Paul Mescal

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Paul Mescal is 28 years old
Birthplace: Anaheim, Ireland
Best known as: The Oscar-nominated star of the 2022 film Aftersun



Paul Mescal Biography

Paul Mescal is the Irish actor whose strong run of dramatic roles led up to his 2023 Oscar nomination for the 2022 drama Aftersun.

As a teen, Paul Mescal moved to Dublin to study at the Lir Academy, the drama school that’s part of Trinity College. After graduating in 2017 with a bachelor of arts in acting, he plunged into the theater scene in Dublin and London, taking roles in high-profile productions of The Great Gatsby, The Plough and Stars, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

Soon he was making a bigger splash on television, with a leading role in the BBC’s 12-part miniseries Normal People (2020). Mescal starred with Daisy Edgar-Jones as a couple navigating a difficult romance over years in secondary school and college. Blue-eyed and a bit scruffy, Mescal employed what Empire magazine called his “crooked charisma” to maximum effect, earning good reviews and a legion of female fans.

In 2022 he had major roles in two gloomy dramas. In God’s Creatures he played a not-very-nice Irishman accused of sexual assault. In Aftersun, a coming-of-age drama, he played a depressed and struggling Scotsman, the father of an 11-year-old girl with whom he vacations in Turkey. His work in Aftersun earned him nominations as best actor in a leading role for both the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards.

Extra credit

Paul Mescal had a much-publicized relationship with musician Phoebe Bridgers from 2021 until their apparent breakup late in 2022. Note that Phoebe Bridgers is not actress and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.


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