Paul McGann was born on 14 November 1959 in Liverpool,
England, UK. He began his television career in the series 'Give
Me A Break' (opposite Robert
Lindsay), but he came fully to the public's attention
as the "I" in the classic cult film 'Withnail and I',
opposite Richard E. Grant.
Although accruing many credits
after this, the role that truly launched his career was as George
Lazenby "The Doctor" (also known as the Eighth Doctor)
in the 1996 TV movie revival of the cult BBC series, 'Doctor
However, this single performance
as The Doctor, would also be a burden, as audiences so strongly
associated him with the role that it looked like it might also
end his career. While the public reaction was a testament to
his acting ability and suitability for the part, he was concerned
about possible typecasting. He is reported to have said of that
time: "I don't want to be remembered as the George Lazenby
of Doctor Who."
But he needn't have worried.
Coming from such a strong acting family (with actor brothers
Mark McGann, Stephen McGann and Joe McGann), and with a brilliant
talent of his own, he was soon offered other roles and his career
went from strength to strength.
He has since played roles in
various films and television series, including 'Fairytale : A
True Story', 'Our Mutual Friend', 'The Biographer', 'Sweet Revenge',
'Blood Strangers' and 'Queen of the Damned' (which also featured
His currently best known role
is that of "Lieutenant Bush", opposite Ioan
Gruffudd and Robert
Lindsay in the hugely popular 'Hornblower' series of
- Queen of the Damned (2002) ....
- My Kingdom (2001) .... Dean
- The Dance of Shiva (1998) ....
- Downtime (1997) .... Rob
- FairyTale: A True Story (1997)
.... Arthur Wright
- The Three Musketeers (1993)
- Alien³ (1992) .... Golic
- Afraid of the Dark (1991) ....
- Fraile, El (1990) .... Father
- Paper Mask (1990) .... Matthew
- Rehovot Ha'Etmol (1989)
- Dealers (1989) .... Daniel Pascoe
- The Rainbow (1989) .... Anton
- Tree of Hands (1989) .... Barry
- Withnail and I (1987) .... 'I'
- Empire of the Sun (1987) ....
- Hornblower: Duty (2003) ....
- Hornblower: Loyalty (2003) ....
- Blood Strangers (2002) (mini)
.... DC David Ingram
- The Biographer (2002) .... Andrew
- Sweet Revenge (2001) .... Professer
- Hornblower: Retribution (2001)
.... 2nd Lt. Bush
- Hornblower: Mutiny (2001) ....
2nd Lt. Bush
- Hotel! (2000) .... Ben Carter
- Fish (2000) .... Jonathan Vishnevski
- Nature Boy (2000) (mini) ....
- Forgotten (1999) .... Ben Turner
- Our Mutual Friend (1998) (mini)
.... Eugene Wrayburn
- The Merchant of Venice (1996)
- The One That Got Away (1996)
.... Cpl. Chris Ryan
- Testament: The Bible in Animation
(1996) .... David
- Doctor Who (1996) .... The Doctor
- The Hanging Gale (1995) ....
- Katharina die Große (1995)
- Nice Town (1992) (mini) ....
- Drowning in the Shallow End
(1990) .... Colin
- Cariani and the Courtesans (1987)
- The Monocled Mutineer (1987)
.... Percy Toplis
- The Importance of Being Earnest
(1986) .... John Worthing
- Give us a Break (1983) ....
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