Paul Higgins (actor)

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Paul Higgins
Born (1964-12-03) 3 December 1964 (age 56)
OccupationActor, Writer
Spouse(s)Amelia Bullmore

Paul Higgins is a Scottish actor, best known for appearing in the British television series The Thick of It, Utopia and Line of Duty.

Early life[edit]

Higgins was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was raised as a Roman Catholic, but now he considers himself a lapsed Catholic.[1] As a teenager, he trained to be a priest, but gave his training up aged 17 when he began dating.[2]


Higgins has appeared onstage in Paul and Black Watch, and in the film Complicity. He played Alan in Staying Alive, a hospital drama on ITV. He has also played Jamie McDonald, an aggressive press officer, in the BBC show The Thick of It and its spin-off feature-length film, In the Loop. In 2009, he appeared as Gil Cameron on the BBC drama Hope Springs. He played Michael Dugdale in Channel 4's acclaimed conspiracy thriller Utopia. In 2013 he appeared in series 1 of the BBC series Line of Duty and returned for season 4 in 2017. He wrote a play titled Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, which was performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in a co-production with the National Theatre of Scotland in November 2008.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Higgins is married to actress Amelia Bullmore, whom he met in 1992 while co-starring with her in A View from the Bridge in Manchester.[2] Since December 2019, he has been Chair of ACT, the Actors' Children's Trust.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 The Play on One Murdo Caldwell Episode: "A Wholly Healthy Glasgow"
2005-2007 The Thick of It Jamie McDonald Series 2 and specials, 5 episodes
2009 In the Loop Jamie McDonald Film
2009 Silent Witness DS Nick Wallace TV series, episode "Safe"
2011 Vera Clive Stringer First episode aired, Series 1
2012, 2017 Line of Duty ACC Derek Hilton Guest (Series 1)

Main Cast (Series 4) 8 episodes

2013-2014 Utopia Michael Dugdale Main Cast, Series 1-2, 12 episodes
2017 Victoria & Abdul Sir Dr James Reid Film


  1. ^ English, Paul (27 November 2008). "Paul Higgins: Priesthood just wasn't for me - so I chose acting". Daily Record. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  2. ^ a b Higgins, Paul (15 August 2007). "Stuart Jeffries meets The Thick Of It actor Paul Higgins". The Guardian. London.
  3. ^ "No One Will Ever Forgive Us". National Theatre of Scotland. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2015.

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