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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 RETURN OF VICTOR MCGOWAN

Paul was delighted to return to the role of Victor McGowan, performing “The Long Wet Grass” with Anna Nugent, on a New York area tour in November, including special performances at the cell, Lehman College, Hudson Valley Writers Center and ArtHouse Jersey City.

SHOOTING THE LONG WET GRASS FILM

In October, Paul shot the short film based on Seamus Scanlon’s “The Long Wet Grass” where he plays Victor McGowan, 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, it is currently in post-production and is expected to be in festivals in 2017. You can watch the trailer here!

HAMLET IN PIECES

Paul is currently filming the upcoming docu-webseries, “Hamlet in Pieces,” playing Hamlet, and exploring the play in rehearsal and performance with a fantastic cast. More details coming soon!

30,000-1: FINALE

This summer, Paul shot the Season 1 finale of the political comedy webseries 30,000-1 where he plays wannabe politician Louis. You can see the unnervingly prescient episode featuring a terrific group of guest-stars here

WORK
The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project

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The Garden of Galilean Moons

The Garden of Galilean Moons

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Northern Blue

Northern Blue

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Venus Observed

Venus Observed

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Blood Guilty

Blood Guilty

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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
  4. Skippy Dies Paul Nugent 4:30

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My New Campaign: Let’s Save the Standing Ovation

My New Campaign: Let’s Save the Standing Ovation

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8 Maybe Not Quite So Famous but Really Inspiring and Helpful Books for an Actor

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The depth of Elvis: What any actor can learn from the King

The depth of Elvis: What any actor can learn from the King

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What Would Mick Do? Or How I’m Inspired by Michael Fassbender

What Would Mick Do? Or How I’m Inspired by Michael Fassbender

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The Unregarded Director of Beloved Classics: Rob Reiner

The Unregarded Director of Beloved Classics: Rob Reiner

I just realized the other day who one of my absolute favourite directors is. I hadn’t really put two and two together because there’s no hoopla around this guy, but then I looked at his body of work, and realized he had made a number of movies I just adore, that have been huge landmark…

The Day Cantona Arrived

The Day Cantona Arrived

  I happened to notice in passing an article the other day, which recalled that it has been 25 years since Eric Cantona played (briefly) for Sheffield Wednesday. The article included two great photos: one of a crumpled newspaper cutting from a Yorkshire local newspaper discussing how Wednesday had just signed this troubled but talented…

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