Paul Putner


Paul studied Film And Drama O/A Level at Chichester College Of Technology from 1983-85 and in his final year won the college Drama Cup. He then began a three-year acting course at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art (LAMDA). On graduating, he was awarded The Kenneth More Comedy Award for Best Comedy Performance for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Paul went on to appear in a six-month season at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre and played in the final run of the West End hit, ‘Run For Your Wife’ at The Duchess Theatre..

In the early Nineties, Paul diversified into stand up comedy, performing a full spot at the famous London Comedy Store after a mere twenty gigs! He also helped launch The Regency Rooms, a popular weekly cabaret night, hosted by Lenny Beige at The Talk Of London, Drury Lane.

A frequent performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he acted in a number of productions including David Wolstencroft’s premiere of ‘Shelf Life’, ‘Erpingham Camp’ with Johnny Vegas and three of Richard Herring’s sell-out plays. In 2001, he performed a self-written one-man show, ‘Earl Stevens Puh-leez!’ for at the Pleasance. The show was nominated by The Guardian as best comedy show in their Alternative Perrier Awards.


Paul has a list of writing credits to his name that include Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’, Radio 2’s ‘The Day The Music Died’ and ‘The Impressionable Jon Culshaw’ for ITV 1. He co-created the comedy website with Ashley Blaker and has also written sketches and links for corporate events including the NME Carling Awards in 1998 /99.


Since the mid-Nineties, Paul Putner has been a regular face in television comedy, playing The Curious Orange in ‘Lee And Herring’s This Morning With Richard Not Judy’ (BBC2) to the beleaguered Fat Fighter, Paul in Little Britain (BBC1). From its humble beginnings as a radio pilot, Paul has taken part in all the Little Britain series and specials. He co-starred in the record-breaking live show, Little Britain Live that toured across the UK, Ireland and Australia to well over a million fans.

Paul has acted in several films playing small comic roles and it was in 2006 that he travelled to the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of ‘Paris Je’TAime’ in which he played the principal character of The Mime Artiste, in the segment directed by Sylvain Chomet.

More recently, he played safecracker Gerald ‘Jelly' Kelly in the Only Fools And Horses prequel 'Rock And Chips' and acted opposite Sir Jeremy Irons in 'The Borgias' for Showtime TV.


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