Paul Jesson

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Paul Jesson
Born Paul George Jackson
(1946-07-06) 6 July 1946 (age 68)
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Stage and film actor
Years active 1971–present

Paul Jesson (born Paul George Jackson, 6 July 1946) is an English stage, television and film actor and an Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He has played leading roles at the National Theatre and the RSC and won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role 1986 for his role in The Normal Heart at The Royal Court.[1] He was nominated for a Scottish Critics' Award 2004 for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. He played the Earl of Gloucester in the Donmar Theatre production of King Lear with Derek Jacobi, Maurice Montgomery in Nicholas Wright's Travelling Light at the National Theatre and appeared in Caryl Churchill's Love and Information at the Royal Court (2012). Recent film: Brutus in Coriolanus directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon and David Hare's Wall. He plays William Turner, father of JMW Turner in Mike Leigh's 2014 film Mr. Turner. He returned to the RSC to play Cardinal Wolsey in Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Aldwych Theatre, London. The productions are currently at the Winter Garden on Broadway. Later in 2015 he will appear as Roy in The Trials of Jimmy Rose, which stars Ray Winstone, for Granada TV. He is a board member of Out of Joint and a tutor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


  1. ^ "The Laurence Olivier Awards: full list of winners 1976–2008" (PDF). Official London Theatre Guide. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 

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