Paul Clayton (actor)

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Paul Clayton
Paul Clayton, actor.jpg
Born (1957-03-08) 8 March 1957 (age 62)
OccupationActor, director, author, Columnist

Paul Clayton (born 8 March 1957[citation needed]) is an English actor, director and author.

Clayton will be seen again as Roger Ffolkes in Holby City for one episode in April 2019. He recently directed Joe Orton's The Ruffian on the Stair at The Hope Theatre in January 2019 featuring Lucy Benjamin, Gary Webster and Adam Buchanan. Most recently Clayton was seen in "Outrageous Fortune", the opening episode of Series two of Shakespeare & Hathaway, alongside Alan Partridge in This Time With Alan Partridge, and in the acclaimed Black Earth Rising. He can be seen in season 2 of The Crown on Netflix as Bob Boothby. He will be seen in a new film with Steve Coogan later in 2019. He also filmed Delicious with Dawn French for Sky 1. Clayton made his first stage appearance for ten years in Brimstone and Treacle at the Hope Theatre for which he was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Actor. May 8th 2018 saw Clayton appearing in major roles in Holby City and The Split on BBC One. He also shot the short horror picture Service directed by Theo Watkins.

Clayton played Ian Chapman in award-winning Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show.[1] for five series. In 2011, Clayton portrayed Sam Foster, father of Frank Foster in Coronation Street. Clayton also appears in the BBC Three sitcom Him & Her where he plays Graham. In 2013 and 2014, he played Superintendent Marlow in Hollyoaks, until his character was murdered on 21 April.

Clayton has made other notable television appearances in Doctor Who, My Family, Doctors and Wire in the Blood, as well as films such as Ali G Indahouse. He also features in the British crime thriller The Rise.[2]

On stage, Clayton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he appeared alongside actors including Judi Dench and Zoe Wanamaker.[3] In the West End, Clayton played the leading role of Tony in the improvised comedy whodunnit Scissor Happy at the Duchess Theatre[4] alongside The Comedy Store Players.

Clayton currently plays Mr Colchester in Torchwood for Big Finish Productions.[5] ".

Directing credits include Privates on Parade at the Greenwich Theatre, starring Tony Slattery, The Comedy of Errors at Nottingham Playhouse starring Robert Bathurst, Paula Wilcox and Janet Dibley, The Pocket Dream at York Theatre Royal starring Lucy Benjamin[6] and seven productions at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

Clayton is also an established actor, presenter, director and trainer in the corporate sector with over 1,400 corporate event credits.[7][better source needed] He has written two books, a guide to corporate acting called So You Want to Be A Corporate Actor, published by Nick Hern Books (2013).[8] and The Working Actor also published by Nick Hern Books (2016). He is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage. His first novel The Punishment is out with agents at the moment.

Clayton was Chairman of the Actors' Centre in Covent Garden for ten years, stepping down in January 2018 and a former member and associate artist of the National Youth Theatre.[9] He is a regular columnist for The Stage newspaper[10] and patron of The Hope Theatre in Islington.[11] He is also a patron of children’s literacy charity, Grimm & Co, based in his home town of Rotherham.[12]

Clayton works across the globe as a presentation trainer, conference director and communications coach.[13]

Recently he staged four conferences for McDonalds UK, including one for 2,600 people in Manchester, as well as similar events in Rome, Portugal, and Wembley.


