Extract from the Evening Standard:
Paul trained at the Drama Centre between 1991 and 1994 – “Drama Centre taught me how to read!”
He made his stage debut in Stephen Daldry’s acclaimed production of An Inspector Calls. Early stage successes also saw him spending a year with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He followed that with a number of stage, television and film appearances before his career really took off with Gangster No 1, followed soon after by his first big Hollywood movie the rocked-up medieval romp A Knight’s Tale. He went on to world recognition with his performance in A Beautiful Mind and a central role in Dogville - a three hour marathon co-starring Nicole Kidman and directed by the Danish film maker Lars von Trier.
He gained wide acclaim for his key role in the film Master and Commander, opposite Russell Crowe, winning a BAFTA nomination for Best Film Actor, an Evening Standard Best British Actor Award and a Film Critics Circle Best Actor Award. Most recently he starred in The Reckoning and Wimbledon.