Paul Higgins (actor)

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Paul Higgins
Born 1963 (age 53–54)
Lanarkshire, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Amelia Bullmore
Children 2

Paul Higgins (born 1963) is a Scottish film and television actor.

Early life[edit]

Higgins 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 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] Higgins wrote the script to a new musical, The Choir, produced by the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and the Ambassadors Theatre Group in October 2015.[4]

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] They have two daughters. He is vegan.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Creatures of Light Fionn
1994 Being Human Soldier
1998 Bedrooms and Hallways John
2000 Complicity Andy
2000 Beautiful Creatures Aidan
2006 Red Road Avery
2007 Shell The Salesman Short film
2009 In The Loop Jamie McDonald
2009 No Holds Bard Struan Robertson
2014 Couple in a Hole John


Year Title Role Notes
1987 A Wholly Healthy Glasgow
1988 Tumbledown Saltemarsh
1988 A Very Peculiar Practice Adie Shaw
1986 Taggart Alastair Finn
1990 Taggart David Crawford
1990 Boon Simon
1991 Clarissa Preacher
1992 Between The Lines David Ray
1993 Micky Love Writer
1994 The Negotiator
1996 Staying Alive Alan
1996 Doctor Finlay Danny Gallagher
1996 Dangerfield Glenn Jones
2002 Murder Lee Finch
2002 Birthday Girl Drew
2002 Beating Jesus
2006 Low Winter Sun David Westwood
2005–2007 The Thick of It Jamie
2008 The Last Enemy Professor Lawrence Cooper
2008 Silent Witness DS Nick Wallace Episode: "Safe"
2009 New Town Hamish Glennie
2009 Hope Springs Gil Cameron
2011 Vera Clive
2012 Line of Duty Chief Superintendent Derek Hilton
2013 Case Histories Ian Kelso
2013 The Wrong Mans PC Hennessy
2013–2014 Utopia Michael Dugdale
2016 Raised by Wolves Sean


Year Title Role Notes
1992 A View from the Bridge Rodolpho Royal Exchange Theatre
1994 The Lady from the Sea Lyric Hammersmith
West Yorkshire Playhouse
1994 The Slab Boys Trilogy Phil McCann Young Vic
1995 Macbeth Macbeth English Touring Theatre
1998 An Enemy of the People Royal National Theatre
2000 The Way of the World Fainall Royal Exchange Theatre
2000 Conversations After a Burial Alex Almeida Theatre
2001 Buried Alive Stuart Hampstead Theatre
2002 Nightsongs The Young Man Royal Court Theatre
2002 A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon The Globe Theatre
2002 The Golden Ass Bellepheron / Thrasillus The Globe Theatre
2003 Measure for Measure The Duke Royal Shakespeare Company
2005 Macbeth Macduff Almeida Theatre
2005 The Cosmonaut's Last Message Oleg Donmar Warehouse
2006 Paul James Royal National Theatre
2006 Black Watch Writer / Sergeant National Theatre of Scotland
2006 The Tempest Prospero Tron Theatre
2007 Damascus Paul Traverse Theatre
Tricycle Theatre
Middle East Tour
2010 The White Guard Viktor Royal National Theatre
2010 Caledonia William Paterson National Theatre of Scotland
2011 Luise Miller Miller Donmar Warehouse
2012 King Lear Earl of Kent Citizens Theatre Glasgow
2013 Children of the Sun Boris National Theatre
2015 Temple Canon Chancellor Donmar Warehouse

Narration and radio[edit]

Year Title Role Format Notes
Glasgow Airport Voice Over Commercial
Scottish Office: Domestic Abuse Voice Over Commercial
Artworks Narrator BBC2 Documentary
Complete Burns: Robert Burns Poems Narrator BBC Scotland (Online)
2007 Black Watch Writer / Sergeant BBC Radio 3
2008 The Mayor of Casterbridge Donald Farfrae BBC Radio 4
2009 Boswell's Life of Johnson James Boswell BBC Radio 4
2010 The Seagull Trigorin BBC Radio 3


  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. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Choir". Citizens Theatre. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

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