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Friday, June 2, 2017

Paul Clayton: Working in fringe theatre is not a second-rate choice by Paul Clayton

It wasn’t part of a career masterplan to stay away from the stage for nine and a half years. It just happened.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Paul Clayton: Beware dangerous digs: creeps, flirts and steaming sheets by Paul Clayton

A very talented young actor I have had the pleasure to mentor in his post-drama-school career is heading off on an eight-month

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Paul Clayton: Sometimes the smallest role can be hard work by Paul Clayton

My in-laws have descended for the weekend. They are charming and it’s always nice to see them, but like all guests they

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Paul Clayton: My stage return beckons – this is no time for farting about by Paul Clayton

Nine years ago I had a touch of Kafka’s Dick at Watford Palace. For a variety of reasons, that was my last

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Friday, February 24, 2017

What’s the secret to getting an agent? by Paul Clayton

You’ve managed to find funding to help you in your dream of being an actor. You’ve scrimped and saved through drama school

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Paul Clayton: It never does you any harm to say hello by Paul Clayton

You might find it hard to believe when confronted by my aristocratic profile and noble bearing, but I was brought up in

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paul Clayton: The key to breaking winter’s spell is action by Paul Clayton

The end of winter can be the cruellest time. The silver gaudy lurex of panto has once more been packed into the

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Paul Clayton: Actor Awareness has blossomed from a simple hashtag by Paul Clayton

Having been on a highly successful diet, and garnering many compliments on my new waistline, I am not in the mood for

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Paul Clayton: My Christmas wish list – less nonsense, for Fox’s sake by Paul Clayton

I’m having a remarkably productive day. I’ve just managed to complete the design for our Christmas card, a task that hangs over

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Paul Clayton: Peter? Dinky? Please just get my name right by Paul Clayton

One of the most pressing problems when I was at drama school in the mid-1970s wasn’t how to get to the heart

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Paul Clayton: It’s vital we help children find the magic in theatre by Paul Clayton

The sky over the stage darkens. Lightning flashes, thunder rolls and Humpty Dumpty precariously balances on the castle walls. Five rows back

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Is it time to give training institutions star ratings? by Paul Clayton

I like to get advice before taking any decision in life. Before deciding on any holiday hotel, I look at the star

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Paul Clayton: Acting can be part of a fulfilling career – even if it’s not all we do by Paul Clayton

The day after moving into our new home, we began unpacking boxes with alacrity. By early afternoon it had all become too

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Paul Clayton: Jane Asher is wrong to call young actors ‘snooty’ by Paul Clayton

The fragrant and cake-baking “stage and TV stalwart” Jane Asher has accused young actors of being “snooty” about what they choose to

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Paul Clayton: Keeping cool isn’t easy when you work with your heroes by Paul Clayton

At the age of 15, I did something that has been an increasingly rare event in my life since. I won a

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Promotional work can pay your bills by Paul Clayton

It’s a hot and moist Saturday afternoon and the chilled foods aisle of my local branch of Waitrose is an ideal place

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Paul Clayton: Would we actors actually survive in a nine-to-five job? by Paul Clayton

How many actors crave a regular job? Is it a deep-seated yearning within us? The same journey to work each day. Regular

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Paul Clayton: Acting is a universal language in Europe and beyond by Paul Clayton

Two days after our country made what is probably the most monumental political decision of a generation, I’m getting out. To Europe.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Drama graduates: one year on by Paul Clayton

I know what you did last summer is not only the title of a schlock horror film from the 1990s, but also

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Paul Clayton: Coping with the vicissitudes of the voice-over booth by Paul Clayton

It’s early on a Tuesday morning and I’m heading into town to spend an hour or so in a glass booth being

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Paul Clayton: Don’t knock the West End until you’ve been to Broadway by Paul Clayton

It’s not unheard of when attending a West End theatre to hear the odd audience moan. “I can’t find the toilet”, “The

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Paul Clayton: How to interview Judi Dench by Paul Clayton

She’s reigned over us for 60 years. We all adore her. We’ve seen her at Balmoral on horseback. We’ve seen her with

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Paul Clayton: The art of forgetting is much harder in the digital age by Paul Clayton

I had cause to write a biog the other day, and rather alarmed myself because I had to turn to IMDb to

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Paul Clayton: If directors can’t hear us actors, they should tell us to speak up by Paul Clayton

You may have heard the rumours. Actually, if they are being circulated by actors, you evidently can’t hear them. The dreaded question

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Paul Clayton: True friendship is the best part you can get by Paul Clayton

On leaving drama school in the late 1970s, it was expected of us as actors that we would fall into employment and

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Paul Clayton: Don’t underestimate the importance of manners by Paul Clayton

“Manners maketh the man.” I’d always had that down as advice from Polonius to Laertes, and if it had been, it might

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Pack your bags and gird your loins – it’s panto time by Paul Clayton

This is the season when actors, singers, dancers, and even ‘people off the telly’ are reaching into cupboards for their largest suitcase.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Paul Clayton: We need to support the Actors Centre to keep it by Paul Clayton

The Actors Centre is an absolutely fantastic place. Ask any actor and they will tell you that. Ask any successful actor where

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Paul Clayton: A campaign needs to be more than just a hashtag by Paul Clayton

There’s a campaign afoot and I do like a good campaign. It can’t have escaped you if you’re a member of the

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Paul Clayton: how familiarity breeds content by Paul Clayton

It’s always nice to go back to a hotel that you have stayed in before and where you had a very good

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Paul Clayton: An actor must master the heat, the cold and toilets by Paul Clayton

Light a cigarette at a bus stop and the bus will come. Book a holiday and your agent will phone with a

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