Paul Brightwell

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Paul Brightwell is an English actor and director. He has acted in many different plays, films and TV shows since the late 1980s. Theatre direction includes the British premieres of Heiner Muller's Hamletmachine at the Gate Notting Hill, and Witkiewicz's They at the Polish Theatre in Hammersmith.

Early life and career[edit]

Brightwell's first main role was as Uriah Heep in the TV Series David Copperfield in 1986. He went on to have parts in films and television shows, including Coronation Street.

In Titanic, Brightwell played Quartermaster Hichens, the crew member who was at the ship's wheel at the time of RMS Titanic's impact with the iceberg which sank it.

Brightwell has guest starred in The Bill in a number of episodes. His longest recurring role is as DS Hall in the TV series, The Commander, which he has played throughout the 2000s. He also played the role of Malchus in the 2013 mini series The Bible, and Mr. Hickfang in the 2014 film The Voices.


Year Title Role Notes
1986 David Copperfield Uriah Heep 5 episodes
Casualty John Rowden
2 episodes
1997 Titanic Quartermaster Hichens Film
2000 Grange Hill Mr. Xavier 7 episodes
The Queen's Nose Block/Black 3 episodes
1999 A Touch of Frost
2004 Bad Girls D.I. Ackroyd 2 episodes
2017 Doctor Who Surgeon 1 episode