Paul Rhys is a Welsh television, film and theatre actor.
Rhys was born in Neath, South Wales, to Catholic parents. The family moved to the village of Pencoed when Paul was ten. A committed punk during his youth, Rhys was in several bands before leaving for London to study at Royal Academy of Drama Arts, leaving RADA with the Bancroft Gold Medal in 1987. He obtained his first major screen role in Absolute Beginners (1986). Since then he has seldom been off the stage and screen.
He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role of 1997 for his performance in King Lear at the Royal National Theatre. His first US exposure was when American film director Robert Altman cast Rhys, who was then still a student, as Theo van Gogh in Vincent and Theo opposite Tim Roth as Vincent.
In Murdoch Mysteries Paul Rhys is Dr. Francis, arriving direct from Scotland Yard to take the position vacated by Dr. Ogden. Murdoch has a difficult time with the new coroner who keeps regular hours in the morgue and goes home to have dinner with his Canadian wife. Murdoch's high expectations are not met, nor can they be unless one is Dr. Ogden. The two men have their final confrontation in Downstairs, Upstairs. Rhys nails the scene with such aplomb it could have brought William and Julia back together again, but alas, only as working partners.