Paul Shelley (born as Paul Matthews, 15 May 1942, Leeds, Yorkshire) is an English actor.
Shelley trained at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and has mainly worked in the theatre as a classical actor. He has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and has appeared in several West End productions.
His work for television includes Secret Army (1978–79) as Major Nicholas Bradley, Special Branch (1974), Blake's 7 (1979), A Tale of Two Cities (1980), Doctor Who (1982), Inspector Morse (1990), Paradise Postponed (1986) based on book by John Mortimer (audiobook-recorded by Paul Shelley as well) and its sequel Titmuss Regained (1991, also audiobook), The Fourth Arm (1983), Revelations (1994–95), Heartbeat (2002) and Crossroads (2003). In the popular ITV detective drama Midsomer Murders episode "The Creeper" (2009) Shelley performed as Inspector Barnaby's boss, Chief Constable Richard Lovell and appeared as Jed Gray in several episodes in BBC TV series Doctors (2010).
Films include: Oh, What a Lovely War! (1969), It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1975), Polanski's Macbeth (1971) and God's Outlaw (1986).
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