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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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THE RETURN OF VICTOR MCGOWAN

Paul will be returning 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 Lehman College, Hudson Valley Writing Center and ArtHouse Jersey City.

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SHOOTING THE LONG WET GRASS FILM

Paul is excited to be shooting the short film based on Seamus Scanlon’s “The Long Wet Grass” where he will play Victor McGowan, this October in location in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Produced by Nancy Manocherian’s the cell, it will co-star Anna Nugent and will be directed by Justin Davey and shot by Lakshika Serasinhe.

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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!

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30,000-1: FINALE

This summer, Paul shot the Season 1 finale of the political comedy webseries 30,000-1 where Paul plays wannabe politician Louis. Currently completing post-production, the finale featuring a terrific group of guest-stars is set to be released shortly… check out this teaser photo from the episode and watch this space!

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
  4. Skippy Dies Paul Nugent 4:30

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The Colossus as Role Model: Why I Love Laurence Olivier

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The Wonder of Theatre: From Early Experiences to Today

The Wonder of Theatre: From Early Experiences to Today

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Princes of Old Trafford: Manchester United and Non-Galacticos

Right now, it’s a tough time to be a Manchester United fan. While I quite like Louis Van Gaal the man, there’s no denying that he has set up the team as primarily control-based and defensive, as against the tradition of United being bold and attacking; that he can’t seem to get them consistently winning;…

The Cinema of Camaraderie – Howard Hawks and Good Gangs

The Cinema of Camaraderie – Howard Hawks and Good Gangs

I recently started watching The West Wing for the first time. It was one of those nights when we didn’t have a show to watch, and flipping through Netflix, we thought, why not just watch one episode of this. Now 20 episodes later, I’m rather hooked, and delighted there are another half-dozen seasons to watch.…

Nine Old Movies I Love to Rewatch at Christmastime

Nine Old Movies I Love to Rewatch at Christmastime

People who know me well know the rather embarrassing fact that ever since I became a budding cinema buff in my teens, I have had one very important Christmas tradition. I sit down somewhere very comfortable, not to be disturbed, with a hearty cup of tea and some tasty biscuits (let’s say a mint Viscount),…

10 Theatre Companies That Inspire Me

10 Theatre Companies That Inspire Me

Today’s blog is a very fun one for me, because I will be talking about ten theatre companies around the world that have really inspired me. While I deeply admire the giants like the National in England and the Abbey in Ireland, and of course get a kick out of a fun spectacular on Broadway,…

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