He began his film career as a body double for Daniel Radcliffe on the film Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. Spending much of his time 20ft up in the air on the hydraulic broomstick system and performing other physically demanding activities, it wasn't long before Paul started to get noticed as a versatile performer.
In 2007, he was recommended to the legendary Stan Winston Studio as a good choice to portray an emaciated version of the title character in 'The Deaths of Ian Stone'. The horror role required full body prosthetics and cgi head replacement with lead actor Mike Vogel. The invaluable experience Paul gained working with Stan’s crew to achieve this tricky effect is what ultimately set him on a path to becoming a creature performer.
Film Career highlights
Clash of the Titans - Paul's first creature performing role. Working with the Oscar nominated Creatures Inc, he underwent a 5 hour makeup process to transform into a tortured soul that pulls the boatman across the river styx. To add to the challenge of performing covered in silcone prosthetics, the scene was filmed in a large outside water tank at Pinewood studios.
Captain America: The First Avenger - In 2010, he was chosen by director Joe Johnston to be a visual effect double for skinny Steve Rogers aka Captain America. Working closely with Lola Visual Effects, he helped bring Skinny Steve to life in the pre-production VFX tests and was on set as a visual reference for the recruitment scene. The remainder of body double duties on the film were performed by Leander Deeny, while Paul went on to work on X-Men: First Class.
World War Z - While still in pre-production, Paul was asked by two time Oscar winner Mark Coulier to come in and screen test the practical zombie makeups for Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster, as well as provide various movement reference for the CG zombies the VFX team were creating.
Kingsman: Secret Service - Stage fighting under the direction of the incredible stunt team on the film, Paul was part of the now infamous chruch masacee scene.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Credited as a 'creature and droid puppeteer', he plays an alien called 'Varmik'. This character is of particular interest to Star Wars fans due to his origin. Varmik is based on 2 classic pieces of Ralph McQuarrie production art from 1975 - the cantina showdown and early Chewbacca designs. The former was a particular favorite of J.J Abrams’ that he wanted to bring to life on screen.