Australian acting legend passes away at 85

Written by Jeppe W

Oct.24 - 2023 9:59 AM CET

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Leslie Dayman, a renowned Australian actor whose illustrious career spanned over five decades, has sadly passed away at the age of 85. Dayman's impactful roles in popular television series such as E Street, Prisoner, and Sons and Daughters have left a lasting legacy in the Australian entertainment industry.

Born in Victoria, Dayman first stepped into the world of acting with a focus on theatre in 1955.

His undeniable talent soon landed him a role in the 1960s crime drama, Homicide, marking the beginning of a prolific career in television and film.

Dayman became a household name in the 1980s and 1990s with standout performances in E Street as Senior Sergeant George Sullivan, Sons and Daughters as businessman Roger Carlyle, and Prisoner as inmate Geoff McRae.

In addition to his work in television, Dayman showcased his versatility as an actor with appearances in acclaimed films including Gallipoli, Holy Smoke, Oscar & Lucinda, Molly, and The Silence.

His commitment to his craft and his ability to captivate audiences made him a beloved figure in Australian cinema and television.

Dayman's passing on October 20 has left a void in the entertainment industry, with colleagues, friends, and fans mourning the loss of a true icon.

Dayman’s former E Street co-star, Marianne Howard, confirmed the sad news with a tribute on social media, writing: “Rest in Peace beautiful Les Dayman. Couldn’t have wished for a better on-screen dad in my E Street days.

The actor is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rose, and his sons Nicholas and Timothy, whom he shared with ex-wife Diane Chamberlain. The family has yet to release details about the cause of death.

Leslie Dayman’s contribution to Australian entertainment will be remembered and celebrated for years to come, as he leaves behind a legacy of excellence, dedication, and unforgettable performances. Rest in peace, Leslie Dayman.

See Leslie Dayman talk about E Street in a vintage promo, here:

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