Paddy Considine is a highly acclaimed film actor and director born 5 September 1974, in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Considine, who studied BA(Hons) Photography at the University of Brighton, won a BAFTA for his ‘Outstanding British Debut’ in 2012 out of an impressive field of nominees. The film that brought him this acclaim, Tyrannosaur (2011), is a social-realist study of a self-destructive man who earns a chance of redemption through Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

Whilst still a student, Considine had a series of photographic portraits published in the Guardian, and following graduation, whilst editing a documentary he had made entitled Ex-Boxers, he met director Shane Meadows, who asked him to audition for the part of troubled loner Morell, in A room for Romeo Brass made in 1999.

Considine’s acting career then took off with a number of film and TV roles including, Pawlikowski’s My Summer of Love, Dead Man’s Shoes, Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe and Renee Zelwegger, and a role playing the friend of Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones in Stoned (2005), The Bourne Ultimatum and Hot Fuzz (2007) and the starring role in the TV dramatisation of Kate Summerscale’s best-selling book about an infamous Victorian murder: The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2011). Along with leading roles, Considine has had significant supporting roles in 24 Hour Party People (2002), Born Romantic (2000), The Martins (2001), working alongside Kathy Burke, Steve Coogan, and Jane Horrocks.

Commenting about his experience at Brighton, Paddy said: “It made me. I discovered how to translate stuff from your head and your guts and put it into something.”