Paul Herzberg


Paul recently completed shooting “Forgiving Earth” an 8 part TV series for the BBC directed by Hugo Blick with whom he worked on “The Honourable Woman” in which he played Daniel Borgoraz. He played Shimon Peres in the award winning hit, “Oslo” which began at the NT and transferred to the Harold Pinter Theatre.

He played the lead in “Storm” at Jermyn Street Theatre and Joe Celano at  The Park Theatre, in “The Trial Of Jane Fonda” starring Anne Archer. Guardian review:

In 2014, Paul played Daniel Borgoraz in the 9 part serial for BBC TV, The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gylenhaall.

Paul played Captain Papa Louw in his award-winning play, The Dead Wait, at the

Park Theatre 200 in 2013. The production was received with critical acclaim.

The Life And Loves Of A She Devil in which he played Garcia, has just been repeated on BBC4.

He recently completed a major screenplay for Ecosse films and has been commissioned by them on a new project, the adaptation of a major 20th century novel. He is also working on a commission for New Sparta and FilmAfrika.

In 2012, Paul completed a run at the National Theatre playing Leo Schutzmacher in The Doctor’s Dilemma, having played Vincentio in the RSC’s hit production of The Taming Of The Shrew. Recently, he played Nikolas in “Papadopolous And Sons” and Paul Hardwicke in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Paul was born in South Africa. After graduating from Pretoria in screenwriting he turned to acting. While at the University Of Cape Town Drama School he cut his teeth as an actor at South Africa’s first multi-racial theatre, The Space, where many of Athol Fugard’s plays were pioneered.

He left for the UK in 1976 following conscription into the Angolan border war — a time he’s drawn on for his award-winning play The Dead Wait. The Dead Wait was developed by Moonstone International and The Film Council for the screen.

Paul completed a post-graduate diploma at LAMDA and began working as an actor in the UK in 1978.

While much of his professional life is devoted to acting Paul returns frequently to writing and tries to maintain a balance between both disciplines, sometimes performing in his own work. His work as a writer began on BBC Radio. It encompasses theatre, television and film with several nominations and awards including the Nashville International best feature Award for Almost Heaven in which he played the role of Blagden.

Professional acting highlights include playing Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Mermaid; Gerry Evans in the world premiere’ of Dancing At Lughnasa at the Abbey; Gratiano in The Merchant Of Venice at Chichester with Alec Guinness as Shylock (Paul recently played Shylock at the Arcola Theatre); Vorster in Anthony Sher’s I.D. at the Almeida; Papa Louw in his play, The Dead Wait, at the Royal Exchange.

The Dead Wait (stage) in which Paul played the psychotic platoon Commander Papa Louw at the Royal Exchange and on BBC Radio 4, was shortlisted for The Verity Bargate Award, and nominated for 3 Manchester Evening News Awards: best play, production and actor — in which category it won.

On film & TV favourite productions include Cry Freedom, The Life And Loves Of A She Devil and Smiley’s people.

Paul was recently nominated as best actor in the film Room 36 at the New York Horror Film Festival, a piece of news he was not entirely sure how to take...