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Paul Seed
British television director and former actor

Paul Seed

Paul Seed
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Intro British television director and former actor
Is Television director Television actor
From United Kingdom
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 18 September 1947, Bideford, Devon, England
Age 74 years
Star sign Virgo
Residence Torrington, Devon, England
Family
Spouse: Elizabeth Cassidy
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Biography

Paul Seed (1947) is a British television director and former actor.

Early life

Seed was born on 18 September 1947, in Bideford in Devon, England.

Career

Seed started off as an actor in the early 1970s and switched to direction in early 1980s.

Television

Sed made his acting debut in 1972, appearing as a sentry in the episodes "The Last Battle" and "Into Battle" of adventure/drama television series, Pretenders. In 1974, he was seen as "Frank Orchard" in four episodes of the television series, The Double Dealers. The following year, in 1975, he was seen in the role of "Ingram" in the TV series, Z Cars.

His big break came in 1978, when he was cast as "Graff Vynda-K" in the hit television series, Doctor Who. He was seen in the series' four episodes in 1978.

As an actor, he was last seen in 1982 in "Blue Marigold" episode of the series, Tales of the Unexpected.

Stage

In 1977-1978, Seed acted in Richard Cottrell's translation of the French writer, Georges Feydeau's play, "The Birdwatcher," at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in Bristol, England. The play was directed by John Elvery and Michael Joyce, with Mary Miller, Peter John, Jenny Galloway, Stuart Fox, Phillip Manikum, June Barrie, and Ian Price in the cast.

Direction

Seed took the BBC Directors' course, following which he directed numerous TV plays, series and serials during the 1980s.

He made his directorial debut in 1983 with the TV film, Belles. The same year, he directed the TV film, Across the Water. The film was written by David Rudkin and had Liam Neeson and Wendy Morgan in lead roles.

Seed's best work at the time came in 1990s, when he got a chance to direct four episodes of hit mini-series, House of Cards, in 1990 and of To Play the King, in 1993. The show was adapted by Andrew Davies from Michael Dobbs' novels, and had such notable actors as Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, and Miles Anderson among others in lead roles.

In 1995, Seed directed the TV film, The Affair. The romance/drama was written by Venezuelan writer Pablo Fenjves, with New Zealand actress Kerry Fox, and American actor Courtney B. Vance in the lead roles.

In the following years, Seed directed the 1997 episode, "Penny for the Guy" of series, A Touch of Frost and the 1998 episode, "The Sport of Kings" of the series, Heat of the Sun.

In 2002, he directed all six episodes of the revival of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. In 2010, he directed the BBC adaptation of Just William.

His last public directorial works were in 2013, when he directed six episodes of BBC's Blandings, and five of ITV's Doc Martin.

Personal life

Seed is married to actress Elizabeth Cassidy. The couple lives in Torrington, Devon.

