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Born in Cape Town, he studied acting at the University of Cape Town and scriptwriting at the University of Pretoria. He moved to the UK in 1976, after having served as a conscripted soldier on the Namibian border, during the period of the Angolan war. He then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
As an actor, his film and television appearances include Cry Freedom, Smiley's People, Agatha Christie's Poirot - Dumb Witness and The Life And Loves Of A she-Devil. He co-wrote and starred in the feature film, Almost Heaven.
On stage, played Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Mermaid Theatre. He is a regular at Manchester's Royal Exchange where his roles have included Bluntschli in Arms And The Man, Shorty in People Are Living There, Colbert in While The Sun Shines, Captain Papa Louw in his award-winning play The Dead Wait and recently as Capulet in Romeo And Juliet. He has appeared twice at the Chichester Festival theatre, first as Gratiano in The Merchant Of Venice (with Sir Alec Guinness as Shylock); and then in Carrington, as Mark Gertler. In 2003, he played John Vorster in Sir Antony Sher's play I.D. at the Almeida theatre.
Herzberg first began writing for BBC Radio in 1992 with the 60 minute play The Song Of My Father; followed by several plays and short stories. His short radio play Where's The Bull?, won the London Radio playwright's festival in 1992 and was broadcast on LBC Radio.
His stage play The Dead Wait is based on the story of a young South African athlete who is a conscripted soldier in the Angolan Civil War and was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award in 1997. The story also reflects Herzberg's own experiences as a conscripted soldier before leaving South Africa. The Dead Wait was broadcast on BBC Radio and received its theatrical world premiere' at the Barney Simon Theatre at the Market, in 1997. In 2002 it received its British premiere' at the Royal Exchange in Manchester, with Herzberg in the role of Captain Papa Louw, where it was nominated for three Manchester Evenings News Awards (best new play, production and actor) winning in the last category. The play was published by Oberon books.
Selected film and television roles
- The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, (1985) - as Private Reynolds
- Murder City, Just Seventeen (2006) - as Max Edwards
- Heartbeat, Music of the Spheres (2003) - as Marek Starosta
- The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Well Schooled in Murder (2002) - as Barry Summers
- The Famous Five, Five Have a Mystery to Solve (1996) - Emilio
- Agatha Christie's Poirot - Dumb Witness (1996) - as Jacob Tanios
- Soldier Soldier, Staying Together (1993) - as Kurt
- Lovejoy, Benin Bronze (1992) - as Andre
- Cry Freedom (1987) - as Beukes
- Smiley's People (1982) (mini) - as Villem Craven
- The Professionals, Mixed Doubles (1980) - as Serpoy
Selected theatre roles
- Arms And The Man (1989) - as Bluntschli, Royal Exchange Theatre
- A Streetcar Named Desire (1984) - as Stanley Kowalski, Mermaid Theatre
- The Merchant Of Venice (1984) - as Gratiano, Chichester Festival Theatre
- Carrington (1993) - as Mark Gertler, Chichester Festival Theatre
- Dancing At Lughnasa (1990) - as Gerry Evans, Abbey Theatre, Dublin
- I.D. (2003) - as John Vorster, Almeida
- The Merchant Of Venice (2007) - as Shylock, Arcola
- Sweet LIke Suga - (1981/2) Old Red Lion, Centaur Montreal, Theatre 2000 Ottawa, stage play
- The Song Of My father - (1992) BBC Radio 4 60 minute play
- The Crackwalker - (1993) BBC Radio 4 short story
- Where's The Bull? - (1993) LBC Winner London Radio Playwrights Festival
- Dreaming Up Laura - (1995) BBC Radio 4 90 minute play
- The Dead Wait - (2002) Royal Exchange Theatre, stage play
- Almost Heaven - (2005) Feature Film (co-wrote)
- Paul Herzberg at the Internet Movie Database
- Paul Herzberg at the Contemporary Africa Database
- The Dead Wait at the Royal Exchange Theatre