature films A Street to Die and Emerald City and for television in Stingers as well as the Film Critics Circle Award for Kiss or Kill and the Asian Film Festival Award for In Search of Anna. He garnered three Logie Awards for his work on television-for Essington, Good Thing Going and Janus. Most recently he won the Best Actor award at the Tampa Bay Film Festival in Florida.