British actor Paterson Joseph is known for his roles on the television series “Casualty” (as Mark Grace; 1997-1998), “William and Mary” (as Reuben; 2003-2005), “Peep Show” (as Alan Johnson; 2003-2009), “Green Wing” (as Lyndon Jones; 2004-2006), “Hyperdrive” (as Space Marshall Clarke, 2006-2007) and “Survivors” (as Greg Preston; 2008-2010). He also appeared in the TV miniseries “Neverwhere” (1996), “Sex Traffic” (2004) and “Boy Meets Girl” (2009) as well as in the feature films “In the Name of the Father” (1993), “The Long Run” (2000), “Greenfingers” (2000), “The Baby Juice Express” (2004) and “The Other Man” (2008). He is also recognized for portraying Keaty in the Leonardo DiCaprio disappointing vehicle “The Beach” (2000) and Giroux in Charlize Theron's “Æon Flux” (2005). He recently appeared in director David Attwood’s television movie “Blood and Oil. (2010).
Childhood and Family:
Paterson Joseph was born on June 22, 1964, in London, England. He trained with Robert Henderson at Studio '68 of Theatre Arts in London from 1983 to 1985 before attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Prior to becoming an actor, he was a chef.
Paterson is married to Emmanuelle Joseph and has one son. Currently, he resides in France.
A former chef, Paterson Joseph entered the world of acting in 1988. He debuted on television four years later with guest roles in Channel 4's comedy “Bunch of Five,” and “Between the Lines,” an applauded police series created by J.C. Wilsher that was produced by World Productions for BBC. In the latter series, he played Sergeant Viv Jones in an episode called “Words of Advice.” Following an appearance in the British comedy “Screenplay” (1993), he made his feature acting debut as Benbay in “In the Name of the Father” (also 1993) The biographical movie was directed by Jim Sheridan from a screenplay adapted by Sheridan and Terry George from Gerry Conlon's autobiography “Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four.” “In the Name of the Father,” which was released in the U.S. in February 1994, was nominated for Oscars in the categories of Best Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Day-Lewis), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Pete Postlethwaite), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Emma Thompson), Best Director, Best Picture, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, and Best Film Editing.
In 1994, Joseph joined the cast of the British series “Soldier Soldier” (ITV) in the role of Fusilier Eddie Nelson and appeared in eight episodes. The same year, he also portrayed Michael in an episode of “Casualty” titled “Hidden Agendas,” which aired on February 26, 1994. The actor, however, did not join the medical drama series as a regular cast member until he won the role of staff nurse Mark Grace. He was on the show from 1997 to 1998. In 1996, Joseph also portrayed Marquis de Carabas on the BBC television fantasy miniseries “Neverwhere,” opposite Gary Bakewell, Laura Fraser, Hywel Bennett, Clive Russell and Trevor Peacock. He appeared in all six episodes.
Entering the new millennium, Joseph took on the supporting role of Gasa in the dramatic sport movie “The Long Run” (2000), which was helmed by Jean Stewart, written by Johann Potgieter and starred Academy Award nominees Armin Mueller-Stahl and Nthati Moshesh. He next played Keaty in the Hollywood movie “The Beach” (2000), an adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name by Alex Garland. The drama, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Robert Carlyle, Virginie Ledoyen and Guillaume Canet, was panned by critics and brought DiCaprio a Razzie nomination for Worst Actor. Joseph also costarred with Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Natasha Little, David Kelly, Warren Clarke, Danny Dyer and Adam Fogerty in the British movie “Greenfingers” (2000), directed by Joel Hershman. He then portrayed Gabriel in the television series “Safe as Houses” (2000), which was nominated for a British Comedy for Best TV Comedy Drama.
2001 saw Joseph appear in the television series “Armadillo,” the made for TV film “Now You See Her” (opposite Amanda Holden, Steve John Shepherd and Nicholas Gleaves) and the series “Cold Feet” (2 episodes; as Suggs). The next year, he played Dermot Sullivan in an episode of BBC's series “Waking the Dead,” called “Life Sentence: Part 1” and Sergeant Terry Harding in the thriller “Silent Witness” episode titled “The Fall Out.”
