40s-50s, Neutral, RP, Palestinian/Israeli Arabic, Arabic
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Iranian-born Paul is a Tony and Olivier nominated British stage & screen actor. In 2021 he received an RTS Nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance for his leading role in BAFTA winning BBC comedy series ‘This Country’.  

In 2024 had a major role as bumbling Chief Constable Spedding in British comedy film 'Wicked Little Letters', starring alongside Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley.  He has recently been announced as one of the main cast for the second series of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy winning BBC drama 'The Night Manager' which is due out in 2025. 

He played 'Charles of Bourbon' in the 2022 Catherine de Medici drama series from Starz 'Serpent Queen'.  He also starred in the whodunnit thriller 'See How they Run', which was released in cinemas in 2022, alongside Adrien Brody, Saoirsie Ronan, Sam Rockwell and Ruth Wilson.    

Prior to that he starred as Uncle Hamid in the US TBS comedy series ‘Chad’ about a 14 year old Persian boy (Nasim Pedrad) dealing with his first year at high school. The series premiered on TBS in April 2021. Other notable TV credits include sci-fi drama series 'Soul Mates', BBC fantasy comedy series 'Good Omens' based on the book by Terry Pratchett and also starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant and the BBC's 2019 Christmas adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol' produced by Tom Hardy & Ridley Scott and also starring Guy Pearce and Stephen Graham. He also had a major role in series two of 'Britannia' (Sky Atlantic) set during the Roman invasion of Britain and written by Jez Butterworth. 

Film credits include Disney’s Christopher Robin, Death of Stalin and Notting Hill.

He has worked extensively on stage, including productions at the RSC, National, Donmar and the Globe. He also starred as Maria in the West End and on Broadway in the all male production of Twelfth Night opposite Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry, for which he received his Olivier and Tony nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2023 he returned to the West End stage in the National Theatre's modern re-imagining of 'Phaedra', from writer/director Simon Stone, playing Phaedra's husband, Hugo. Later that year he played Feste in the Globe Theatre's unique production 'Twelfth Night: One Night Only' and starred as Boris Johnson in Armando Iannucci's satirical comedy 'Pandemonium' at the Soho Theatre. 

Paul's native accent is Neutral/RP and he can also deliver a high standard English with Farsi/Iranian/Arab accent due to his bi-lingual upbringing and heritage.  Nowadays he can speak Farsi but with less fluency.

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Wicked Little Letters (Film, 2024) – 'Chief Constable Spedding', Film Four/Studio Canal
Pandemonium (Soho Theatre 2023) (Theatre, 2023) – 'Boris Johnson', Soho Theatre
Twelfth Night: One Night Only (Theatre, 2023) – 'Feste', Shakespeare's Globe
Phaedra (Theatre, 2023) – 'Hugo', National Theatre
See How They Run (Film, 2022) – 'Fellowes', Searchlight Pictures
Serpent Queen (TV, 2022) – 'Charles of Bourbon', Starz
Chad (TV, 2021) – 'Hamid', TBS
Soul Mates (TV, 2020) – 'Pastor Roberts', AMC
Good Omens (TV, 2019-) – 'Sandalphon', Amazon Studios/BBC
A Christmas Carol (TV Series 2019) (TV, 2019) – 'Spirit of Businessman Past', BBC One
Britannia (TV, 2019) – 'Domitius', Sky Atlantic/Amazon Prime Video, Series Two
Warren (TV, 2019) – 'Clairvoyant', BBC
Christopher Robin (Film, 2018) – 'Cecil Hungerford', Walt Disney Studios
This Country (TV, 2017-2020) – 'Reverend Francis Seaton', BBC Three
Maigret (TV, 2017) – 'Michonnet', ITV, Series Two
Limehouse (Donmar Theatre, 2017) (Theatre, 2017) – 'Bill Rodgers', Donmar Warehouse
Salomé (National Theatre, 2017) (Theatre, 2017) – 'Herod', National Theatre
Hot Property (Film, 2016) – 'Headmaster', Fortune Films
The Death of Stalin (Film, 2017) – 'Nicolai Bulganin', E1
And Then There Were None (TV, 2015) – 'Isaac Morris', BBC
Shakespeare in Love (West End, 2014) (Theatre, 2014) – 'Henslowe', Sonia Friedman/Disney
As You Like It (National Theatre, 2015) (Theatre, 2015) – 'Jacques', The National Theatre
The Voices (Film, 2014) – 'Dennis Kowalski', Lionsgate
Twelfth Night (Broadway, 2014) (Theatre, 2013-2014) – 'Maria', Belasco Theatre, Broadway
Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe & the Apollo Theatre, 2012-2013) (Theatre, 2012-2013) – 'Maria', Shakespeare's Globe & Apollo Theatre, West End
The Hour (TV, 2011-2012) – 'Ron', BBC Two

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Showreel Videos

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This Country: The Vicar's Best Bits
This Country: What Is a Dream?
Chad: as Uncle Hamid (Iranian accent)
Singing: This Country 80's Pastiche
Donmar Warehouse: The Vote

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