Paul spent ten years working as a professional photographer for the fashion and music press before becoming a film and television director. His first feature, the television adaptation of Irvine Welsh's The Acid House, put him squarely on the map, winning him the RTS Award for Best Newcomer along with the RTS Award for Best Single Drama and a host of other prizes.
Paul followed The Acid House with a string of acclaimed features and counts among his credits such films as Push, Lucky Number Slevin and Gangster No.1. Paul's feature Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, which stars Annette Bening and Jamie Bell was released in 2017 to great reviews.
Paul's television work includes critically and commercially successful dramas Sherlock for BBC/Hartswood, which Paul set-up and directed across two series of the multi award-winning show, and more recently Marvel's Luke Cage, and Designated Survivor: both for ABC/Netflix, and new ABC pilot The Gospel of Kevin, which was picked up for series.