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Pavel Douglas, actor





Pavel DouglasPavel Douglas (born 5 January 1951) is a Polish-born, British-based actorknown for GoldenEye (1995), Out There (2008) and Riviera (1991).


He was born in Krakow in Poland, the son of a famous Polish film star and an English born actor mother. They lived in a small flat above the Starry Theatre where Pavel could watch his parents performing from the fly tower above the stage. Fed up with her husband’s iron rule over her failing career and her role as mother, one day she took Pavel to the airport and illegally took him to England. He would never see his father again.  He was naturalised in 1959.


By the end of the 1970s, having been brought up in Scotland and France, he made his first credited television debut with a small part in the TV series Shoestring.


Pavel has just (2010/2011) starred as 'Angie' - less Dame and more MILF, in the adult oriented smash hit pantomime ANTI-PANTO at the Rondo Theatre in Bath. Written by Feargus Dunlop-Wood it is destined to become the leader in its genre and will be back with yet more fabulous costumes and cutting wit next Christmas! 

Pavel's most recent television appearance was as 'Jonathon Owen' in 'Together Alone' a standalone episode of HOLBY CITY directed by Daikin Marsh for BBC One. 

Previously, he appeared as 'Commander John McDowell' in STOCKWELL; a drama covering the last unfortunate day of Jean Charles deMenezes, for ITV. 

I SHOT DIRTY DEN, co-written with Director Andy Burden, completed a highly successful 24 show run at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival where it was awarded a total of 32 Stars from the Critics in a variety of glowing 5, 4,and 3 star reviews! 

In 2007 Pavel was nominated by the BBC for the British Soap Awards as Villain of the Year for his Regular Lead Role as 'Chief Superintendent Leo Jackson' in DOCTORS. With his co-star Diane Keene he picked up BEST SINGLE EPISODE at the Soap Awards and, in the same year, BEST DRAMA at the Midlands Region Royal Television Society Awards. 

Pavel is well known for his many Series Regular Lead roles such as that of 'Lord Felsham' in all 5 series of LOVEJOY, The Gangland Boss 'Gregory Mantel' in EASTENDERS, the Barrister 'Patrick Johnston' in the BBC Series RIVER CITY, and 'Lord Edward Covington' in the International Soap RIVIERA. His credits include HOLLYOAKS, BERGERAC, CAPITAL CITY, FIRST AMONG EQUALS, JAMAICA INN, THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE, 2 series of ROBIN OF SHERWOOD, and WIDOWS. Pavel was Guest Villain 'Nigel Wheeler' in HEARTBEAT for YTV, 'Lord Bern' in the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA for the BBC, and 'Chris Duncan' in SILENT WITNESS/SUPERNOVA again for the BBC. 

He is a fluent French speaker and co-starred in INTRIGUES, a two-hander play for today on French Television. He has had Guest Star billing in various feature films including 'Charles Devon' in PASSPORT TO MURDER for NBC, 'Edouard Astier' in TATTLE TALE for HBO/Canal +, and also 'The French Warship Captain' in GOLDENEYE directed by Martin Campbell for Eon/United Artists.converted-space"> 

In DRIVEN directed by Bharat Nalluri he played the psychotic killer 'Doc', and in 2007 the French 'garagiste' and con man 'Louis' in OUT THERE directed by Ed McGown for White Light Films. 

Pavel was also a Presenter and Compere, and as one of the UK's leading Audio Artistes is, among other things, the voice of 'Big Ears' and 'PC Plod' in the daily MAKE WAY FOR NODDY on British Channel 5. 


Pavel has recently completed a new TV Commercial for Vodafone which began airing in October 2015.

In the summer of 2015, he filmed in Romania as 'Fergus' in A CROWN FOR CHRISTMAS for the Hallmark Channel with co-stars Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones. Directed by Alex Zamm this Christmas Rom-Com is due for release at the end of November this year.

For the third year in succession he will be part of the Actors Table Read Team at The London Screenwriters Festival as both Actor and Director.

He is an alumnus of East 15 Acting School, has been a member of The Natural Theatre Company in Bath since 1976 as an Actor and Director, is a founder member of Fine Artistes, and imin ltd, and is a regular contributor to the Script Factory at the Ustinov Theatre in Bath. 

Theatre credits include The Edinburgh Traverse, The Lindsay Kemp Troupe, Glasgow Citizens, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Sheffield Crucible, Wessex Opera, Hampstead Theatre, and The Bristol Old Vic. 

Behind the cameras he worked extensively in the Costume Departments of Thames Television and HTV. 

As a Theatre Director he has worked in England, France, and the USA.


In 2007, he appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Extraordinary Breastfeeding, where his partner Sophie Pritchard explained why she was still breastfeeding their twins, Zaczyk Lewis and Amelie Rose, as they were growing up.


He has two children by a previous marriage/partnership, Zephyr and Daisy.


Pavel lives in Bath, Somerset.





Pavel's  grandfather is Ronald Macdonald Douglas


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