Paul McGann

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Quotes (11)

  • (speaking out against poor quality stage schools) Paul: If one of my kids turned around and said they wanted to be an actor, then I would try to stop them because I think that really only the ones that can't possibly be stopped or dissuaded should eventually be doing it.

  • (on filming the dark show "Forgotten") Paul: Paradoxically, usually if you do really bleak pieces, they tend to be the happiest occasions off-set and the opposite is generally true too. On projects that are really funny, people can be very tense. When I filmed a drama about the Irish famine with my brothers a few years ago, we had a scream, even though we couldn't have been working on a bleaker piece. Though it has been relentless and gruelling, filming Forgotten has been an insightful and enjoyable experience.

  • (on getting together with his "Withnail and I" co-star, Richard E. Grant) Paul: It's good when we're together. We're still mates. Our kids know each other. Very occasionally we're together in the same place - and then it's difficult to pay for a drink. I like that.

  • (on working with his brothers as a highlight of his career) Paul: When we did The Hanging Gale, working together was a joy - it was easy - there's no professional rivalry.

  • (on whether he expected to play "Doctor Who") Paul: Are you crazy, of course not, no, not once, no never. Not till Philip Segal phoned me up. I thought it was a case of mistaken identity.

  • (on his time making the "Doctor Who" film in 1996) Paul: To be honest the film now is like a brief mad memory of some crazy holiday. It just seemed to be over so quickly and there wasn't a lot of control. I just did what I was told and stood there and tried to survive.

  • (on the fuss about being photographed kissing Catherine Zeta Jones) Paul: If you're going to get photographed kissing the nation's sweetheart you're going to get it. It's fairly arbitrary - she's no longer the nation's sweetheart and nobody cares what I'm doing, so it's tomorrow's chip paper. It's really not worth losing any sleep over, nobody died.

  • (on his response to being asked to do "Doctor Who") Paul: didn't want to do it as I didn't think I was suitable at all. I thought they were having me on. At the time it was comic actors and comedians being touted for the job so I was just curious why they were asking me, I'm no comic actor. I managed to resist it for about a year and then took the job.

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Trivia (12)

  • Paul attended the Lord of Time50th Anniversary Dr Who convention in Melbourne (April 2013)

  • In order to get the part in Withnail and I, Paul had to lose his scouse accent.

  • A false story about Paul having an affair with Catherine Zeta Jones led to him and his wife Annie putting in a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

  • Paul has recorded the audio versions of many of the Sharpe novels.

  • Twenty years after Paul worked with Richard E. Grant in the cult film Withnail and I, they worked together again in Always Crashing in the Same Car.

  • Awards BAFTAs Best Actor for The Monocled Mutineer (1986) (Nomination). Saturn Awards Best Genre TV Actor for Doctor Who (1997) (Nomination).

  • Paul has recorded audio adaptations of some original Doctor Who novels.

  • Narration Credits Secret Underworld (1997). Time Shift: England Away, a documentary about football hooliganism, for the BBC. Documentary about Saville Row for the BBC (2008).

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