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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 WITCH ELM BY TANA FRENCH AUDIOBOOK

Paul was proud and honoured to get to record the audiobook of Tana French’s new novel The Witch Elm, coming out Oct 9 from 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 and without cliche, you can order it from Penguin and Audible.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

In the summer of 2018, Paul got to play one of the great roles, and a part he had wanted to play for many years — Jack Worthing in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, directed by Alan Grant for Dark Horse Productions at the Sean O’Casey Theatre in Dublin.

THE LAST SUPPER

In the winter of 2017, 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
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  3. Pooh Corner Paul Nugent 2:38
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