Adrian Paul: A Look at the Life and Career of the Highlander Star

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Adrian Paul Hewett, born May 29, 1959, in London, United Kingdom, is an actor, producer, and director with extensive experience in over 30 films and 200 hours of television. He gained prominence through his role as Duncan MacLeod in the syndicated television series Highlander: The Series, which debuted in October 1992.

Early Life and Career

Adrian Paul made his film debut in the 1988 movie Last Rites alongside Tom Berenger. He also starred in Masque of the Red Death, a modern retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's story. He also appeared in Sheena Easton's "Days Like This" music video as a love interest and Duran Duran's "My Own Way" music video as a dancer.

In 1992, Paul was cast in his most well-known role as Duncan MacLeod in the syndicated television series, Highlander: The Series, which premiered in October of that year. He portrayed the role intermittently for the next 15 years and also starred in Highlander: The Source (2007), and Highlander: Endgame (2000).

Personal Life

Adrian Paul has been married twice. His first marriage was to Meilani Paul from 1990 to 1997. He is currently married to Alexandra Tonelli since 2009. He is the father of three children.

Post-Highlander Career

After his role in Highlander, Adrian Paul continued to act in numerous films and television shows. He featured in The Legend of Roanoke (2007) and The Immortal Voyages of Captain Drake (2009), a sci-fi action comedy in which he choreographed all of the fight scenes.

Additionally, Paul has produced and directed various film and television projects, including Nine Miles Down (2009) and the television series The Heavy Water War (2015).

Adrian Paul on Fame

In an interview with Authority Magazine, Adrian Paul discussed his experience with fame. He expressed a desire for greater understanding of the actors' roles as products with limited shelf life. Paul also noted that industry success depends on both talent and marketability, particularly in today's landscape. He cited frustrations from losing roles not because of unsuitable skills, but due to others' stronger social media presence.

Adrian Paul Now

Adrian Paul, currently 64 years old, remains active in the entertainment industry. He produces movies through his film company, Filmblips, and consults for a new film production company called "Inn Europe".


Adrian Paul's career spans over 30 years, and his most notable role was as Duncan MacLeod in Highlander: The Series. He has continued to act, produce, and direct various projects throughout his career. Although he has achieved success, he stresses the challenges of fame and the significance of comprehending the business side of the entertainment industry.