|Birthdate:||March 5, 1969|
|Birthplace:||Wellington, United Kingdom|
Paul first broke into acting via television commercials in England. His breakthrough commercial came as The Grim Reaper for Virgin Atlantic. Numerous radio commercials followed.
On the big screen he starred as Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Lagaan, Mindcrime and the indie feature length film, Four Corners of Suburbia. Additional independent film credits include Bret Easton Ellis's This is Not an Exit, and a starring role in the British movie, The Truth Game. Paul's most recent independent film role is Silence.
On television, he was Doctor Matt Slingerland of Presidio Med and made notable appearances as Guy Morton in the British telly series Holby City, Liam MacGregor in Peak Practice, and Doctor Jeremy Lawson in NBC's ER. He also made two different appearances on Medium and guest-starred on popular shows like Burn Notice and CSI: Miami.
He played the lead character of Harry Dresden in the SciFi Channel's The Dresden Files until its cancellation. He has also starred in the short-lived Lipstick Jungle with Kim Raver. Afterwards, he was seen guest-starring on shows such as Burn Notice and CSI: Miami (with Michael Madsen).
In 2012, he starred in ABC's The River, along with Leslie Hope and Thomas Kretschmann and currently stars as Detective Quentin Lance in The CW series Arrow alongside 24 alumni Jeffrey Nordling and Roger Cross.
Paul is also a noted photographer and has had his photography exhibited.
- In the final episode of the third series of '24': Day 3: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m, a profile of his character, Stephen Saunders, is seen on a computer screen. It describes him as being only 5' 10", despite the fact that he is notably taller.
- Paul originally auditioned for the role of Michael Amador, another one of the Season 3 characters. After failing the audition, his agent negotiated with the producers and managed to get the role of Saunders.