Filmography

YearNameTypeDirectorsWritersStars
2005Victoria Wood: A BAFTA TributeTV SpecialVictoria WoodJoan ArmatradingSusie Blake
2005Drama ConnectionsTV Series documentaryMeera SyalAndrew Davies
2007The Ribos FileVideo documentary shortEd StradlingTom BakerTimothy BatesonSean Caffrey
2007A Matter of TimeVideo documentaryEd StradlingJohn AbineriDouglas AdamsBarry Andrews (actor)
2012Talking to BillyTV Movie documentaryColin Bateman
1972PretendersTV SeriesFrederick Jaeger
1972DoomwatchTV SeriesJohn Paul (actor)Joby BlanshardSimon Oates
1973ITV Saturday Night TheatreTV SeriesMichael BalfourMadoline ThomasSandra Bryant
1973Thinking Man As HeroTV MovieJohn GlenisterKeith BarronMary MillerPeter Bowles
1974The Double DealersTV SeriesRay BarrettPrunella Ransome
19742nd HouseTV SeriesMelvyn Bragg
1975Z CarsTV SeriesJames Ellis (actor)John Slater (actor)Douglas Fielding
1975Against the CrowdTV SeriesDavid SimeonDon WarringtonJudy Campbell
1975Softly Softly: Task ForceTV SeriesFrank WindsorNorman BowlerDavid Lloyd Meredith
1976Heydays HotelTV MovieDerek ListerTenniel EvansAnne ReidLesley Dunlop
1977SurvivorsTV SeriesLucy FlemingIan McCullochDenis Lill
1978Doctor WhoTV SeriesWilliam HartnellPatrick TroughtonJon Pertwee
1979HazellTV SeriesNicholas BallRoddy McMillan
1978-1979Secret ArmyTV SeriesBernard HeptonAngela RichardsClifford Rose
1979Coronation StreetTV SeriesWilliam RoacheHelen WorthSally Dynevor
1979The Human FactorMovieOtto PremingerGraham GreeneTom StoppardRichard AttenboroughNicol WilliamsonDerek Jacobi
1980ScreenplayTV SeriesJulie WaltersVictoria WoodFreddie Fletcher
1980EscapeTV SeriesJohn Lee
1981Crown CourtTV Series
1982BBC2 PlayhouseTV SeriesJohn BluthalGawn Grainger
1982Tales of the UnexpectedTV SeriesRoald DahlAndrew RayForbes Collins
1983BellesTV MovieDavid Calder
1983Across the WaterTV MovieLiam NeesonWendy Morgan
1982-1984Play for TodayTV SeriesAlison SteadmanNigel HawthorneTony Caunter
1984Keep on RunningTV MovieNick ConwayMark AspinallBert Parnaby
1984Benefit of the DoubtTV MoviePaul Antony-BarberHetty BaynesColin Douglas
1985The Man from MoscowTV SeriesDavid CalderFrederick Treves (actor)
1985Summer SeasonTV SeriesTim WyltonMarion BaileyCharles Dale
1986Fighting BackTV Mini-SeriesHazel O'ConnorDerek Thompson
1987Every Breath You TakeTV MovieConnie BoothCharlie CondouPat Heywood
1987-1989Screen TwoTV SeriesGeoffrey ChaterRoger BrierleyBernard Hill
1989Capital CityTV SeriesWilliam ArmstrongDouglas HodgeJason Isaacs
1990House of CardsTV Mini-SeriesIan RichardsonSusannah HarkerMiles Anderson
1991-1992Screen OneTV SeriesGeraldine JamesAlfred Molina
1992Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez DisasterTV MovieJohn HeardBob GuntonMark Metcalf
1993To Play the KingTV Mini-SeriesIan RichardsonMichael KitchenKitty Aldridge
1995The AffairTV MoviePablo FenjvesWalter BernsteinCourtney B. VanceKerry FoxLeland Gantt
1997A Touch of FrostTV SeriesDavid JasonBruce Alexander (actor)John Lyons (actor)
1997Have Your Cake and Eat ItTV Mini-SeriesHolly AirdMiles Anderson
1998Heat of the SunTV Mini-SeriesTrevor EveSusannah HarkerMichael Byrne (actor)
1998Playing the FieldTV SeriesRalph InesonMelanie Hill
1998A Rather English MarriageTV MovieAndrew DaviesAlbert FinneyTom CourtenayJoanna Lumley
1999Every Woman Knows a SecretTV Mini-SeriesSiobhan RedmondPaul BettanyMiles Anderson
2000Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock HolmesTV Mini-SeriesIan RichardsonCharles EdwardsSimon Chandler
2000Dirty TricksTV MovieNigel Williams (author)Michael DibdinMartin ClunesJames Bolam
2001Strange RelationsTV MoviePaul ReiserAmber SealeyLachele Carl
2002Auf Wiedersehen, PetTV SeriesTimothy SpallJimmy NailTim Healy (actor)
2002Children of the FlagMovie
2003The Booze CruiseTV MovieMartin ClunesNeil PearsonMark Benton
2003Ready When You Are Mr. McGillTV MovieMike HayleyAmanda HoldenTom Courtenay
2004New TricksTV SeriesDennis WatermanAmanda RedmanAlun Armstrong
2004Christmas LightsTV MovieBob Mills (comedian)Jeff PopeRobson GreenNicola StephensonMark Benton
2004Roman RoadTV MovieAlan DaviesAnna WingJohn Gordon Sinclair
2005The Booze Cruise II: The Treasure HuntTV MovieNeil PearsonMark BentonBrian Murphy (actor)
2006Northern LightsTV SeriesRobson GreenMark BentonNicola Stephenson
2006The Booze Cruise III: The ScatteringTV MovieNeil PearsonMark BentonBrian Murphy (actor)
2006Perfect Day: The FuneralTV Mini-SeriesChris BissonTom Goodman-Hill
2008A Risk Worth TakingTV MovieMuriel BaumeisterJames Wilby
2008Clash of the SantasTV MovieJeff PopeJeff PopeNicola StephensonRobson GreenMark Benton
2010Lark Rise to CandlefordTV SeriesOlivia HallinanSarah LancashireJulia Sawalha
2010Just WilliamTV SeriesRebecca FrontDaniel Ryan (actor)Daniel Roche
2013BlandingsTV SeriesTimothy SpallJennifer SaundersJack Farthing
2011-2013Doc MartinTV SeriesMartin ClunesCaroline CatzIan McNeice
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