Joseph at the reception for Sancho at BAM in Brooklyn
22 June 1964
London, England, United Kingdom
Paterson Joseph (born 22 June 1964) is a British actor. He appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost in 1990. On television he is known for his roles in Casualty (1997–98), as Alan Johnson in Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003–2015), Green Wing (2004–06), Survivors (2008–10), Boy Meets Girl (2009) and as DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK (2013–14). His film roles include The Beach (2000), Æon Flux (2005) and The Other Man (2008).
Joseph was born in London to St. Lucian parents and attended Cardinal Hinsley R.C. High School in north-west London. He first trained at the Studio '68 of Theatre Arts, London (South Kensington Library) from 1983 to 1985 with Robert Henderson, then at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
In 1991, Joseph won second prize in the Ian Charleson Awards, for his 1990 performances of Oswald in King Lear, Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost, and the Marquis de Mota in The Last Days of Don Juan, all at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Joseph's theatre credits include the title role in Othello, as well as parts in Henry IV, King Lear, and Hamlet for a performance in New York City. In 2012 he played Brutus in a performance by the RSC of Julius Caesar set in Africa. In 2004 he undertook a project, filmed for Channel 4 in a documentary entitled My Shakespeare, to direct a version of Romeo & Juliet, using 20 young non-actors from the deprived Harlesden area of London. In 2006, he became a patron of OffWestEnd.com, a listings site for theatre outside the mainstream. Other stage appearances in 2006 and 2007 include the leads in The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Emperor Jones at the Olivier Theatre, London. In 2015, Sancho: An Act of Remembrance, a solo play written and performed by Joseph and based on the life of Ignatius Sancho, was staged in Oxford and Birmingham, and toured in the US starting in October. 
He has played many roles in British television programmes, both drama and comedy. These include Reuben in William and Mary alongside Martin Clunes; Mark Grace in Casualty; the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere; Alan Johnson in Peep Show; Lyndon Jones in Green Wing; and Shorty in the first episode of Jericho.
He also appeared in the acclaimed drama Sex Traffic, in the TV version of Kwame Kwei-Armah's acclaimed play Elmina's Kitchen and in the Doctor Who episodes "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways" as Rodrick, a contestant on a futuristic Weakest Link who is eventually killed by the Daleks. He has also appeared in various supporting roles in Dead Ringers. In 2006 he appeared in the television sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look, in which he played Simon, a contestant on the game show Numberwang.
In 2007, Joseph played Space Marshall Clarke in two series of the BBC sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive, and was Benjamin Maddox in the BBC drama series Jekyll. He also provided the voice of K.O. Joe in Chop Socky Chooks.
In 2008, he played Greg Preston in Survivors, the BBC remake of the 1970s science fiction drama of the same name. He repeated the role for the second series in 2010, after which the programme was cancelled. Also in 2008, Joseph appeared as former hitman Patrick Finch in Series 1, Episode 5 of The Fixer.
Joseph played DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK from 2013 to 2014.
He currently plays the messianic "Holy Wayne" Gilchrest on the original HBO dramatic series The Leftovers, which began airing in 2014, and he has recently portrayed General Arnold Gaines on You, Me and the Apocalypse.
|1992||Between the Lines||Sergeant Viv Jones||Episode: "Words of Advice"|
|1994||Soldier Soldier||Fusilier Eddie Nelson||Episode: "Changing the Guard"|
|1994||Casualty||Michael||Episode: "Hidden Agendas"|
|1996||Neverwhere||Marquis de Carabas||6 episodes|
|1997-1998||Casualty||Mark Grace||42 episodes|
|2000||Safe as Houses||Gabriel|
|2001||Now You See Her||Mark|
|2001||Cold Feet||Suggs||Episodes: 4.5 and 4.6|
|2002||Waking the Dead||Dermot Sullivan||Episode: "Life Sentence Part 1"|
|2002||Silent Witness||Sergeant Terry Harding||Episodes: "The Fall Out Part 1" and "The Fall Out Part 2"|
|2003||Loving You||Felix Fisher|
|2003||A Touch of Frost||Colin Stokes||Episode: "Close Encounters"|
|2003–05||William and Mary||Reuben||10 episodes|
|2003–15||Peep Show||Alan Johnson||11 episodes|
|2004||Murphy's Law||Dr. Mark Maddison||Episode: "The Group"|
|2004||My Dad's the Prime Minister||Detective Gary McRyan||6 episodes|
|2004–06||Green Wing||Lyndon Jones||9 episodes|
|2005||Dalziel and Pascoe||Alisdair Collinson||Episodes: "Heads You Lose Part 1" and "Heads You Lose Part 2"|
|2005||Doctor Who||Rodrick||Episodes: "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways"|
|2005||Rose and Maloney||Harry Callaghan||Episode 2.1|
|2005||Jericho||Shorty||Episode: "A Pair of Ragged Claws"|
|2006||Mayo||Dr. Rossi||Episode 1.1|
|2006||That Mitchell and Webb Look||Various characters|
|2006–07||Hyperdrive||Space Marshal Clarke||7 episodes|
|2007||Jekyll||Benjamin Lennox||4 episodes|
|2007||Chop Socky Chooks||KO Joe|
|2008||The Fixer||Patrick Finch||Series 1, Episode 5|
|2009||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||Cephas Buthelezi||Episodes: "Beauty and Integrity" and "A Real Botswana Diamond"|
|2009||Boy Meets Girl||Jay Metcalfe|
|2010||Blood and Oil||Ed Daly||2 episodes|
|2010||On Christmas Night||Presenter||Reading from the Gospel of John|
|2011||Case Histories||Patrick Carter||2 episodes|
|2011||Coming Up: Food||English man||1 episode|
|2011||Death in Paradise||William||1 episode|
|2012||Hustle||Dexter Gold||Series 8, Episode 1|
|2013-14||Law & Order: UK||DCI Wes Leyton||Series 7-8|
|2013||Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom||Narrator|
|2014||Babylon||Assistant Commissioner Charles Inglis||Series 1|
|2014||The Leftovers||"Holy" Wayne Gilchrest||Season 1
Season 2, 2 Episodes
|2015||You, Me and the Apocalypse||General Arnold Gaines|
|1993||In the Name of the Father||Benbay|
|2000||The Long Run||Gasa|
|2004||The Baby Juice Express||Sean Boetang|
|2008||The Other Man||Ralph|
|2012||Henry V (TV film)||Duke of York|
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