Paul McNeilly Actor

Merlin, BBC1

Star of ‘Taggart‘, ‘Casualty‘, ‘The Knock‘, ‘The Bill‘, Holby City‘, ‘Merlin‘, ‘Friday Night Dinner‘, feature ‘Outlaw’ (Nick Love), two Independent European Features of the year, and many more.

“Paul McNeilly is the kind of actor who seems to pin you to your chair with his gaze’. He wrote ‘Not Gods But Giants’, and it’s as hard as a bag of rocks…’ Tom Morris, Time Out.

TV includes ‘The Unfriendliest Landlord In The World’, in Channel 4’s ‘Friday Night Dinner’, (three series) and guest leads in ‘Casualty’, and ‘The Bill’.

His plays have been staged at The Traverse, Southwark Playhouse, and eminent fringe venues including The Old Red Lion, and The White Bear. His latest play ‘The Court of Smiles’, was produced in London by the East London Shakespeare Company in July 2017, followed by a special platform performance in 2019 for Canned Aid.

As well as being a character actor with an impressive body of work, including over 70 TV and Film appearances to his credit, he also writes, produces, directs, coaches actors (formerly The Bubble and Squeak Actors Workshop)

Paul is also heavily involved in productions for other companies, and has assisted with the casting of feature film, ‘Killer Weekend’ starring Mark Heap, and a short, ‘A Guest From The Past’ for Cargo Films. He is a founder of Mac Films with actor/director Kevin McNally.

His new short film ‘The Lightworker’, made with Priscilla Olympio, has won six awards at five festivals, including Best International Short Film. Another film, again written and directed by Paul, ‘The Hatter’ won best film in the Weird and Wonderful category at the London International Web and Short Film Festival. His short film ‘Lipstick’, directed by Kevin McNally, is currently hitting the festival circuit with a great degree of success (16 festivals so far, with numerous nominations).


Paul has been acting for many years, making his debut playing Hamlet at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon, and has since starred in two European Independent Feature Films Of The Year – Saxon, followed a year later by Zebra Crossing. He also appears in Mike Bassett England Manager, Shopping, as well as ‘Danny’ in Outlaw, and ‘Auntie‘, in feature film, Community.

‘Binding this all together is the… estate’s de facto leader Auntie, a wonderfully observed study in creepy ambiguity by Paul McNeilly’.

Photo: Daniel Lam

‘Our host is Nosh, a doorman with a penchant for philosophy, played – and indeed written – expertly by Paul McNeilly, who guides us through the evening’. Dominic De Nezza, Remote Goat for The Glitch and Turn.

Paul studied acting for three years at Basildon Youth Theatre, before training at the Poor School, where he worked with some of the best teachers of the time, including George Hall, Julia Wilson-Dickson, John Jones, Lyall Watson, Barbara Caister and Kenneth Colley. His early career was then followed in two documenturies for the famous Forty Minutes strand (BBC2). He went on to attend workshops at the prestigious TVI Studios in L.A.

‘The big bad is a transvestite called Auntie played with aplomb by PAUL MCNEILLY‘ ~ BritPics

‘Paul McNeilly who plays Auntie, a cross dressing nurse truly steals the show as his portrayal of the citizen‘s leader creates an overall vibe of instability and dementia‘. –

‘…an across–the–board excellent cast, filled with performance highlights… especially Paul McNeilly as the cross–dressing community leader Auntie‘- DreadCentral

‘Enjoyable scary performance from Paul McNeilly‘ – Cult Box

Paul has appeared in many landmark, award-winning TV programmes, including: Our Friends In The North (BBC2 – Bafta winner – Best Drama Serial), 10th Kingdom (The biggest US TV series in history), Cold Lazarus (Dennis Potter’s final series, Channel Four), A Respectable Trade (BBC1 – Bafta nominated – Best Drama Series), and Eleven Men Against Eleven (Channel Four – nomination, Bafta Best Brama, winner Best Comedy, RST Awards).

Friday Night Dinner, Channel 4

‘Very strong comic perfomances… most notably from Paul McNeilly‘. Fiona Walsh, TNT for ‘Lysistrata’.

Further TV roles also include guest appearances in Taggart (STV), The Knock (two series – ITV), The Bill (ITV – 9 guest and lead appearances in all), Doctors (BBC1), Dream Team (Sky), Lock, Stock, The Series (Channel 4). Other shows include ‘Holby City’ (BBC1 – Christmas Special), Merlin (BBC1), Macready and Daughter (BBC1), Fool’s Gold (ITV), Open Fire (Channel Four), After Life (ITV), and Running Late (Screen One – BBC1, written by Simon Gray).

Arthur Schemmings, Web Series

‘…excellent acting particularly from Paul McNeilly… as the surprisingly rounded and sympathetic batterer‘. Kate Clancy, The Scotsman for ‘Not Gods But Giants’.

‘an excellent Paul McNeilly’, Time Out for Wild Turkey.

Tenth Kingdom, NBC