Paul Blackthorne

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Paul Blackthorne
Paul Blackthorne by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Blackthorne in March 2013.
Born (1969-03-05) 5 March 1969 (age 45)
Wellington, Shropshire, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present

Paul Blackthorne (born 5 March 1969) is an English actor for film, television, and radio. Although born in Shropshire, England, he spent his early childhood on British Military bases in both England and Germany.[1] Blackthorne broke into acting via television commercials in England. His breakthrough commercial in the UK came in the Grim Reaper commercial for Virgin Atlantic, which was hugely successful. Numerous radio commercials followed.

Blackthorne's first film role was in the highly successful 2001 Bollywood film Lagaan. Since then, he has mostly appeared in American films and television shows. He had recurring roles in the American series ER and 24, both in 2004, and has been a regular cast member in the series The Dresden Files (2007), in which he played the title character, as well as Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009) and Arrow (2012–present).


Blackthorne's first film role was as Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan. He spent six months learning Hindi for the role.

He also starred in Mindcrime and the festival-winning indie feature length film Four Corners of Suburbia, winner of both the Crossroads Film Festival in Best Narrative Feature (2006) and in the category of Best Composer at the Avignon Film Festival, Avignon, France (2006).

Additional indie film credits include Bret Easton Ellis's This Is Not an Exit, and a starring role in the British film The Truth Game. Blackthorne appeared as Jonas Exiler in Special, with Michael Rapaport.

Blackthorne’s directorial debut This American Journey was released in 2013. The road trip documentary film follows Blackthorne and Australian photographer Mister Basquali as they travel across America interviewing everyday Americans about how they feel about their country and their hopes for its future. The film was featured at the Hollywood, Carmel, Ojai and Big Bear Film Festivals. It was released through Cinema Libre Studios.


Minor and supporting roles[edit]

In 2002, Blackthorne portrayed British import Doctor Matt Slingerland of Presidio Med and made notable appearances as Guy Morton in the British television series Holby City, Liam MacGregor in Peak Practice, Doctor Jeremy Lawson in NBC's ER and biological terrorist Stephen Saunders on 24. He also made appearances on Medium in two roles (one uncredited as Henry Stoller, Junior), Deadwood, and an episode of Monk Season 5 Episode 10 "Mr. Monk and the Leper" as dermatologist Aaron Polinski. He appeared as Shane Healy, a British musician and husband of Wendy Healy (played by Brooke Shields), in the NBC series Lipstick Jungle for two seasons. He played an Irish terrorist in the US series Burn Notice in 2009 in one episode. In 2010 he appeared in two episodes of Leverage as an arms dealer and in an episode of CSI: Miami directed by Rob Zombie. Later that year he had a recurring role in The Gates as Christian Harper. Also on 7 December 2010, he appeared in the Christmas episode ("Secret Santa") of the SyFy series Warehouse 13. He appeared in a two-part cliffhanger during the mid-season break of White Collar Season 2.

Lead character[edit]

In the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 series, The Dresden Files, Blackthorne portrayed the lead character, wizard / detective Harry Dresden.

Blackthorne starred as Clark Quitely in the ABC original paranormal/adventure/horror television series The River about a group of people on a mission to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.

In the fall of 2012, he joined the cast of Arrow as series regular, Detective Quentin Lance.

Photography and philanthropy[edit]

Paul Blackthorne is also an accomplished photographer. His exhibition, Delhi to Manhattan, appeared at Tibet House in New York City from April to June 2009, to benefit the Tibetan children of the village of Dharamsala.[2][3]

In 2001, shortly after filming of Lagaan finished in India, the town where filming took place was levelled by an earthquake, including the apartment building in which the cast of Lagaan was staying. To assist the earthquake victims, Blackthorne exhibited his photography in a special show in London.[4][5][6]


Title Role Year
Road House Cameo as guy in bar 1989
Romeo Thinks Again Romeo[7] 1998
The Truth Game Dan[8] 2001
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India Captain Andrew Russell 2001
Mindcrime Man 2003
Four Corners of Suburbia Walt Samson 2005
Special Jonas 2006
The Gold Lunch Ex-Husband 2008
Justice League: Doom John Corben/Metallo, Henry Ackerson 2012
This American Journey Self 2013
Dumb and Dumber To Emergency Room Doctor 2014

TV series[edit]

Title Character Episodes Year
Jonathan Creek Gino 1 episode, "The Eye of Tiresias" 1999
Rhythm & Blues John[9] 2000
Holby City Guy Norton 11 episodes 2001
Presidio Med Dr. Matt Slingerland 13 episodes 2002-2003
Gramercy Park (unaired pilot) Jack Quinn 2004
ER Dr. Jeremy Lawson 5 episodes 2004
24 Stephen Saunders 10 episodes 2004
Medium Henry Stoller 1 episode, "I Married a Mind Reader" 2005
Monk Dr. Aaron Polanski 1 episode, "Mr. Monk and the Leper" 2006
The Dresden Files Harry Dresden 13 episodes 2007
Big Shots Terrence Hill 9 episodes 2007
Lipstick Jungle Shane Healy 20 episodes 2008-2009
Burn Notice Thomas O'Neill 1 episode, "Long Way Back" 2009
Warehouse 13 Larry Newly 1 episode, "Secret Santa" 2010
Leverage Tony Kadjic 2 episodes 2010
CSI: Miami Tony Enright 1 episode, "L.A." 2010
White Collar Julian Larson 2 episodes 2010
The Gates Christian Harper 6 episodes 2010
The River Clark Quitely 8 episodes 2012
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Professor Tom Laudner 1 episode, "Trends with Benefits" 2012
Necessary Roughness Jack St. Cloud 1 episode, " Mr. Irrelevant" 2012
Arrow Quentin Lance 2012-


  1. ^ Eirik Knutzen (26 January 2007). "TV Close-Up: Paul Blackthorne". Bend Weekly News for Bend Oregon. Retrieved 2009-06-16. 
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  4. ^ [1] Интервью с Полом Блэкторном. Выставка упоминается в ответе на 9-ый вопрос
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  6. ^ [2] Рассказ о съёмках фильма Lagaan
  7. ^ Romeo Thinks Again, Brief Synopsis from The British films Catalogue
  8. ^ The Truth Game, Brief Synopsis from The British films Catalogue
  9. ^ Rhythm & Blues, Brief Synopsis from The British films Catalogue

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