|Born:||19 December 1963|
|Birthplace:||Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, UK|
|Living or Deceased|
|Alive or Dead?:||Living|
|Characters They Portray|
|Acting Appearances:||Ivan - Being Human|
Born on February 13th, 1943, in Neath, Paul is a Welsh television, film, and theatre actor. While studying at RADA, 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 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 espionage comedy in which he plays Archie.
He is writing a book of his life and experiences since the time of the play Paul at The National theatre.