Actor in film and televison, and comedy producer and writer for radio and television.
Paul is an iconic actor, performer and writer who has been involved in many of the best-loved comedy shows over the last twenty five years winning 5 BAFTA’s and being awarded the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain Award at the 2013 British Comedy Awards.
In 1982, Paul established a great writing partnership with Charlie Higson and Harry Enfield that culminated in The Harry Enfield Television Programme in 1990. He starred alongside Harry Enfield for two series, as well as working with other leading lights in comedy such as Kathy Burke, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves. In 1994 he co-created, alongside Charlie Higson, The Fast Show; a six-part sketch series for BBC TV which he co-wrote, produced and starred in. It ran for three series and won many awards including a BAFTA in 1998, the British Comedy Award in 1996 and 1997 and the Royal Television Award in 1997. The Final Fast Show Ever was made in 2001 which starred Johnny Depp.
Harry & Paul (originally titled Ruddy Hell! It's Harry & Paul) was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2007 with the second series going on to win a BAFTA in 2009. 2015 saw Harry and Paul celebrate 25 years at the BBC with An Evening with Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse being shown on BBC Two.
In 2015, Nurse which was both created and written by Paul followed on from the BAFTA-award winning comedies Help and Happiness again for BBC2; The success of Harry and Paul's Story of the Twos which received critical acclaim and a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and was awarded two Royal Television Society awards for Scripted Comedy and Writer in Comedy.
Most recently Paul has appeared in Death of Stalin and David Copperfield, both directed by Armando Iannucci. Other films include Ghost Stories, King of Thieves, Finding Neverland and Harry Potter. He has also voiced characters for Night of the Trampires, The Corpse Bride and Alice In Wonderland.
Other radio successes include Nurse; the Sony Radio-award winning Down the Line, a spoof radio programme for BBC Radio 4 that was adapted for TV and aired on BBC Two as Bellamy's People.
2018 saw Paul, along with good friend Bob Mortimer, star in Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing; a run of six half-hour episodes for BBC Two. The gentle, heart-warming series follows the good friends on a weekly fishing trip, complete with discussions about their impending mortality. Shortly after the series finished, Radio Times readers voted it their 2018 TV Champion and the programme returned for a second series; once again, Gone Fishing charmed the nation with consolidated audiences of 2.2 million. Season 3 will comprise six episodes and is slated to premiere summer 2020.
Paul starred in Only Fools and Horses The Musical, co-written with Jim Sullivan, appearing as Grandad. The feel-good stage show aims to protect the legacy of the BBC series, which first aired in 1981.