Year Title Role Episode
2019 Cursed Ladislas 1 episode
2019 Shakespeare & Hathaway Leonard Baxter 1 episode
2018 Holby City Roger Ffoulkes 1 episode
2018 Unamed Feature Film Comedy with Steve Coogan Headmaster Film
2018 This Time with Alan Partridge Dr Harding 1 episode
2018 Holby City Roger Ffoulkes 1 episode
2017 The Split Stanley Brining 1 episode
2017 The Forgiving Earth Jack Markham 1 episode
2017 The Crown Bob Boothby 3 episodes
2016 Man in an Orange Shirt Registrar 1 episode
2016 Drifters Uncle Gerald 1 episode
2016 Delicious Guy Trevelyan 1 episode
2016 The Frankenstein Chronicles Confectioner 2 episodes
2015 Wolf Hall Sir William Kingston 2 episodes
2015 Mr Selfridge Auctioneer Episode 3.3
2013–14 Hollyoaks Supt. Marlow 9 episodes
2012–13 Him & Her Graham 5 episodes
2013 Vera Hotel Manager Prodigal Son
2012 Gambit Sweaty Man Film
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Ted Mason Episode 1
2012 The Rise Albert Rendell Film
2012 VIP The Daily Mail 1 episode
2011 Coronation Street Sam Foster 3 episodes
2011 Sugartown Panel Member 1 Episode 2
2011 Law & Order: UK Kenny Crush
2007–15 Peep Show Ian Chapman 6 episodes
2010 Doctors Rowly Calderone 5 episodes
2009 The Queen Benard Ingham The Rivals
2009 Monday Monday William Campbell Episode No. 1.6
2009 My Family Peter A Difficult Undertaking
2008 Wire in the Blood Governor Williams 3 episodes
2008 Affinity Mr. Vincy TV Film
2008 Doctor Who Mr Bartle Planet of the Ood
2008 He Kills Coppers Tweed Suit 1 episode
2008 Doctors Eddie Martindale Holding Back
2007 Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest Mergrass (voice) 3 episodes
2007 Hotel Babylon Businessman Episode No. 2.4
2007 Rich Man, Poor Man: Ben Dover Straightens Up Himself – Acting Coach Documentary
2006 The Amazing Mrs Pritchard John Hughes MP Episode No. 1.1
2006 The Bad Food Guide Raymond Postgate Drama documentary
2006 Save Lullingstone Castle Himself – Narrator Six Part documentary
2005 Coronation Street Mal Quillan Episode No. 1.6108
2005 55 Degrees North Charles Bellows Episode No. 2.4
2004 Fakers Henry Price Film
2003 Georgian Underworld Ordinary Invitation to a Hanging
2002 My Family Director The Second Greatest Story Ever Told
2002 Ali G Indahouse Alan Swan Film
2001 Doctors John Lanson Coming Home
2000 One Foot in the Grave Mitch Werner The Futility of the Fly
2000 The Man Who Cried Second Official Film
1999 Kiss Me Kate Client Money Matters
1999 Tabs Tales Various Multiple Episodes
1996 Drop the Dead Donkey Mike Luck
1989 Forever Green Commentator 2 Episode No. 1.2
1988 Salome's Last Dance 1st Nazarean Film
1982/83 Jigsaw Himself – Presenter Multiple Episodes
1981 Brideshead Revisited Tom Markham Orphans of the Storm
1980 All Creatures Great and Small Brian Weeting If Wishes Were Horses
1979 Screenplay Major Von Richter (Barricade Major) Gossip from the Forest
1979 Mersey Pirate Himself – Presenter Multiple episodes


  1. ^ "Paul Clayton for Actors Centre". National Student Drama Festival. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "The Rise". British Board of Film Classification.
  3. ^ "Theatricalia Website".
  4. ^ Whatsonstage. "Scissor Happy Review". Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  5. ^ "New Series 5 of Torchwood: Aliens Among Us! - News - Big Finish". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. ^ British Theatre Guide. "Pocket Dream Review". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Author Biography - Nick Hern Books".
  8. ^ Elkin, Susan (29 July 2013). "What do you know about corporate acting?". The Stage. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  9. ^ "The Actors Centre Website".
  10. ^ "Paul Clayton | The Stage". The Stage. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Paul Clayton becomes new patron of London's Hope Theatre | News | The Stage". The Stage. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. ^ "It's curtain up for Grimm's Glorious Grand Gala". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Corporate Training". Paul Clayton. Retrieved 10 December 2017.

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