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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 19, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Neath, Glamorgan, Profession: actor

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Born in Neath, Wales in 1963 Paul Rhys studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, but landed a role in a high profile film before he'd even graduated. "Absolute Beginners" (1986) was one of the most expensive films in British history. A period musical featuring David Bowie and Sade, the film was a critical and financial misstep, but gave Rhys a giant springboard. His first lead role was opposite Colin Firth in the British TV movie "Tumbledown" (BBC1, 1988) focusing on the 1982 Falklands War and the injured soldiers who returned to the UK. Rhys delivered another standout performance as Vincent Van Gogh's brother, Theo, in the Robert Altman directed film "Vincent & Theo" (1990) featuring Tim Roth as the famous painter. He played another famous brother in the film "Chaplin" (1993), portraying Charlie Chaplin's brother and manager, Sydney. Rhys continued to work as a character actor, playing supporting roles in big budget features like "From Hell" (2001), and sometimes on series like "Being Human" (BBC3, 2008-2010). He played many real life characters, including Leonardo da Vinci on "Borgia" (Canal+/Sky/Netflix, 2011-2014), spy Aldrich Ames on the British mini-series "The Assets" (ABC,...

Born in Neath, Wales in 1963 Paul Rhys studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, but landed a role in a high profile film before he'd even graduated. "Absolute Beginners" (1986) was one of the most expensive films in British history. A period musical featuring David Bowie and Sade, the film was a critical and financial misstep, but gave Rhys a giant springboard. His first lead role was opposite Colin Firth in the British TV movie "Tumbledown" (BBC1, 1988) focusing on the 1982 Falklands War and the injured soldiers who returned to the UK. Rhys delivered another standout performance as Vincent Van Gogh's brother, Theo, in the Robert Altman directed film "Vincent & Theo" (1990) featuring Tim Roth as the famous painter. He played another famous brother in the film "Chaplin" (1993), portraying Charlie Chaplin's brother and manager, Sydney. Rhys continued to work as a character actor, playing supporting roles in big budget features like "From Hell" (2001), and sometimes on series like "Being Human" (BBC3, 2008-2010). He played many real life characters, including Leonardo da Vinci on "Borgia" (Canal+/Sky/Netflix, 2011-2014), spy Aldrich Ames on the British mini-series "The Assets" (ABC, 2014), and Sir John Conroy on the series "Victoria" (ITV, 2016) among others.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Deal, The (2004)
3.
 Food of Love (2002) Richard Kennington
4.
 From Hell (2001) Doctor Ferral
5.
 Haunting of Helen Walker, The (1995) Edward Goffe
6.
 Nina Takes a Lover (1994) Photographer
7.
 Spirit (1992) Douglas Rimmer
8.
 Rebecca's Daughters (1992) Anthony Raine
9.
 Chaplin (1992) Sydney Chaplin
10.
 Becoming Colette (1991) Chapo
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1986:
Feature film debut in Julien Temple's "Absolute Beginners"
1990:
Appeared in "Bent" at the Royal National Theatre
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Raised in Neath, South Wales
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Starred as Thomas de Quincy in BBC biopic "The Opium Eaters"
1997:
Appeared in the acclaimed Channel 4 miniseries "A Dance to the Music of Time"
1994:
Co-starred in the Donmar staging of Noel Coward's "Design for Living"
1984:
Early theater credit, "The Orphan" at the Greenwich Theatre
1997:
Played the younger incarnation of A E H Houseman in the stage premiere of Tom Stoppard's "The Invention of Love"
2001:
Undertook villainous role in the feature film "From Hell"
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Worked on stage in England and Scotland
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Attended RADA
1995:
Cast as Simon Templar in BBC Radio 4 production of "The Saint"; first time character was featured on radio in over 50 years
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Co-starred with Alan Bates in BBC drama "102 Boulevard Haussman" by Alan Bennett
1998:
Had featured role in the Cannes-screened "Love Lies Bleeding"
1999:
Portrayed "Hamlet" at the Young Vic in London; later toured Japan in the role
1984:
Spent a season with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre
1992:
Cast as Sydney Chaplin in Richard Attenborough's biopic "Chaplin"
1988:
Had small role in the epic adaptation of Dickens' "Little Dorrit"
2000:
Had supporting role in the Channel 4 miniseries adaptation of "Anna Karenina"
1997:
Supported Ian Holm in the National Theatre staging of "King Lear"; reprised role of Edgar in 1998 TV adaptation
1990:
First major film role, Theo Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"
1995:
Starred in miniseries "Gallowglass" shown on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre"
2001:
Played leading role of a successful barrister accused of raping a colleague in the two-part British TV drama "The Innocent" (Yorkshire Television)
1990:
American TV debut, "Tumbledown" (aired on A&E)
2001:
Had leading role in the BBC adaptation of "The Cazelet Chronicle"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London, England -

Notes

" . . . Rhys's gaunt Hamlet, first seen handsomely shuffling around the palace in a black coat and smiling through a haze of tears, is one of the most convincing and inventive portrayals of the melancholic prince I have ever seen." --From "The Perfect Prince of Despair" by Nicholas de Jongh in London's Evening Standard, April 9, 1999.

"Actually, I identify more with damaged creatures . . . " --Paul Rhys quoted in the London Times, January 4, 2001.

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companion:
Arkie Whiteley. Actor. Co-starred together in "Gallowglass"; no longer together.

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