Paul Clarkson is an English actor and director.
Born in Worcester, England, Clarkson studied at the London Academy of Dramatic Art. He made his screen debut on television in 1980 and made appearances on such shows as Tripper's Day (and its follow-up Slinger's Day), The Manageress and Hollyoaks.
However, Clarkson was best known for his work on stage both as an actor and director. He appeared as Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus and Roderigo in Othello amongst others as well as directing productions of Women in Love, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and The Dreaming. He subsequently served as associate director at a number of theatres, as well as teaching as Head of Acting Courses at the Bristol Old Vic.
Clarkson sang in a number of stage musical productions, notably originating the role of John Tallentire in The Hired Man (for which he won an Olivier Award) as well as that of Harry Bright in Mamma Mia!
The Hired Man (1984)(originated the role)
- The Song of the Hired Men
- Fill it the top (contains solo lines)
- Now for the first time (duet)
- Fade away (duet)
- What a fool I've been (solo)
- If I could / Song of the Hired Men (reprise)
- What would you say to your son? (solo)
- Farewell Song (contains solo lines)
- War Song: So tell your children (contains solo lines)
- No choir of angels (duet)
Mamma Mia! (1999)(originated the role)
- Thank You for the Music (contains solo lines)
- Under Attack
- Our Last Summer (duet)
- I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
A Man of No Importance (2009)
- A Man of No Importance (contains solo lines)
- First Rehearsal (contains solo lines)
- Man in the Mirror (duet)
- Love Who You Love (solo)
- Confession (contains solo lines)
- Art (contains solo lines)
- Welcome to the World (solo)
- Poem (solo)
- Something Bad (duet)
- No One Mourns the Wicked (contains solo lines)
- A Sentimental Man (solo)
- Wonderful (duet)