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 recently completed the guest lead role of Simon Kellman in ‘Casualty’. (Please 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 Night.
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 is a founder member of a new, international theatre company Theatre SO. They are about to begin work on his new play, ‘Confessions of a Day Sleeper‘, about the effects of mental illness on sufferers and carers.
As well as this, Paul is heavily involved in productions for other companies, and has recently assisted with the casting of a new feature film, ‘Game Over, 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
Paul has many theatre credits to his name, including runs at The Traverse, (a 7-hander that he also wrote and produced), The Gate (London), The Nuffield (Southampton), The Southwark Playhouse, as well as Kings Theatre (Edinburgh), Theatre Royal Bath, His Majesty’s (Aberdeen), and Theatre Royal Brighton, Bristol Hippodrome and also successful stints on the London Fringe, including The White Bear, The Old Red Lion, Oval House, Stratford Circus, Union Theatre and the Etcetera.
He has also acted in site-specific productions of Wild Turkey (Naarch TC. directed by the National Theatre’s Nadia Fall) in Shoreditch East London, and led his company of actors through eight runs of his own play, Dried and Roasted at The Glitch and Turn in the West End and Shoreditch. (NotGods T.C).
‘Our host is Nosh, a doorman with a penchant for philosophy, played – and indeed written – expertly by Paul McNeilly‘. – Dominic de Nezza, Remote Goat
‘An excellent Paul McNeilly‘, Time Out for Wild Turkey.
‘Due to an actor ‘dropping out’ McNeilly takes the role of Bubble, and has to read from the script throughout – it is a testament to his stage presence and skill as an actor that nothing is lost from his performance because of this’ – Jessica White, Remote Goat
‘Terry Fisher, played with convincing pop-eyed danger by the author himself’ – Piers Eady, Ham and High
‘Writer, Paul McNeilly, is equally comfortable on stage and is excellent as the pub’s enlightened bouncer, a kind of ring-master for the evening’. Sarah Miles, RemoteGoat
Paul’s new play The Court of Smiles is being staged by the East London Shakespeare Company.
Paul is establishing his own drama school, The Industry Acting School.