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Paul’s most recent appearances as an actor were as Daniel Borgoraz in the award-winning The Honourable Woman and Zava in Black Earth Rising, both for for BBC / NetflixHe played Shimon Peres in the stage hit, Oslo which transferred from the National to the Pinter Theatre.

His screenplay for Ecosse Films, Anna’s Story, recently won a place on the prestigious Brit List in 2018.

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 WaitThe Dead Wait was developed by Moonstone International and The Film Council for the screen. It is currently under option to FilmAfrika.

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.

Theatre acting highlights include Shimon Peres in the award winning hit Oslo (NT & Pinter), 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 Waitat the Royal Exchange and Park Theatres.

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, Cry Freedom, The Life And Loves Of A She Deviland 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…