- Category : Actor
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (6,12,45)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 2
Adrian Paul Hewett (born 29 May 1959), better known as Adrian Paul, is an actor best known for his role on the television series Highlander: The Series as Duncan MacLeod. In 1997, he founded the Peace Fund charitable organisation.
Paul was born in London, in 1959, the first of three brothers to an Italian mother and a British father. Paul first became a model, then a dancer and choreographer. In 1985, he left Europe for the United States to pursue a dance and modelling career.
Paul has spent time in the theatre with numerous plays, the most notable of which was a guest appearance in Beauty and the Beast which he has stated helped shape his acting ability.
He was cast in the role that would bring him to the most prominence to date, that of Duncan MacLeod in the syndicated television series Highlander: The Series, in 1992. Paul also starred in the spin-off film, Highlander: Endgame (2000), and the fifth Highlander film: Highlander: The Source, released as a made-for-TV film on the SCI-FI channel on 15 September 2007.
His first role was on the ABC television series, The Colbys as the Russian ex-patriate ballet dancer, Kolya (1987–1988). This was followed by guest appearances on the television shows Beauty and the Beast (1987), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Tarzan (1991), Relic Hunter (1999), and as himself in WWF SmackDown (1999). He appeared in a January 2003 episode of Charmed and off Broadway in the play Bouncers. He also appeared in the made-for-TV films Shooter (1988) and The Cover Girl Murder (1993) which starred Lee Majors.
He appeared in a regular role in the second season of the television series War of the Worlds (1989–1990) as John Kincaid, three episodes of Dark Shadows (1991) as Jeremiah Collins, and made a pilot for CBS Television for a series called The Owl (1991). In 2001, he starred in Tracker.
Paul's first film appearance was in the 1988 film Last Rites, which starred Tom Berenger. He starred in the remake of The Masque of the Red Death (1989), a re-telling of the Edgar Allan Poe tale. He also appeared in Sheena Easton's "Days Like This" music video as her love interest and Duran Duran's "My Own Way" music video as a dancer.
Other films which he has starred or co-starred are Dance to Win (also known as War Dancing) (1989), Love Potion No. 9 (1992) as Enrico Pazzoli, Dead Men Can't Dance (1997), Susan's Plan (also known as Dying to Get Rich) (1998), Merlin: The Return (1999) as Lancelot, Convergence (also called Premonition) (1999), The Void (2001), The Breed (2001), Code Hunter (2002), Nemesis Game (2003) Throttle (2005), and Phantom Below (also known as Tides of War) (2005). In 2006 he co-starred in the horror film Séance and in Little Chicago. He also starred as Ananias Dare in the Sci Fi original film Wraiths of Roanoke (2007). In 2008 he began voice acting the character of Patrick O'Brien in the animated War of the Worlds television show. He starred as Sir Francis Drake in the Sci Fi original film The Immortal Voyage of Captain Drake (2009), and the futuristic thriller Eyeborgs. Upcoming projects include the thriller/drama The Heavy.
Paul married actress and former "'Uh-Huh' Girl" Meilani Paul in 1990 but the couple later divorced in 1997. Paul has two children with long-time girlfriend Alexandra Tonelli: Angelisa Valentina Rose (born 8 January 2010) and Royce Paul (born 16 July 2012).