Paul Hilton (actor)

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Paul Hilton
Born1970 (age 52–53)

Paul Hilton (born 1970, Oldham, Lancashire), is an English actor on stage, radio, and TV. He trained at the Welsh College of Music & Drama.


Hilton was born in Oldham, Lancashire in 1970.[1][2]

He has starred as William Palmer in the Pilgrim radio dramas on BBC Radio 4's Afternoon Play series and appeared in TV programmes including Garrow's Law (as freethinker Joseph Hamer), The Bill, Silent Witness, Wire in the Blood, Midsomer Murders (in the episode "The Oblong Murders"), Robin Hood, and has had regular character roles in True Dare Kiss (as Dennis Tyler) and Casualty 1909 (as Henry Percy Dean).

Hilton also appeared in the film Klimt and as Mr. Earnshaw Snr. in Andrea Arnold's 2011 adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

In 2010, he appeared as Sandy in Mark Haddon's play Polar Bears at the Donmar Warehouse,[3] and in 2011 played the title role in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus at Shakespeare's Globe.[4] In July 2015, he was part of the premiere cast of Damon Albarn's new musical at the Manchester International Festival.[5] For director Rufus Norris he was The Boson in Lucy Kirkwood's Mosquitoes (2017) at London's National Theatre.[6]

He played the character of The Fool in the Deep Time Walk Mobile Guide, produced in 2016/7 by Jeremy Mortimer.[citation needed]

He appeared as Alexander, the husband of the protagonist Katherine (played by Florence Pugh) in the 2016 film Lady Macbeth, which transposed the action of the novel by Nikolai Leskov to the Northeast of England.

In 2017, he starred in the title role in a National Theatre Live production of Peter Pan.[1]

He played the part of David Holmes in the television drama series A Very English Scandal, based upon John Preston's non-fiction book about the Thorpe affair.

In 2018, Hilton played E.M. Forster in the world premiere of Matthew Lopez's play The Inheritance at London's Young Vic, reprising his role in the West End and Broadway transfers. In 2020, he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play, a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his performance.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2020 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play The Inheritance Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Paul to tread boards in special showpiece". Oldham News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Paul Hilton".
  3. ^ Taylor, Paul (8 April 2010). "Polar Bears, Donmar Warehouse, London". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  4. ^ Spencer, Charles (24 June 2011). "Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare's Globe, review". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Casting announced for Damon Albarn's". Whats On Stage. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  6. ^ Billington, Michael (26 July 2017). "Mosquitoes review – sparring sisters collide in Lucy Kirkwood's science stormer". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077.
  7. ^ "Nominations Announced for 86th Annual Drama League Awards". Retrieved 19 April 2021.

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