Paul Blackthorne is an English actor and photographer best known for his leading role as Harry Dresden in the short-lived fantasy series The Dresden Files (2007), and for his role as biological terrorist Stephen Saunders on the third season of 24 (2004).
In 2012 he starred in the paranormal horror series The River.
Born and raised in England, Blackthorne's first acting experience came when he was 11 with the National Youth Music Theatre in the UK's first production of The Leaving of Liverpool.
Blackthorne found success with his recurring characters in UK television series Peak Practice and Holby City. He made his U.S. small screen debut as Dr. Matt Slingerland in the drama Presidio Med.
From there, he established himself in Hollywood with roles on such high profile shows as ER, Lipstick Jungle, Dresden Files and, most notably, though with his breakout character of Stephen Saunders in 24. He also held recurring parts on The Gates and White Collar.
In addition to his accomplishments as a television actor, Blackthorne has appeared on the big screen, starring as Captain Andrew Russell in the Oscar-nominated film, Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India.
An accomplished photographer, he was commended for donating the proceeds of his Bollywood Backpack exhibit, which he shot in Bhuj during the filming of Lagaan, to the Red Cross Gujarat Earthquake Relief Fund after the village was destroyed by an earthquake in 2001.
Blackthorne currently resides in Los Angeles.