Paul Clayton (actor)

Paul Clayton (born 8 March 1957) is an English actor, director and author.

Paul Clayton
Born (1957-03-08) 8 March 1957
OccupationActor, director, author, Columnist

Clayton will be seen again as Roger Ffolkes in Holby City early next year. He also filmed an episode of Cursed for Netflix. He recently directed Joe Orton's The Ruffian on the Stair at The Hope Theatre in January 2019 featuring Lucy Benjamin, Gary Webster and Adam Buchanan. Most recently Clayton was seen in "Outrageous Fortune", the opening episode of Series two of Shakespeare & Hathaway, alongside Alan Partridge in This Time With Alan Partridge, and in the acclaimed Black Earth Rising. He can be seen in season 2 of The Crown on Netflix as Bob Boothby. He will be seen in a new film with Steve Coogan later in 2019. He also filmed Delicious with Dawn French for Sky 1. Clayton made his first stage appearance for ten years in Brimstone and Treacle at the Hope Theatre for which he was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Actor. May 8, 2018 saw Clayton appearing in major roles in Holby City and The Split on BBC One. He also shot the short horror picture Service directed by Theo Watkins.

Clayton played Ian Chapman in award-winning Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show.[1] for five series. In 2011, Clayton portrayed Sam Foster, father of Frank Foster in Coronation Street. Clayton also appears in the BBC Three sitcom Him & Her where he plays Graham. In 2013 and 2014, he played Superintendent Marlow in Hollyoaks, until his character was murdered on 21 April.

Clayton has made other notable television appearances in Doctor Who, My Family, Doctors and Wire in the Blood, as well as films such as Ali G Indahouse. He also features in the British crime thriller The Rise.[2]

On stage, Clayton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he appeared alongside actors including Judi Dench and Zoe Wanamaker.[3] In the West End, Clayton played the leading role of Tony in the improvised comedy whodunnit Scissor Happy at the Duchess Theatre[4] alongside The Comedy Store Players.

Clayton currently plays Mr Colchester in Torchwood for Big Finish Productions.[5] ".

Directing credits include Privates on Parade at the Greenwich Theatre, starring Tony Slattery, The Comedy of Errors at Nottingham Playhouse starring Robert Bathurst, Paula Wilcox and Janet Dibley, The Pocket Dream at York Theatre Royal starring Lucy Benjamin[6] and seven productions at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury.

Clayton is also an established actor, presenter, director and trainer in the corporate sector with over 1,400 corporate event credits.[7] He has written two books, a guide to corporate acting called So You Want to Be A Corporate Actor, published by Nick Hern Books (2013).[8] and The Working Actor also published by Nick Hern Books (2016). He is a regular columnist and feature writer for The Stage. His first novel The Punishment is out as an e book and paperback on Dec1st 2019.

Clayton was Chairman of the Actors' Centre in Covent Garden for ten years, stepping down in January 2018 and a former member and associate artist of the National Youth Theatre.[9] He is a regular columnist for The Stage newspaper[10] and patron of The Hope Theatre in Islington.[11] He is also a patron of children’s literacy charity, Grimm & Co, based in his home town of Rotherham.[12]

Clayton works across the globe as a presentation trainer, conference director and communications coach.[13]

Recently he staged four conferences for McDonald's UK, including one for 2,600 people in Manchester, as well as similar events in Rome, Portugal, and Wembley.


