Paul Opacic

Paul Opacic (born 14 February 1966 in Halifax) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles as Jules in Only Fools and Horses, Carl Costello in Hollyoaks, Steve Marchant in Emmerdale and Mark Waddle in Bad Girls.

Paul Opacic
Paul Opacic

(1966-02-14) 14 February 1966 (age 54)
Years active1991–present
Notable work
Emmerdale (1996–1999)
Bad Girls (2001–2002)
The Chase (2006–2007)
Hollyoaks (2010–2013, 2018)


After racking up several minor television credits in the early 1990s, including comedies Only Fools and Horses and Birds of a Feather, it was in 1996 that Opacic got his big break when he was cast in Emmerdale as Steve Marchant, a new love interest for Kim Tate. Opacic enjoyed several high-profile storylines in his time on the show,[1] before his character was axed by producer Kieran Roberts in 1999.[2]

Opacic's successful stint in Emmerdale led to later appearances in Heartbeat, Doctors and Peak Practice before he joined ITV prison drama Bad Girls in 2001 at the beginning of its third series playing officer Mark Waddle. Opacic quit the series the following year and last appeared at the end of the fourth series. In the ensuing years he appeared in several minor roles in programmes such as Cold Feet, The Bill and Totally Frank.

In 2006, he joined the cast of the new BBC drama The Chase in a supporting role[3] and remained with the show until it was cancelled in 2007.[4] Further television credits include The Royal, Holby City and most recently Waterloo Road, in which he portrayed the neglectful father of one of the school pupils Finn Sharkey.

In early 2010, it was stated that Lucy Allan had quit the position of executive producer of Hollyoaks and that Paul Marquess had taken over the role.[5] It was soon announced that Marquess planned to give Hollyoaks a "shake up", changing the productions team[6] and beginning a cast cull by axing established characters.[7] He cast Opacic in a new central family in the soap opera, also stating he would play the role of Carl Costello.[8] an ex-footballer and the new landlord of the show's fictional pub.[9] He made his first appearance on the show on 19 July 2010.

In October 2012 Paul starred as Bob in the production Rita, Sue and Bob Too at the Theatre Royal in St. Helens.

Opacic departed Hollyoaks in 2011 but returned in 2012 for the funeral of his on-screen son Riley Costello and again in 2013 to coincide with the exit of his on-screen former lover, Mitzeee Minniver (Rachel Shenton).


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Only Fools and Horses Jules Series 7
1991 4 Play Biker
1991 Birds of a Feather Hairdresser
1992 Lovejoy Andrew
1992 Screen Two Jeff
1992 Sam Saturday DC Knights 4 episodes
1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles French Officer
1992 Screen One Policeman 1
1993 Love Hurts Musician
1993 All in the Game Weeks
1994 Men of the World Young Man from Top Clothes
1996–1999 Emmerdale Steve Marchant Series regular
1996 Element of Doubt Traffic Policeman
1996 A Secret Slave Kumari's Solicitor
1999 Triple Exposure
2000, 2008 Doctors Rick
Simon Amley
2000 Heartbeat Graham Rysinski 3 episodes
2001 Peak Practice Mark Kershaw
2001–2002 Bad Girls Mark Waddle Series regular; 19 episodes
2003, 2008 Holby City Carl Jeffries
Kevin Mathers
2003 Cold Feet Howard Trigg
2003 The Bill Nikitsa Severic 3 episodes
2004 In Denial of Murder Detective
2004 Murder in Suburbia Matt
2004 A Thing Called Love Rich Allen
2005 Vincent Andrew McCormack
2005–2006 Totally Frank Thom 5 episodes
2006–2007 The Chase Adrian Huby Series regular; 16 episodes
2007 The Royal Gideon Bradley
2008 Sofia's Diary Simon Taylor
2009 Salvage Corporal Simms
2010 Waterloo Road Ryan Sharkey
2010–2013, 2018 Hollyoaks Carl Costello Series regular (134 episodes)
2017 The Moorside Detective Superintendent Paul Brennan


  1. ^ "Emmerdale ratings go with a bang". BBC. 21 October 1998. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  2. ^ Wright, Matthew (3 September 1998). "Murder on the Farm; Emmerdale trio axed". The Mirror. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  3. ^ "BBC Press Office – The Chase". BBC. 12 July 2006. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  4. ^ Dadds, Kimberley (11 July 2007). "Primetime BBC One dramas to be axed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  5. ^ Green, Kris (15 January 2010). "'Hollyoaks' producer Allan quits soap". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  6. ^ Green, Kris (11 February 2010). "New 'Hollyoaks' boss shakes up production". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  7. ^ Green, Kris (8 March 2010). "'Hollyoaks' producer axes 11 more". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Hollyoaks reveals new signings". Holy Soap. Five). 13 April 2010. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  9. ^ Green, Kris (12 April 2010). "'Hollyoaks' announces raft of new castings". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2010.

10. Paul appearing at The Theatre Royal, St. Helens.

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