Adrian Paul

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Adrian Paul
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Adrian Paul at Paris Comic Con 2010
Born Adrian Paul Hewett
(1959-05-29) 29 May 1959 (age 56)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Meilani Paul (1990–1997)

Adrian Paul Hewett (born 29 May 1959),[1] better known as Adrian Paul, is an English actor best known for his role on the television series Highlander: The Series as Duncan MacLeod.[2][3][4][5] In 1997, he founded the Peace Fund charitable organization.

Early life[edit]

Paul was born in London,[1] the first of three brothers, to an Italian mother and a British father. Paul first became a model, then a dancer and choreographer. As a teenager, he was a very capable footballer and made several appearances for Cray Wanderers in the London Spartan League between 1976 and 1978.[6] In 1985, he left Europe for the United States to pursue a dance and modeling career.

Paul has spent time in the theatre with numerous plays, the most notable of which was a guest appearance in Beauty and the Beast, which he has stated helped shape his acting ability.


In 1991, he was cast in the role that would bring him to the most prominence to date, that of Duncan MacLeod in the syndicated television series Highlander: The Series, which aired in October 1992.[7][8][9] Paul also starred in the spin-off film, Highlander: Endgame (2000),[10][11] and the fifth Highlander film: Highlander: The Source, released as a made-for-TV film on the SCI-FI channel on 15 September 2007.

His first role was on the ABC television series, The Colbys as the Russian ex-patriate ballet dancer, Kolya (1986–87). This was followed by guest appearances on the television shows Beauty and the Beast (1987), two episodes of Tarzán (1991), Murder, She Wrote (1992), Relic Hunter (1999), and as himself in WWE SmackDown (1999). He appeared in a January 2003 episode of Charmed and off Broadway in the play Bouncers. He also appeared in the made-for-TV films Shooter (1988) and The Cover Girl Murders (1993), the latter of which starred Lee Majors.

He appeared in a regular role in the second season of the television series War of the Worlds (1989–90) as John Kincaid, three episodes of the 1991 Dark Shadows remake as Jeremiah Collins, and made a pilot for CBS Television for a series called The Owl (1991). In 2001, he starred in Tracker.[12]

Paul's first film appearance was in the 1988 film Last Rites, which starred Tom Berenger. He starred in the remake Masque of the Red Death (1989 film), a re-telling of the Edgar Allan Poe tale. He also appeared in Sheena Easton's "Days Like This" music video as her love interest and Duran Duran's "My Own Way" music video as a dancer.

Other films in which he has starred or co-starred are Dance to Win (also known as War Dancing) (1989), Love Potion No. 9 (1992) as Enrico Pazzoli, Dead Men Can't Dance (1997), Susan's Plan (also known as Dying to Get Rich) (1998), Merlin: The Return (1999) as Lancelot, Convergence (also called Premonition) (1999), The Void (2001), The Breed (2001), Code Hunter (2002), Nemesis Game (2003) Throttle (2005), and Phantom Below (also known as Tides of War) (2005). In 2006 he co-starred in the horror film Séance and in Little Chicago. He also starred as Ananias Dare in the Sci Fi original film Wraiths of Roanoke (2007). In 2008 he began voice acting the character of Patrick O'Brien in the animated War of the Worlds television show. He starred as Sir Francis Drake in the Sci Fi original film The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake (2009),[13] the futuristic thriller Eyeborgs, and the thriller/drama The Heavy (2010). In 2012, Paul did a character voice-over in the Malaysian animated science fiction film War of the Worlds: Goliath. Paul starred in the 2013 science fiction movie Apocalypse Earth, a post-apocalyptic action-adventure film. Adrian recently appeared as Commandant Leitner in episode 9 season 5 of Strike Back (2015).[14]

Personal life[edit]

Paul married actress and former "Uh-Huh Girl" Meilani Paul in 1990, but the couple divorced in 1997. Paul has two children with long-time girlfriend Alexandra Tonelli.[citation needed]






  • Bouncers (play) (actor)
  • Days Like This, Sheena Easton (music video) (actor)
  • My Own Way, Duran Duran (music video) (dancer)
  • Eyes of a Stranger, Queensryche (music video) (Lead actor in video)


  1. ^ a b Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events (10 October 2013). Chase's Calendar of Events 2014 with CD-ROM. McGraw Hill Professional. p. 301. ISBN 978-0-07-182950-2. Adrian Paul, 55, actor (“Highlander”), born London, England, May 29, 1959. 
  2. ^ Donna Lettow (26 September 2009). Highlander(TM): Zealot. Grand Central Publishing. pp. 184–. ISBN 978-0-446-56564-6. 
  3. ^ Mary M. Lay; Janice J. Monk; Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt (2002). Encompassing Gender: Integrating International Studies and Women's Studies. Feminist Press at CUNY. pp. 102–. ISBN 978-1-55861-269-3. 
  4. ^ Prouty (1 March 1994). Variety Television Reviews 1991–1992. Taylor & Francis. pp. 430–. ISBN 978-0-8240-3796-3. 
  5. ^ Katie King (5 January 2012). Networked Reenactments: Stories Transdisciplinary Knowledges Tell. Duke University Press. pp. 303–. ISBN 0-8223-5072-6. 
  6. ^ "Cray Wanderers - A Complete Statistical Record". Cray 150 Publications. 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-31. 
  7. ^ Gardner Dozois (15 May 1998). The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection. St. Martin's Press. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-0-312-19033-0. 
  8. ^ Paul Green (14 October 2009). Encyclopedia of Weird Westerns: Supernatural and Science Fiction Elements in Novels, Pulps, Comics, Films, Television and Games. McFarland. pp. 112–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5800-4. 
  9. ^ New York Times Theater Reviews (December 2001). The New York Times Film Reviews 1999–2000. Taylor & Francis. pp. 380–. ISBN 978-0-415-93696-5. 
  10. ^ Stephen Jones (3 January 2014). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 12. Constable & Robinson Limited. pp. 38–. ISBN 978-1-78033-712-8. 
  11. ^ Leonard Maltin (3 September 2013). Leonard Maltin's 2014 Movie Guide. Penguin Group US. pp. 1071–. ISBN 978-1-101-60955-2. 
  12. ^ Frank Garcia; Mark Phillips (10 December 2008). Science Fiction Television Series, 1990–2004: Histories, Casts and Credits for 58 Shows. McFarland. pp. 339–. ISBN 978-0-7864-9183-4. 
  13. ^ Sue Parrill; William B. Robison (26 February 2013). The Tudors on Film and Television. McFarland. pp. 115–. ISBN 978-1-4766-0031-4. 
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