Joseph returned to series television as a regular when he was cast as Reuben in the ITV romantic drama “William and Mary,” starring Martin Clunes as William Shawcross and Julie Graham as Mary Gilcrest. The show was shown from 2003 to 2005 and was nominated for a 2004 BAFTA TV for Best Drama Series. Joseph was also featured as Felix Fisher in the TV film “Loving You” (2003, starred Niamh Cusack and Douglas Henshall), guest starred in the detective series “A Touch of Frost” (2003; as Colin Stokes) and provided the voice of Nigel Townsend in the animated TV film “Ghosts of Albion: Legacy” (2003; directed by Amber Benson). Also in 2003, he began his role of Alan Johnson on the BAFTA Award winning British sitcom “Peep Show,” which starred David Mitchell and Robert Webb. The show premiered on Channel 4 on September 19, 2003. He went on to portray Sean Boetang in the film “The Baby Juice Express” (2004, directed and co-written by Michael Hurst; starred Caroline Amborof, Nick Brimble, Joe Bugner and Joe Bugner Jr.), Martin in the critically acclaimed two part television drama “Sex Traffic” (2004; helmed by David Yates; starred Anamaria Marinca and John Simm), which won eight BAFTA Awards and four Gemini Awards, Dr. Mark Maddison in “Murphy's Law” (1 episode, 2004) and Mickey Stone in “Dead Ringers” (2 episodes, 2004). He then reprised his voice role of Nigel Townsend in “Ghosts of Albion: Embers” (2004), portrayed Detective Gary McRyan in the British sitcom “My Dad's the Prime Minister” (2004) and Mr. Alisdair Collinson in the episode “Heads You Lose” (2005) of the popular British series “Dalziel and Pascoe,” based on the Reginald Hill books of the same name.
Joseph starred as Deli, the owner of a West Indian restaurant and father to Ashley, on the television adaptation of Kwame Kwei-Armah's play “Elmina's Kitchen” (BBC, 2005). He then guest starred in such television series as “Doctor Who” (2 episodes, as Rodrick), “Rose and Maloney” (1 episode, as Harry Callaghan), “Jericho” (1 episode, as Shorty, all 2005) and “The Gil Mayo Mysteries” (1 episode, as Dr. Rossi, 2006). He next teamed up with Alexander Armstrong, Nigel Havers, Angela Griffin, John Henshaw and Sally Bretton in the TV film “Open Wide” (2005; directed by Juliet May) and returned to the wide screen to play Giroux in the American science fiction movie “Æon Flux” (2005), which was loosely adapted from the Peter Chung created animated television series of the same name. The film starred Charlize Theron and was directed by Karyn Kusama. In addition, Joseph played Lyndon Jones on the British sitcom “Green Wing,” which appeared on Channel 4 from September 2004 to May 2006. He also appeared as Space Marshall Clarke in seven episodes of the science fiction series “Hyperdrive,” which ran on BBC Two between January 2006 to August 2007, and played various characters in several episodes of the sketch show “That Mitchell and Webb Look,” during 2006 to 2008. In 2007, he portrayed Benjamin Maddox in the dramatic series “Jekyll” (4 episodes) and KO Joe in the animated series “Chop Socky Chooks.”
From November to December 2008, Joseph starred as Greg Peston on the BBC science fiction series “Survivors,” opposite Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Zoe Tapper, Phillip Rhys, Robyn Addison, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Geraldine Somerville. The show returned for a second season that ran from January to February 2010, with Joseph reprising his role. 2008 also saw roles in the series “The Fixer” (1 episode; as Patrick Finch) and the Richard Eyre dramatic film “The other Man,” which starred Laura Linney, Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson.
In 2009, Joseph appeared as Cephas Buthelezi in two episodes of “The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency” called “Beauty and Integrity” and “A Real Botswana Diamond” and as Paul in an episode of “10 Minute Tales” called “Let It Snow.” He also played Jay Metcalfe in “Boy Meets Girl” (2009), a TV miniseries starring Rachael Stirling and Martin Freeman. He appeared in all four episodes of the series.
Joseph next costarred with Naomie Harris, Jodhi May, Claire Unwin and David Oyelowo in the TV film “Blood and Oil,” which was broadcasted in the U.K. on March 29, 2010. The drama was directed by David Attwood and written by Guy Hibbert and David Oyelowo.
Also a stage actor, Joseph has worked on both sides of the Atlantic. His stage credits include “Othello,” “King Lear,” “Henri IV,” “Hamlet,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun” and “The Emperor Jones.”