Paul has had an extensive career in theatre, television, and film, fulfilling various roles before and behind the audience. He is married to Philippa Boyens, who won an Oscar for best screenplay for "The Return of the King". They have two children, Calum and Phoebe.
Paul is licensed to drive cars and motorcycles.
When asked to give his best tip for aspiring actors, Paul's answer is, "Study other people's role insofar as they affect your own."
When Paul was cast as Vladimir Lenin, he learned some Russian and had a Russian speaker make an audio tape for him so that he could practice the accent.
In 2007, Paul directed the play Decadence for the University of Auckland's theatre program. This production starred some of New Zealand's finest actors, including Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Lawrence.
Paul used to tease his on-screen Shortland Street wife Liddy Holloway, who also wrote a number of the show's scripts, that she used to give herself all the best lines. The two continued to be close friends after they left the show to pursue other opportunities in theatre.
Paul has written four books, and two of them, Epitaph and Epitaph II have been made into films. Paul also acted as the presenter for these two productions.
Paul has a son named Calum. His son has also become an actor, and joined the cast of Shortland Street, where his father used to be one of the original stars. Calum grew up watching his father, and now his father watches him. Calum is often directed by Angela Bloomfield, who used to play Paul's daughter Rachel McKenna on the show.
Acting is only one of the roles Paul has performed in theatre and film. He has also been a director and a producer.
Paul is a member of the original cast for the longest running soap in New Zealand, Shortland Street.
Paul is 5'9 2/3", with brown eyes and light brown hair.
Paul is represented professionally by the firm Johnson & Laird Management.
Paul: (on directing theatre) As a director, I'm trying to solve a lot of unanswered questions.