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Paul Blackthorne

Actor / Photographer / Film Director / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 03/05/1969 (52) | Wellington, Shropshire (United Kingdom (UK))
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Paul Blackthorne (born 5 March 1969) is an English actor. Although born in Shropshire, England, he spent his early childhood on UK military bases in Britain and Germany. Blackthorne broke into acting via television commercials in England. His breakthrough commercial in the UK came in the Grim Reaper commercial for Virgin Atlantic, which was hugely successful. Numerous radio commercials followed. Blackthorne's first film role was in the Academy award nominated Bollywood film Lagaan, released in the year 2001. Since then, he has mostly appeared in American films and television shows. He had recurring roles in the American series ER and 24, both in 2004, and has been a regular cast member in the series The Dresden Files (2007), in which he played the title character of Harry Dresden, as well as Lipstick Jungle (2008–09) and Arrow (2012–2018). ()
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Accomplished British actor Paul Blackthorne returned to primetime TV fall 2012 as determined Detective Quentin Lance on the CW’s hit series ‘Arrow’. This role follows that of manipulative reality show producer Clark Quietly in ABC’s paranormal thriller ‘The River’. Recently he has also appeared opposite Ted Danson in ‘CSI’ and Callie Thorne in ‘Necessary Roughness’.Blackthorne was born in Shropshire, England, 1969. Blackthorne had his first acting experience at the age of 12 with the National Youth Music Theatre at the Edinburgh festival in 1981. Later he went on to study the Spiritual Psychology of Acting in London from 1996-98 before earning his first roles in British TV and film.In 2000 he found himself in India portraying the villainous Captain Russell in the Oscar-nominated film ‘Lagaan’. The Oscar campaign brought him to Los Angeles where he went on to appear in many American TV shows including ‘24’, ‘ER’, ‘The Dresden Files’, ‘Lipstick Jungle’, ‘Deadwood’ and ‘Burn Notice’. On the feature side, he has appeared in ‘Four corners of suburbia, ‘Special’ and “A Christmas Carol.”Alongside acting Blackthorne spent much of the 90’s traveling the world and exhibiting his photography in London. His first exhibition entitled ‘Fish Heads and other things’ raised money for Greenpeace. Another, ‘Bollywood Backpack’ raised money for the Gujarat Indian earthquake victims.The last exhibition he held, ‘Delhi to Manhattan’, took place at Tibet House, New York in April 2009. This exhibition (view here) chronicles a journey through India trekking in the Himalayan-Tibetan communities and meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala as part of ‘The Missing Peace’ project. Proceeds from this exhibition went to the Tibetan children’s villages in India.Recently Paul completed a documentary he produced with acclaimed Australian photographer Mister Basquali entitled ‘This American Journey’. Blackthorne’s directorial debut tells the story of the two men traveling across America interviewing everyday Americans about how they feel about the state of the country and their hopes for its future. Along the way, stereotypes are shattered and wisdom found in the most unexpected places.In the meantime ‘Arrow’ was nominated for best new drama at the People’s choice awards 2013, ‘This American Journey’ is being submitted to film festivals and in partnership with musician James Carrington, Blackthorne is releasing an innovative app called ‘Forte’ teaching children how to read music.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Science-Fiction & Fantasy

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Movies with Paul Blackthorne as Actor(13)

as Robert Stergen2017 Daisy Winters
as Willis2016 Dark Ascension
as Emergency Room Doctor2014 Dumb and Dumber To
as himself2013 This American Journey
as John Corben / Metallo (voice) / Henry Ackerson (voice)2012 Justice League: Doom
as Guest #3 / Business Man #2 (voice)2009 A Christmas Carol
as Jonas Exiler2006 Special
as Walt Samson2005 Four Corners of Suburbia
as Dan2001 The Truth Game
as Captain Andrew Russell2001 Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India
as John2000 Rhythm & Blues

TV Shows/Series with Paul Blackthorne as Actor(25)

as Tom Hackett2019 The InBetween
as Quentin Lance2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow
as Quentin Lance2014 The Flash
as Quentin Lance2012 Arrow
as Quentin Lance (archive footage)2012 Arrow
as Quentin Lance (voice)2012 Arrow
as Clark Quietly2012 The River
as Jack St. Cloud2011 Necessary Roughness
as Christian Harper2010 The Gates
as Julian Larson2009 White Collar
as Julian Larssen2009 White Collar
as Larry Newley2009 Warehouse 13
as Tony Kadjic2008 Leverage
as Shane Healy2008 Lipstick Jungle
as Terrence Hill2007 Big Shots
as Harry Dresden2007 The Dresden Files
as Henry Stoller / Henry Stoller's Son2005 Medium
as Dr. Matt Slingerland2002 Presidio Med
2002 Monk
as Stephen Saunders2001 24
as Dr. Jeremy Lawson1994 ER

Movies with Paul Blackthorne as Crew(4)

Camera/Still Photographer2013 This American Journey
Directing/Director2013 This American Journey
Production/Executive Producer2013 This American Journey
Writing/Writer2013 This American Journey

Additional Information

Citizenship: United Kingdom (UK)
Born: Wednesday, 03/05 1969 (March) in Wellington, Shropshire (United Kingdom (UK)) (current age: 52 years + 274 days)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: Hindi (HI)
Other names for Paul Blackthorne (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Πολ Μπλάκθορν"
Paul Blackthorne frequently works together with these people:
Tom Cavanagh (13x, Actor)
Greg Berlanti (13x, Crew)
Andrew Kreisberg (12x, Crew)
Marc Guggenheim (10x, Crew)
Dee D (10x, Crew)
Katie Cassidy (9x, Actress)
Danielle Panabaker (7x, Actress)
Geoff Johns (7x, Crew)
Rick Gonzalez (7x, Actor)
Al Sapienza (7x, Actor)
Keto Shimizu (7x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2438, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 11/20/2021