Paul Blackthorne

Paul Blackthorne (born 5 March 1969) is an English actor. Although born in Shropshire, England, he spent his early childhood on British military bases in England and Germany.[1]

Paul Blackthorne
Paul Blackthorne August 2016.jpg
Blackthorne in August 2016.
Born (1969-03-05) 5 March 1969 (age 51)
Years active1998–present

Blackthorne broke into acting via television commercials in England. His breakthrough commercial in the UK came in the Grim Reaper commercial for Virgin Atlantic, which was hugely successful. Numerous radio commercials followed.

Blackthorne's first film role was in the highly successful 2001 Bollywood film Lagaan. Since then, he has mostly appeared in American films and television shows. He had recurring roles in the American series ER and 24, both in 2004, and has been a regular cast member in the series The Dresden Files (2007), in which he played the title character of Harry Dresden, as well as Lipstick Jungle (2008–09) and Arrow (2012–2018).


Blackthorne's first film role was as Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan. He spent six months learning Hindi for the role.

He also starred in the independent feature-length film Four Corners of Suburbia, winner of both the Crossroads Film Festival in Best Narrative Feature (2006) and in the category of Best Composer at the Avignon Film Festival, Avignon, France (2006).

Additional indie film credits include Bret Easton Ellis's This Is Not an Exit, and a starring role in the British film The Truth Game. Blackthorne appeared as Jonas Exiler in Special, with Michael Rapaport.

Blackthorne's directorial debut This American Journey was released in 2013. The road trip documentary film follows Blackthorne and Australian photographer Mister Basquali as they travel across America interviewing everyday Americans about how they feel about their country and their hopes for its future. The film was featured at the Hollywood, Carmel, Ojai and Big Bear Film Festivals. It was released through Cinema Libre Studios. Blackthorne would be joined the cast of Dark Ascension, as "Willis".[2]


In 2002, Blackthorne portrayed British doctor Matt Slingerland on Presidio Med and made notable appearances as Guy Morton in the British television series Holby City, Liam MacGregor in Peak Practice, Doctor Jeremy Lawson in NBC's ER and biological terrorist Stephen Saunders on 24. He also made appearances on Medium in two roles (one uncredited as Henry Stoller, Junior), Deadwood, and an episode of Monk Season 5 Episode 10 "Mr. Monk and the Leper" as quirky dermatologist Aaron Polinski. He appeared as Shane Healy, a British musician and husband of Wendy Healy (played by Brooke Shields), in the NBC series Lipstick Jungle for two seasons. He played an IRA terrorist in the US series Burn Notice in 2009 in one episode. In 2010, he appeared in two episodes of Leverage as an arms dealer and in an episode of CSI: Miami directed by Rob Zombie. Later that year he had a recurring role in The Gates as Christian Harper. Also on 7 December 2010, he appeared in the Christmas episode ("Secret Santa") of the SyFy series Warehouse 13. He appeared in a two-part cliffhanger during the mid-season break of White Collar Season 2.

In the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 series, The Dresden Files, Blackthorne portrayed the lead character, wizard / detective Harry Dresden.

He starred as Clark Quietly in the ABC original paranormal/adventure/horror television series The River about a group of people on a mission to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.

In 2012, Blackthorne joined the main cast of The CW superhero drama series Arrow as Detective Quentin Lance.[3] He left the series at the end of the sixth season in May 2018, but returned in a guest role in the eighth and final season in the episode "Fadeout".[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Paul Blackthorne is also an accomplished photographer. His exhibition, Delhi to Manhattan, appeared at Tibet House US in New York City from April to June 2009, to benefit the Tibetan children of the city of Dharamsala.[5][6]

In 2001, shortly after filming of Lagaan finished in India, the town where filming took place was levelled by an earthquake, including the apartment building in which the cast of Lagaan was staying. To assist the earthquake victims, Blackthorne exhibited his photography in a special show in London.[7][8][9]