2019 Holby City 22 Roger Ffoulkes 1 episode
2019 Cursed Ladislas 1 episode
2019 Shakespeare & Hathaway Leonard Baxter 1 episode
2018 Holby City Roger Ffoulkes 1 episode
2018 Unnamed Feature Film Comedy with Steve Coogan Headmaster Film
2018 This Time with Alan Partridge Dr Harding 1 episode
2018 Holby City Roger Ffoulkes 1 episode
2017 The Split Stanley Brining 1 episode
2017 The Forgiving Earth Jack Markham 1 episode
2017 The Crown Bob Boothby 3 episodes
2016 Man in an Orange Shirt Registrar 1 episode
2016 Drifters Uncle Gerald 1 episode
2016 Delicious Guy Trevelyan 1 episode
2016 The Frankenstein Chronicles Confectioner 2 episodes
2015Wolf HallSir William Kingston2 episodes
2015Mr SelfridgeAuctioneerEpisode 3.3
2013–14HollyoaksSupt. Marlow9 episodes
2012–13Him & HerGraham5 episodes
2013VeraHotel ManagerProdigal Son
2012GambitSweaty ManFilm
2012The Secret of Crickley HallTed MasonEpisode 1
2012The RiseAlbert RendellFilm
2012VIPThe Daily Mail1 episode
2011Coronation StreetSam Foster3 episodes
2011SugartownPanel Member 1Episode 2
2011Law & Order: UKKennyCrush
2007–15Peep ShowIan Chapman6 episodes
2010DoctorsRowly Calderone5 episodes
2009The QueenBenard InghamThe Rivals
2009Monday MondayWilliam CampbellEpisode No. 1.6
2009My FamilyPeterA Difficult Undertaking
2008Wire in the BloodGovernor Williams3 episodes
2008AffinityMr. VincyTV Film
2008Doctor WhoMr BartlePlanet of the Ood
2008He Kills CoppersTweed Suit1 episode
2008DoctorsEddie MartindaleHolding Back
2007Doctor Who: The Infinite QuestMergrass (voice)3 episodes
2007Hotel BabylonBusinessmanEpisode No. 2.4
2007Rich Man, Poor Man: Ben Dover Straightens UpHimself – Acting CoachDocumentary
2006The Amazing Mrs PritchardJohn Hughes MPEpisode No. 1.1
2006The Bad Food GuideRaymond PostgateDrama documentary
2006Save Lullingstone CastleHimself – NarratorSix Part documentary
2005Coronation StreetMal QuillanEpisode No. 1.6108
200555 Degrees NorthCharles BellowsEpisode No. 2.4
2004FakersHenry PriceFilm
2003Georgian UnderworldOrdinaryInvitation to a Hanging
2002My FamilyDirectorThe Second Greatest Story Ever Told
2002Ali G IndahouseAlan SwanFilm
2001DoctorsJohn LansonComing Home
2000One Foot in the GraveMitch WernerThe Futility of the Fly
2000The Man Who CriedSecond OfficialFilm
1999Kiss Me KateClientMoney Matters
1999Tabs TalesVariousMultiple Episodes
1996Drop the Dead DonkeyMikeLuck
1989Forever GreenCommentator 2Episode No. 1.2
1988Salome's Last Dance1st NazareanFilm
1982/83JigsawHimself – PresenterMultiple Episodes
1981Brideshead RevisitedTom MarkhamOrphans of the Storm
1980All Creatures Great and SmallBrian WeetingIf Wishes Were Horses
1979ScreenplayMajor Von Richter (Barricade Major)Gossip from the Forest
1979Mersey PirateHimself – PresenterMultiple episodes


  1. "Paul Clayton for Actors Centre". National Student Drama Festival. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. "The Rise". British Board of Film Classification.
  3. "Theatricalia Website".
  4. Whatsonstage. "Scissor Happy Review". Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  5. "New Series 5 of Torchwood: Aliens Among Us! - News - Big Finish". Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  6. British Theatre Guide. "Pocket Dream Review". Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  7. "Author Biography - Nick Hern Books".
  8. Elkin, Susan (29 July 2013). "What do you know about corporate acting?". The Stage. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  9. "The Actors Centre Website".
  10. "Paul Clayton | The Stage". The Stage. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  11. "Paul Clayton becomes new patron of London's Hope Theatre | News | The Stage". The Stage. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  12. "It's curtain up for Grimm's Glorious Grand Gala". Rotherham Advertiser. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  13. "Corporate Training". Paul Clayton. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
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