Paterson Joseph

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Paterson Joseph
Joseph at the reception for Sancho at BAM in Brooklyn
Paterson D. Joseph[1]

(1964-06-22) 22 June 1964 (age 57)
London, England [2]
Years active1989–present

Paterson D. Joseph (born 22 June 1964)[1][3] 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 best known for his roles in Casualty (1997–1998), as Alan Johnson in Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003–2015), Green Wing (2004–2006), Survivors (2008–2010), Boy Meets Girl (2009), as DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK (2013–2014), as Holy Wayne in The Leftovers (2014–15), as DCI Mark Maxwell in Safe House (2015–2017), and as Connor Mason in Timeless (2016–2018). His film roles include The Beach (2000), Greenfingers (2001), Æon Flux (2005) and The Other Man (2008). He is also known for his various performances of the Marquis de Carabas in adaptations of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (1996). Joseph also has a recurring role in The Mosquito Coast, an Apple TV+ original series which began streaming on 30 April 2021.



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.[4] In 1992 he starred as Richard Henry in Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin, directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.

Joseph's theatre credits include the title role in Othello at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, as well as parts in Henry IV, King Lear, and Hamlet for a performance in New York City.[5] 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.[6]

In 2006, he became a patron of, a listings site for theatre outside the mainstream.[7] 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.[8][9] 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.[10][11][12]

In late 2019 and early 2020 Joseph starred as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Old Vic Theatre in London in their production of A Christmas Carol.


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.

Joseph also appeared in the acclaimed drama Sex Traffic (2004), in the 2005 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 version of the Weakest Link game show. He has also appeared in various supporting roles in Dead Ringers.[13] 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.[5]

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. Joseph 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.

In 2009, he was the bookmakers' favourite to become Doctor Who's Eleventh Doctor, but the role was awarded to Matt Smith.[14]

Joseph provided the narration for the National Geographic series Mega Cities from 2005 to 2011, and Wild Russia in 2009. He played Tyler in the BBC Switch film Rules of Love in 2010.

Joseph played DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK from 2013 to 2014.

He played 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.

In 2016, Joseph narrated the BBC Two documentary Inside Obama's White House.[15] He also took up the main role of Connor Mason in the television series Timeless, which ended in 2018.[16]

In 2020, Joseph played the part of Prime Minister under the name of Kamal Hadley in the series of Noughts + Crosses.[17] Filmed in Cape Town and set in a dangerous, alternate world where racism divides society, art imitating life, Noughts + Crosses follows two young people, Sephy and Callum, who are divided by their colour but united by love. The series ran for six episodes.


In 2000, Joseph appeared as Keaty in adventure drama The Beach, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2005, Joseph appeared as Giroux in the science-fiction action film Æon Flux, which starred Charlize Theron.

Voice work[edit]

In 2011, Joseph returned to Doctor Who, where he appeared in the audio drama Earth Aid, playing Victor Espinosa.[18] In November 2016 he played the title role in the BBC radio adaptation of the short story by Neil Gaiman, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back. Joseph had previously played the part of the Marquis de Carabas in the 1996 BBC TV six-part drama Neverwhere. He played the role of Colonel Arbuthnott in the Audible production of Murder on the Orient Express.

Joseph read the BBC Radio 4 abridgement of George Lamming's 1953 debut novel In the Castle of My Skin first broadcast in December 2020.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph lived in the Loire Valley with his French wife Emmanuelle and their son, before moving to London.[20][21] He was a chef before becoming an actor.[22] Joseph supports the Brazilian national football team.[23]



Year Title Role Notes
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 Armadillo Alan
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 16 episodes
2004 Murphy's Law Dr. Mark Maddison Episode: "The Group"
2004 Sex Traffic Martin
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 Elmina's Kitchen Deli
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"
2005 Open Wide Neil
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
2008–10 Survivors Greg Preston
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 The Hollow Crown Henry V Duke of York TV film
2012 Hustle Dexter Gold[24] Series 8, Episode 1
2013–14 Law & Order: UK DCI Wes Leyton Series 7–8
2013 Wild Burma: Nature's Lost Kingdom Narrator 3 episodes
2014 Babylon Assistant Commissioner Charles Inglis Series 1
2014 The Leftovers "Holy" Wayne Gilchrest Season 1
Season 2, two episodes
2015 Thunderbirds Are Go Robert Williams (voice) 1 episode
2015 You, Me and the Apocalypse General Arnold Gaines Main Role
2015 Safe House Mark
2016 Inside Obama's White House Narrator 4 episodes
2016–18 Timeless Connor Mason[16] 26 episodes
2017 Rellik Dr Isaac Taylor 6 episodes
2019 The End of the F***ing World Kevan 1 episode
2019 Avenue 5 Harrison Ames 2 episodes
2020 Noughts + Crosses Home Secretary Kamal Hadley 6 episodes
2021 Inside No. 9 Pantalone Episode: “Wuthering Heist”
2021 Vigil Commander Neil Newsome, Commanding Officer of HMS Vigil


Year Title Role Notes
1993 In the Name of the Father Benbay
2000 The Long Run Gasa
2000 The Beach Keaty
2000 Greenfingers Jimmy
2004 The Baby Juice Express Sean Boetang
2005 Æon Flux Giroux
2008 The Other Man Ralph
2023 Wonka Filming


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  4. ^ "Timely tributes for a new generation of actors", Sunday Times, 13 January 1991.
  5. ^ a b "Paterson Joseph". BBC. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  6. ^ Rampton, James (22 December 2004). "Baz and the Bard". The Independent. London: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 2 January 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Patron – Paterson Joseph". Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  8. ^ Billington, Michael (13 April 2006). "The Royal Hunt of the Sun, National, London". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  9. ^ Nightingale, Benedict (30 August 2007). "The Emperor Jones". The Times. London: Times Newspapers. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  10. ^ Hemley, Matthew (15 July 2015). "Paterson Joseph one-man show to play UK ahead of US tour". The Stage.
  11. ^ Joseph, Paterson (14 September 2015). "Paterson Joseph on Sancho: The First Black Briton to Vote". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive: Production: Sancho: An Act of Remembrance [2015f.01270]".
  13. ^ "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (Press release). BBC. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
  14. ^ "Doctor Who: Runners and riders". BBC. 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  15. ^ "BBC Two - Inside Obama's White House". BBC. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  16. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (30 September 2016). "'Timeless': TV Review". Hollywood Reporter.
  17. ^ "Noughts + Crosses (2020– ) Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.
  18. ^ "2.06 Doctor Who: Earth Aid". Big Finish.
  19. ^ "In the Castle of My Skin by George Lamming". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  20. ^ Deacon, Michael (21 April 2009). "Interview: Paterson Joseph on Boy Meets Girl". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 21 May 2010.
  21. ^ Laws, Roz (10 January 2010). "Survivors star Paterson Joseph on chips, coal mines and cycling". birminghammail. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Sky 1 -".
  23. ^ "Paterson Joseph Talks About Racism in Football | Dear Lovejoy Podcast". 4 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  24. ^ "Programme Information: Hustle". BBC Media Centre. London. January 2012.

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