Paul Clayton (born 8 March 1957) is an English actor, director and author.
Clayton has recently appeared in the film Greed released in February 2020 and in Sky One original Breeders He also filmed an episode of Cursed for Netflix. He has also directed Joe Orton's The Ruffian on the Stair at The Hope Theatre in January 2019 featuring Lucy Benjamin, Gary Webster and Adam Buchanan. 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 also appeared in season 2 of The Crown on Netflix as Bob Boothby. 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 in 2017 for which he was nominated for an Off West End award for Best Actor. In May 2018, Clayton appeared 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. 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.
On stage, Clayton was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company where he appeared alongside actors including Judi Dench and Zoe Wanamaker. In the West End, Clayton played the leading role of Tony in the improvised comedy whodunnit Scissor Happy at the Duchess Theatre alongside The Comedy Store Players.
Clayton currently plays Mr Colchester in Torchwood for Big Finish Productions. ".
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 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. 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). 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. He is a regular columnist for The Stage newspaper and patron of The Hope Theatre in Islington. He is also a patron of children’s literacy charity, Grimm & Co, based in his home town of Rotherham.
He played the part of a prison officer in a Conservative Party Political broadcast in 1997.
Clayton works across the globe as a presentation trainer, conference director and communications coach.
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.
Hie first novel "The Punishment" is now out on Amazon.