Born in Glasgow, Hayman studied dramatic art at the city’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), graduating in 1969. He embarked on his acting career at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre. Success came following his portrayal of the notorious convict, Jimmy Boyle in ‘A Sense of Freedom’ (1979). Since then his career has gone from strength to strength with Hayman predominantly focusing on character roles. He is particularly noted for his role in the TV series ‘Trial & Retribution’ (1997-2009). He has appeared in many films including ‘Rob Roy’ (1995) and ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ (2008). In 1992 Hayman was awarded Glasgow’s Gold Medal for outstanding services to the performing arts.