Paul McGann

Born Nov 14, 1959

Paul McGann is an English actor who made his name on the BBC serial The Monocled Mutineer, in which he played the lead role. He is also known for his role in Withnail and I, and for portraying the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who television movie and subsequent tie-in media.… Read More

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1959 Birth Born on November 14, 1959.


1986 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the 1986 television serial The Monocled Mutineer. … Read More
1989 29 Years Old He also starred as Anton Skrebensky in Ken Russell's 1989 adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow. … Read More


1991 31 Years Old In 1991, McGann married Anne Marie Milner, with whom he has two sons, Joe McGann (born in 1988) and Jake McGann (born in 1990).
1993 33 Years Old In 1993, he was cast as Richard Sharpe, the lead character in the Sharpe series of made-for-TV films based on Bernard Cornwell's novels, however he injured his knee while playing football just days into filming Sharpe's Rifles in Ukraine. … Read More
1996 36 Years Old Paul McGann played the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who 1996 television film. … Read More
1997 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In the years following his appearance as the Doctor, Paul McGann continued to diversify his acting portfolio with the television and film roles he accepted. In 1997 he appeared as a concerned father in the film FairyTale: A True Story and later that same year as Rob in Downtime, then in 1998 he appeared as Capt. Greville in The Dance of Shiva. … Read More


2001 41 Years Old He also gained acclaim for his portrayal of William Bush in the final four instalments of the ITV/A&E television series Hornblower, based on the Horatio Hornblower books by C.S. Forrester. He initially appears in the 2001 episode "Mutiny", with Bush being the 2nd Lieutenant of HMS Renown (and Hornblower's superior). … Read More
2005 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Five Eighth Doctor dramas were broadcast in BBC 7's The 7th Dimension slot between August 2005 and January 2006. … Read More
2006 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, he appeared in the television drama Tripping Over. … Read More
2007 47 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Despite the banning controversy, The Monocled Mutineer was released by the BBC on video in the early 1990s, and on DVD in 2007.


2013 53 Years Old 1 More Event
After months of speculation, on 14 November 2013 (coincidentally McGann's birthday), as part of the show's 50th Anniversary celebrations, Paul McGann finally reprised his role as the Eighth Doctor, in the mini-episode The Night of the Doctor. … Read More
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