Paul Popplewell

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Paul Popplewell is a British actor having played Simon in the BBC Two TV film drama Criminal (1994), Happy Mondays' Paul Ryder in 24 Hour Party People (2001), Tyrannosaur, Black Mirror's Fifteen Million Merits (2011), and as Paul Pegg in Casualty (2021–2023).

Early life and career[edit]

Popplewell landed his first role as an actor at age 16, playing lead role of Simon in the drama Criminal as part of Screen Two;[1] The film was about a boy who with undiagnosed autism and from a council estate background in Bradford.[1] for which he won Best Actor at the Golden Chest Film Festival and was nominated for Best Actor at the Royal Television Society Awards. The film won the award for best single drama at Royal Television Society Awards.

At the age of 20, Popplewell was playing a leading role with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production of Bad Weather at The Other Place (theatre) in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.,[2][3]

In 2001, he played Happy Mondays bassist and founder member Paul Ryder in the Michael Winterbottom film 24 Hour Party People.[1] He later made an appearance in the music video for the Oasis single "Lyla" in 2005.

In 2011, Popplewell played the character of Bod in the BIFA and BAFTA winning feature film Tyrannosaur,[4][5] which was written and directed by Paddy Considine, and also starred Olivia Colman, Peter Mullan and Eddie Marsan.[5]

From 2021 to 2023, he played the receptionist, Paul Pegg in the BBC One drama Casualty.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Popplewell runs long distance to raise money for charity.[7]


Feature Film[edit]



Awards and nominations[edit]

Group Award Film Result
British Arrows Craft Awards Best Actor Kick it Out Won
Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards & TV Awards Best Supporting Actor American Buffalo Nominated
Golden Chest International TV & Film Festival Best Actor Criminal Won
Royal Television Society Awards (RTS Awards) Best Actor Criminal Nominated


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Popplewell: From 24 Hour Party People to Journeyman". 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "'Bad Weather' Play performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, UK 1998 – 07 May 2020". 7 May 1998.
  3. ^ "RSC Performances Bad Weather". 7 May 1998.
  4. ^ "2011 Winners and Nominees". British Independent Film Awards. 24 October 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  5. ^ a b " Talks To 'Tyrannosaur' Star Paul Popplewell". 18 October 2011. Archived from the original on 25 October 2011.
  6. ^ Dainty, Sophie (5 June 2021). "Casualty spoilers and questions after tonight's episodes". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Paul Popplewell – My Story". 8 January 2023.

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