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My Story

You need experience

an actor who brings undiscovered gems of a story to light.

You need leadership

an actor who inspires others with his presence and service.

You need reliability

an actor who will deliver every time with a warm, solid handshake.

You want fun

an actor who brings both rigour and laughter into the rehearsal room.

I’m Paul, and I’m
an old-fashioned actor for the modern play.

Telling a story clearly and creatively is my highest priority at work, whether I’m the Cary Grant or the Errol Flynn. I see fun in the classics, and am not afraid to admit to you that I cried last night during a production of The Winter’s Tale (true story).

When it comes to acting, I’m more Laurence Olivier than Dustin Hoffman, and make notes on my script in pencil as a reminder of the flexibility needed for collaboration (also for the crossword on the train). I believe work ethic is contagious, and I lead others to excellence by showing up on time with an open mind and positive attitude.

I’ve been working in theatre, TV, film and voiceover in New York City, Ireland, and the United Kingdom for over 15 years. I’m also a writer and producer, and co-run a theatre company in Dublin called AboutFACE, whose mission is approachable theatre, narrative-driven texts, and solid storytelling.

Because of my experience creating work, the audience always comes first, and I know the risk and trust involved in hiring an actor to fully realize your story. Simply put, I’m addicted to the intimacy of shared experience, and sharing stories with an audience has never ceased to thrill me since I started in my final year of secondary school.

As someone who shares my addiction, I meet you here with respect for your knowledge and love of story (and a whiskey by the hearth to geek out about dramatic structure). I’m excited to share what I have to offer in service to the story you want to tell.

ACTOR

I am often cast as gentlemen who are classy, whip smart, determined, maybe a little lost, with an oddball sense of humor or a dash of boyish innocence. Favourite roles include: Victor McGowan, a witty troubled assassin, in The McGowan Trilogy, Nathan Leopold, the honours student caught up in murder, in Never the Sinner, Hamlet in the docu-series Hamlet in Pieces, Louis the wannabe politician in the webseries 30,000 to One, and being part of an amazing ensemble in The Laramie Project.

WRITER

My play Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play was produced in Dublin in 2012 and 2013. Based on true events, this comedic, playful and moving play-within-a-play for 7 actors (4M, 3F) about the healing impact of the Christmas spirit (with a few shenanigans along the way) includes a version of A Christmas Carol performed in the 1930?s American radio style with live sound effects.

VOICEOVER ARTIST

My narration work includes audiobooks for Audible.com such as acclaimed literary fiction by Irish authors including Songdogs by Colum McCann, The Canal Bridge by Tom Phelan andSkippy Dies by Paul Murray. For commercial voice-over, I provide a warm, bright, youthful, playful, civilized Irish voice, and a strong storytelling arc in any piece of copy. In addition, I love talking animals, and I hate seeing them given the wrong voices!

More than anything, I believe:
time spent with stories is time well spent.

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NEWS

COMING SOON

THE GODS OF THE OZARKS

In the summer of 2019, Paul was delighted to originate the role of Jonah Hahn, a doctor out of his depth in an 1800’s frontier American town, in the world premiere of “The Gods of the Ozarks” at the Civic Theatre in Dublin. You can read a review of the show here.

THE WITCH ELM BY TANA FRENCH AUDIOBOOK

Paul was proud and honoured to record the audiobook of Tana French’s new novel The Witch Elm, for Penguin Random House. A bold enveloping mystery story of the impact of crime on a lucky Southside Dublin lad, told in gorgeous visceral language, capturing modern Dublin brilliantly, you can order it from Penguin and Audible where it has received over 3000 5-star reviews for its Performance!

THE LAST SUPPER

Paul was delighted to play the lead role of Sal, club-manager to the mob, in the World Premiere of Jason Branagan’s innovative multi-media play “The Last Supper,” produced by Kamal Ibrahim and RealScreen Films at the new Whale Theatre in Greystones. You can view Paul discussing the project on the promo video here!

THE LONG WET GRASS FILM AT FESTIVALS WORLDWIDE!

Paul stars as Victor McGowan in the short film of “The Long Wet Grass,” based on Seamus Scanlon’s short story and play. Shot on location in Co. Mayo, Ireland, produced by Nancy Manocherian’s the cell, co-starring Anna Nugent, directed by Justin Davey and shot by Lakshika Serasinhe, with an original score by Oscar-winner Marketa Irglova, it is currently playing at festivals worldwide, from New York and San Francisco to Berlin and Istanbul. You can watch the trailer here!

WORK
Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol

Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol

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Ladies & Gents

Ladies & Gents

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The Biscuit Club

The Biscuit Club

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McGoldrick’s Thread

McGoldrick’s Thread

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The Field

The Field

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30,000 to One

30,000 to One

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The Blacklist

The Blacklist

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The McGowan Trilogy

The McGowan Trilogy

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Blood/Dancing at Lunacy

Blood/Dancing at Lunacy

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21
Plays
9
Films
3
Audiobooks
39200
Cups of Tea

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  1. About A Boy Excerpt Paul Nugent 4:03
  2. A Song Excerpt Paul Nugent 4:16
  3. Pooh Corner Paul Nugent 2:38
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Thoughts on Craft

A Stunning Summer by the Sea (or how theatre makes life better)

A Stunning Summer by the Sea (or how theatre makes life better)

One of my favourite theatre experiences was getting to return to the role of Victor McGowan in The McGowan Trilogy when the show transferred from New York to England in 2015. Why was it so special? Well, there’s many reasons: Discovering a new mentor. I was hugely lucky in that while in Sussex, I was…

The Brilliance of “Bodyguard” – How Jed Mercurio Creates Satisfying Suspense Through Symmetrical Story Structure

The Brilliance of “Bodyguard” – How Jed Mercurio Creates Satisfying Suspense Through Symmetrical Story Structure

I recently watched Jed Mercurio’s TV drama Bodyguard – I had been excited to see it, having gotten utterly wrapped up in his masterly Line of Duty and having heard how he had the British public on the edge of their seats for six weeks waiting to see what would happen next. But that didn’t…

The Memory of Making a Movie

The Memory of Making a Movie

Movies are exciting. There’s that childlike frisson of excitement when you are walking up the stairs of the cinema, towards a new adventure on the big screen, balancing a bag of jellies, a bucket of popcorn and the ticket you’re double-checking to see what room it’s in. And then there’s that different excitement an actor…

15 Fabulous Firsts When You’re An Actor in a Play

15 Fabulous Firsts When You’re An Actor in a Play

When you’re an actor in a play, there’s a bunch of first times during the course of the production, juicy first moments, that happen each time you do a show, that are fabulous milestones and a special part of the joy of performing. Each feels lovely but a little different – each one makes you…

Author, Auster: My Love for the Novelist Paul Auster – by Paul A.

Author, Auster: My Love for the Novelist Paul Auster – by Paul A.

I’m currently on page 676 of Paul Auster’s latest novel, the 866-page opus 4 3 2 1. And I have to say – each page is bliss. I find myself smiling a lot, occasionally chuckling gleefully, and even a couple of times on the edge of tears. I come back to the book each night…

The Admirable Actor-Producer: 10 Actors Who Have Run Theatres

The Admirable Actor-Producer: 10 Actors Who Have Run Theatres

I am an actor who also runs a theatre company, and dreams of running a theatre. Now that really should be the most natural thing in the world – in theatre, actors give life to the stories, we engage with the shows every night, how they work, how audiences respond, what works in a venue,…

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