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Paul gets a rush in latest screen roles

October 10, 2013


A local TV and film extra has landed a double role in a hit movie.

Paul Redfern, 49, appears in Ron Howard-directed biopic Rush, about the rivalry between seventies Formula One racing drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda on the track.

The London Road bit-part actor plays both a trackside spectator and a 1972 policeman in two non-speaking roles.

It is the latest in a series of movie appearances for Paul, who ran a business in Gainsborough before being scouted in a cafe to appear in a Bollywood film.

He played a guest at a Weasley family wedding in the Harry Potter films, and he has also appeared in TV commercials for well-known brands.

Since shooting Rush, he has spent time writing a guide to breaking into the extras industry, called 'Actor/Extra: A Handbook' and he has also been followed around Retford by a film crew for a fly-on-the-wall documentary about his daily life.

"It's just walking and talking, and I visit some of my local haunts, such as K Kleen, which is where I take my own costumes to be cleaned, and Kings Cafe, and the market as well."

Paul is now hoping to break into radio presenting after receiving an offer to front an FM show.

"Being an extra is a lot of work with little earnings - there's always a question mark over where the next job is coming from. Radio is much more stable."

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