Star of ‘Taggart‘, ‘Casualty‘, ‘The Knock‘, ‘The Bill‘, Holby City‘, ‘Merlin‘, ‘Friday Night Dinner‘, ‘Outlaw’, two Independent European films 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.
He is ‘The Unfriendliest Landlord In The World’, in Channel 4’s ‘Friday Night Dinner’, (his third series) and completed the guest lead role of Simon Kellman in ‘Casualty’. (See Acting CV Page for a full list of credits).
As well as being an established character actor with a highly impressive body of work, including over 80 TV and Film appearances to his credit, he also writes, produces, directs, coaches actors (see The Bubble and Squeak Collective), and runs The Hoxton Film Festival.
His plays have been staged at The Traverse, Southwark Playhouse, and eminent fringe venues such as 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.
He has recently staged a new play of his, ‘Confessions of a Day Sleeper‘, a raw study of mental illness and its effects on sufferers and carers. This was put on as part of a new programme called ‘Canned Aid’ – conceived and initiated by Paul – whereby audiences are asked to donate food rather than pay an admission fee, and this is then collected and taken to local food banks. All performers and contributers work for free. Further shows have taken place at Grow in Tottenham, and Matchstick’s Pie House in Deptford.
Paul is also heavily involved in productions for other companies, and has recently assisted with the casting of a new feature film, ‘F.U.B.A.R‘, starring Mark Heap, a short ‘A Guest From The Past‘, with another feature, ‘Out of Breath‘, to come in 2019.
Paul began his professional acting career 27 years ago, making his debut playing Hamlet at The Towngate, Basildon, and has 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, by Nick Love. He can also be seen playing ‘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’. M.J.SimpsonFilmBlog.com
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). In the early 2000’s he attended 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‘. – Horror.net
‘…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), and A Respectable Trade (BBC1 – Bafta nominated – Best Drama Series), Eleven Men Against Eleven (Channel Four – nomination, Bafta Best Brama, winner Best Comedy, RST Awards).
‘…very strong comic perfomances… most notably from Paul McNeilly‘. Fiona Walsh, TNT.
Further TV appearances also include guest leads in Taggart (STV), The Knock (two series – ITV), The Bill (ITV – 12 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).
‘…excellent acting particularly from Paul McNeilly… as the surprisingly rounded and sympathetic batterer‘. Kate Clancy, The Scotsman
‘…an excellent Paul McNeilly’, Time Out for Wild Turkey.