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Leslie Dayman dies: Iconic Australian actor who starred in E Street and Prisoner passes away aged 85 following five-decade showbiz career

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By Monique Friedlander For Daily Mail Australia

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One of Australia’s longest-working actors has died. 

Leslie Dayman, who boasted a showbiz career that spanned five decades, passed away this month aged 85 from unknown causes.

He is survived by his wife Rose Dayman, who he married in 1961, and sons Nicholas Andrew and Timothy Paul, who he shares with ex-wife, actress Diane Chamberlain. 

Born in Victoria, the star began his acting career in theatre in 1955, before landing his first TV role as detective Bill Hudson in 1960s crime drama series Homicide.

Dayman became a soap star in the 1980s and 90s, nabbing roles in several popular series including Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and E Street. 

Australian actor Leslie Dayman (pictured), best known for starring in E Street and Prisoner, has passed away aged 85. 

In Sons and Daughters he portrayed ruthless businessman Roger Carlyle, while in Prisoner he was cast as inmate Geoff MacRae.

He also played Senior Sergeant George Sullivan in E Street from 1989 to 1993, appearing in all but one episode of the series.  

Dayman previously joked about being mistaken for another actors at the height of his E Street fame. 

Born in Victoria, the star began his acting career in theatre in 1955, before landing his first TV role as detective Bill Hudson in 1960s crime drama series Homicide 

‘One of the more hilarious consequences of public recognition was the fact I was often mistaken for Brian Wenzel, who was in the long running TV show ‘A Country Practice’ and vice versa,’ he told EdenStreet.net 

‘We’re about the same age, both playing police sergeants in small communities – we both came from Adelaide in South Australia, where we were in amateur theatre back in the early 60s,’ he mused. 

Other TV credits include A Country Practice, Water Rats, Stingers, All Saints and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. 

Dayman also had several movie appearances including in the iconic Australian drama Gallipoli, and also regularly performed in local theatre productions. 

His last credited appearance was in All Saints in 2008. 

Dayman became a soap star in the 1980s and 90s, nabbing roles in several popular series including Sons and Daughters, Prisoner and E Street. (Pictured L-R: Prisoner actors Peter Bensley, Leslie Dayman, Frank Burke)

Dayman previously joked about being mistaken for another actors at the height of his E Street fame. (Pictured L-R: E Street actors Leslie Dayman, Marianne Howard, Chelsea Brown and Vic Rooney) 

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