Paul was born in South Africa. After graduating from Pretoria in screenwriting he turned to acting. While at the University Of Cape Town Drama School he cut his teeth as an actor at South Africa’s first multi-racial theatre, The Space, where many of Athol Fugard’s plays were pioneered.

He left for the UK in 1976 following conscription into the Angolan border war — a time he’s drawn on for his award-winning play The Dead Wait. The Dead Wait was developed by Moonstone International and The Film Council for the screen.

Paul completed a post-graduate diploma at LAMDA and began working as an actor in the UK in 1978.

While much of his professional life is devoted to acting Paul returns frequently to writing and tries to maintain a balance between both disciplines, sometimes performing in his own work. His work as a writer began on BBC Radio. It encompasses theatre, television and film with several nominations and awards including the Nashville International best feature Award for Almost Heaven in which he played the role of Blagden.

Professional acting highlights include Shimon Peres in the award winning hit Oslo (NT & Pinter) playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Mermaid; Gerry Evans in the world premiere’ of Dancing At Lughnasa at the Abbey; Gratiano in The Merchant Of Venice at Chichester with Alec Guinness as Shylock (Paul recently played Shylock at the Arcola Theatre); Vorster in Anthony Sher’s I.D. at the Almeida; Papa Louw in his play, The Dead Wait, at the Royal Exchange.

The Dead Wait (stage) in which Paul played the psychotic platoon Commander Papa Louw at the Royal Exchange and on BBC Radio 4, was shortlisted for The Verity Bargate Award, and nominated for 3 Manchester Evening News Awards: best play, production and actor — in which category it won.

On film & TV favourite productions include The Honourable Woman, Black Earth Rising, Smiley’s People, Cry Freedom, The Life And Loves Of A She Devil and Smiley’s People.

Paul was recently nominated as best actor in the film Room 36 at the New York Horror Film Festival, a piece of news he was not entirely sure how to take…