Paul Clarkson is an English actor, theatre director and teacher. He was born and educated in Worcester and trained at LAMDA from 1979 - 1981. He has been Assistant Director at the Swan Theatre Worcester, Associate Director at Derby Playhouse Theatre, Director of Drama at Pangbourne College Berkshire and Course Director of the BA (Hons) Acting course at Birmingham School of Acting. He was also Head of Drama at Solihull School, Solihull, Birmingham, Course Director Performing Arts at Abingdon College and a teacher of Drama at Golden Hillock School, Sparkhill, Birmingham. In 1984 he won the Laurence Olivier Award as Actor of the Year in a Musical playing John Tallentire in Howard Goodall and Melvyn Bragg’s ‘The Hired Man' at The Astoria Theatre London. He also created the role of Harry Bright in the original production of 'Mamma Mia!' at The Prince Edward Theatre London. His other theatre work includes: Alfie Byrne in the European Premiere of 'A Man of No Importance (musical)' at the Union Theatre Southwark and the Arts Theatre London. Dave in the world premiere of 'Promises and Lies' (Birmingham Rep). Hamp in 'For King and Country' (Greenwich Theatre) 'Working Class Hero', 'The Hired Man', 'Venetian Twins', (Nuffield Southampton). ‘Down The Dock Road' (Chester Gateway). Mephistopheles in ‘Doctor Faustus', Roderigo in 'Othello', Captain Plume in 'The Recruiting Officer' and Lieutenant Clark in 'Our Country's Good' (Swan Worcester). He recently played Jack Horsfall in Hull Truck Theatre's production of 'The Glee Club' by Richard Cameron (writer) directed by Tessa Walker and Gryce in Derby Theatre's production of 'Kes' directed by Sarah Brigham and toured Britain in 'House of Ghosts' directed by Robin Herford. His TV appearances include: Two years as Zoe and Archie’s Dad, Graham Carpenter in 'Hollyoaks', Keith Nicholl in two series of 'The Manageress' for Channel 4, Mr Christian in three series of 'Trippers Day' for ITV, 'Outnumbered', 'Christmas Bedtime', 'Heartbeat', 'Macallum', 'Kavanagh QC', 'Kiss Me Kate', 'Eleven Men Against Eleven', 'Underworld', 'Drop The Dead Donkey', 'Dream Team', 'Home is the Sailor', 'Anna Lee', 'Class Act', 'Doctors', 'Casualty', 'The Bill' and 'Crossroads'. Radio plays include: Gavin in two series of 'Any Bloke' by Gary Brown, Alex Wiltshire in one series of 'Saplings', 'The Archers', 'The Climb', 'The Waterloo Model', 'Poseidon's Gold', 'Gilbert Without Sullivan', 'Julie and the Prince', 'The Bribery Warehouse' and ‘The Music Teacher’. As a director his productions include: ‘Women in Love’, ‘Laurel and Hardy’ and ‘Outside Edge’ for Derby Theatre ‘The Dreaming’ and ‘The Tempest’ at Birmingham Crescent Theatre, ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole’ at the Rose Theatre, ‘Ladybird’ for Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Guys and Dolls’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at The Drake Centre Pangbourne. He recently directed Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Time and Time Again’ for Frinton Summer Theatre and Howard Goodall and Charles Hart's 'The Dreaming' at The Union Theatre Southwark. He finished performing as Dr Dillamond in Wicked (musical) at The Apollo Theatre Victoria London on 25 October 2014 and has taken up his position as the new Head of Acting Courses at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School since 27 October 2014. He is married to actress Julia Hills and has three children.