Blackthorne is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Romeo Thinks Again Romeo
2000 Rhythm & Blues John
2001 Lagaan Captain Andrew Russell
2001 The Truth Game Dan[10]
2003 Mindcrime Man
2005 Four Corners of Suburbia Walt Samson
2006 Special Jonas Exiler
2008 The Gold Lunch Ex-Husband
2009 A Christmas Carol Guest No. 3 / Business Man No. 2
2012 Justice League: Doom John Corben / Metallo / Henry Ackerson Voice
2013 This American Journey Self[11]
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Emergency Room Doctor Cameo
2017 Dark Ascension Willis
2017 Daisy Winters Robert Stergen


Year Title Character Notes
1999 Jonathan Creek Gino 1 episode, "The Eye of Tiresias"
2000 Rhythm & Blues John[12]
2001 Holby City Guy Morton 11 episodes
2002–03 Presidio Med Dr. Matt Slingerland 13 episodes
2004 Gramercy Park Jack Quinn Unaired pilot
2004 ER Dr. Jeremy Lawson 5 episodes
2004 24 Stephen Saunders 10 episodes
2005 Medium Henry Stoller 1 episode, "I Married a Mind Reader"
2006 Monk Dr. Aaron Polanski 1 episode, "Mr. Monk and the Leper"
2007 The Dresden Files Harry Dresden Lead role, 13 episodes
2007 Big Shots Terrence Hill 9 episodes
2008–09 Lipstick Jungle Shane Healy 20 episodes
2009 Burn Notice Thomas O'Neill 1 episode, "Long Way Back"
2010 Warehouse 13 Larry Newly 1 episode, "Secret Santa"
2010 Leverage Tony Kadjic 2 episodes
2010 CSI: Miami Tony Enright 1 episode, "L.A."
2010 White Collar Julian Larssen 2 episodes
2010 The Gates Christian Harper 6 episodes
2012 The River Clark Quietly 8 episodes
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Professor Tom Laudner 1 episode, "Trends with Benefits"
2012 Necessary Roughness Jack St. Cloud 1 episode, "Mr. Irrelevant"
2012–20 Arrow Quentin Lance Series regular (Season 1–6); Special guest star (season 7); recurring role (season 8)[13]
2015–17 The Flash Special guest star (Season 1 & 4)
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Special guest star (Season 1)
2019 The InBetween Detective Tom Hackett Series regular

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Character Notes
2017 Star Wars Battlefront II Gideon Hask


  1. ^ Eirik Knutzen (26 January 2007). "TV Close-Up: Paul Blackthorne". Bend Weekly News. Bend, Oregon. Archived from the original on 22 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Paul Blackthorne to Star in New Action Movie DARK ASCENSION". Broadway World. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2 March 2012). "'The River's Paul Blackthorne Joins 'Arrow', Jamey Sheridan Set To Play Arrow's Dad". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Arrow's Emily Bett Rickards Shared How Hard It Was To Say Goodbye To Paul Blackthorne". Cinema Blend. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Photography – Paul Blackthorne". Archived from the original on 25 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Milarepa Children's Chorus, Tibet House, Paul Blackthorne's Delhi to Manhattan Exhibit". Flickr – Photo Sharing!.
  7. ^ Интервью с Полом Блэкторном. Выставка упоминается в ответе на 9-ый вопрос. Archived 26 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Paul Blackthorne". Archived from the original on 16 February 2013.
  9. ^ Sheela Raval (25 June 2001). "Making of Lagaan – The nuts and bolts of the epic". India Today. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  10. ^ The Truth Game, Brief Synopsis from The British films Catalogue Archived 28 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Robbie Sherre. "This American Journey".
  12. ^ Rhythm & Blues, Brief Synopsis from The British films Catalogue
  13. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb; Mitovich, Matt Webb (4 November 2019). "Paul Blackthorne Is Arrow's Latest Final-Season Encore – But How?". TVLine. Retrieved 4 November 2019.

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