Paul Rhys Movies and Career Information

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Dec 19, 1963

Paul Rhys (born 19 December 1963) is a Welsh television, film and theatre actor. Rhys was born in Neath and studied at RADA. While there, he obtained his first major screen role, in Absolute Beginners (1986). The following year he appeared in the BBC serialisation of My Family and Other Animals. Since then he has seldom been off UK television screens and his first US exposure was when legendary American film director Robert Altman cast Rhys as Theo in Vincent and Theo. In 1995, he portrayed Simon Templar (aka "The Saint") for a series of radio plays. In 1998 he was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for his performance in King Lear. He played "Hamlet" at The Young Vic in London in 2000 for which he received several awards. He has won several other film, television and stage awards. He had a seven-year relationship with the late Australian actress Arkie Whiteley, with whom he appeared in Gallowglass. Real life roles played by Rhys have included Ludwig van Beethoven and Peter Mandelson. Paul has filmed the highly successful series Being Human in which he played vampire, Ivan . He went on to film Luther with Idris Elba and Eliminate Archie Cookson' a British Independent

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