Paterson Joseph

Last updated 09 January 2020

Paterson Joseph
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Paterson D Joseph

Born: Thursday 22nd June 1961 (age: 62)

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Paterson Joseph is a British actor. He appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost in 1990. On television he is known for his roles in Casualty (1997-1998), as Alan Johnson in Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003-2012), Green Wing (2004-2006), Survivors (2008-2010), Boy Meets Girl (2009) and as DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK (2013-2014). His film roles include The Beach (2000), Æon Flux (2005) and The Other Man (2008).


Joseph was born in London to St. Lucian parents and attended Cardinal Hinsley R.C. High School in north-west London. He first trained at the Studio '68 of Theatre Arts, London (South Kensington Library) from 1983 to 1985 with Robert Henderson, then at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In 1991, he won second prize in the Ian Charleson Awards, for his 1990 performances of Oswald in King Lear, Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost, and the Marquis de Mota in The Last Days of Don Juan, all at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

He has played many roles in British television programmes, both drama and comedy. These include Reuben in William and Mary alongside Martin Clunes; Mark Grace in Casualty; the Marquis de Carabas in Neverwhere; Alan Johnson in Peep Show; Lyndon Jones in Green Wing and Shorty in the first episode of Jericho.

He also appeared in the acclaimed drama Sex Traffic, in the TV version of Kwame Kwei-Armah's acclaimed play Elmina's Kitchen and in the Doctor Who episodes "Bad Wolf" and "The Parting of the Ways" as Rodrick, a contestant on a futuristic Weakest Link who is eventually killed by the Daleks. He has also appeared in various supporting roles in Dead Ringers. In 2006 he appeared in the television sketch show That Mitchell and Webb Look in which he played Simon, a contestant on the game show Numberwang.

He appeared as Keaty in the Hollywood film The Beach alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and starred as Giroux alongside Charlize Theron in Paramount Pictures' Æon Flux.

Joseph played Space Marshall Clarke in two series of the BBC sci-fi sitcom Hyperdrive, and was Benjamin Maddox in the BBC drama series Jekyll. He also provided the voice of K.O. Joe in Chop Socky Chooks.

In 2008, he played Greg Preston in Survivors, the BBC remake of the 1970s science fiction drama of the same name. He repeated the role for the second series in 2010, after which the programme was cancelled.

Also in 2008, Joseph appeared as former hitman Patrick Finch in Series 1, Episode 5 of The Fixer.

In 2009, he was the bookmakers' favourite to become Doctor Who's eleventh Doctor, but the role was awarded to Matt Smith.

Joseph provided the narration for the National Geographic series Mega Cities from 2005 to 2011, and Wild Russia in 2009. He played Tyler in the BBC Switch film Rules of Love in 2010.

In 2011, he returned to Doctor Who where he appeared in the audio drama Earth Aid in which he played Victor Espinosa.

Joseph's theatre credits include the title role in Othello, as well as parts in Henry IV, King Lear, and Hamlet for a performance in New York City. In 2012 he played Brutus in a performance by the RSC of Julius Caesar set in Africa. In 2004 he undertook a project, filmed for Channel 4 in a documentary entitled My Shakespeare, to direct a version of Romeo & Juliet, using 20 young non-actors from the deprived Harlesden area of London. In 2006, he became a patron of, a listings site for theatre outside the mainstream. His more recent stage appearances include the leads in The Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Emperor Jones at the Olivier Theatre, London.

Joseph played DI Wes Layton in Law & Order: UK from 2013 to 2014.

He currently plays the messianic "Holy Wayne" Gilchrest on the original HBO dramatic series The Leftovers, which began airing in 2014.

Personal life

Joseph lives in France with his wife and one son. He was a chef before becoming an actor.

Biography from the wikipedia article, licensed under CC-BY-SA

Editorial Note: Date of Birth is listed on Wikipedia and IMDb as 1964 but FreeBMD has an entry for a Paterson D Joseph as 1961.