An Australian actor who grew up in Fremantle , Western Australia, Simon’s talents are well recognised both at home and internationally. He is a graduate of WAAPA and won an AFI award (Australia's premier film and television award) for Best Supporting Actor for his standout performance as Jimmy Loughlin in Chopper, alongside Eric Bana. He has also been AFI award nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Blackrock) and Best Actor in a Tele-feature or Mini-Series (My Brother Jack). He also featured in The Thin Red Line, The Glenmoore Job as well as in various theatre productions and in television programs such as Police Rescue, Heartbreak High, Wildside, Underbelly, Canal Road and he stars as "The King" in the second series of W's Hit show Spirited.
With a reputation for injecting emotion and intensity into every part, Paul’s body of work speaks for itself. Famous for his long-running role as the much-loved nurse Nelson Curtis in Australia’s number one drama All Saints, Paul’s portrayal captured the complexity of a flawed hero struggling with alcoholism.
Refusing to be typecast, Paul created another iconic character, corrupt cop Dennis Kelly, on the critically acclaimed top rating Underbelly franchise. Entrancing and shocking fans and critics by perfectly balancing roguish charm with a seriously amoral streak....
Equally comfortable in comedy and drama, recent performances on television include guest spots and regular roles on Home and Away, Packed to the Rafters, City Homicide, and Rescue Special Ops. Paul’s work in the 2008 feature film, Men’s Group, was instrumental in securing numerous awards in addition to selection at multiple international film festivals. Paul won hearts and impressed critics playing the part of introverted Moses - a troubled man down on his luck. Paul’s credits also include three US telemovies – First Daughter, Diamondback and Airtight.
Paul resides in L.A. with his wife and two daughters.
After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1998 Joanne Priest performed in a wide variety of theatre, television and film productions in Australia. She was nominated for an AFI award in 2002 for her guest role in Love is a Four Letter Word (ABC) and now continues her acting and documentary filmmaking work in the UK. The short film she wrote, directed, produced and starred in, Release, has screened at festivals in the UK and Spain.