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  • Paul Mescal is an actor best known for starring in the television series, Normal People.
  • He became one of the biggest new TV stars in 2020.
  • Paul was recently spotted getting coffee with Angelina Jolie and her daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt.

Normal People became one of the big TV hits of 2020 and made stars Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones breakout stars. Paul was a first-time Emmy nominee for his first-ever TV role as Connell in Normal People in 2020 and quickly gained fame. In late Dec. 2022, he was seen getting coffee with Angelina Jolie and her daughter Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in London, England, which further put him in a spotlight. The outing, which can be seen here, took place after the actress and the teen saw Paul’s performance in A Streetcar Named Desire at London’s Almedia Theatre they reportedly were seen engaging in conversation with no one else around.

Find out more about Ryan and his background below.

Normal People was Paul’s first television role.

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Paul Mescal in a scene from ‘Normal People.’ (Hulu)

Needless to say, the role changed Paul’s life forever. Paul and Daisy garnered rave reviews as Connell and Marianne in Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestselling novel. Prior to Normal People, Paul had only appeared in the short film Drifting.

He started dating singer Phoebe Bridgers in 2020.

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Paul and Phoebe pose at a previous event. (AFF-USA/Shutterstock)

The lovebirds were seen together quite a bit up until around the end of 2022. They sparked split speculation when there was a lack of social media photos of them together and Phoebe sang about a breakup on her verse of SZA’sDec. 2022 song “Ghost in the Machine.”

Paul starred in a Rolling Stones music video.

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Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones at the BAFTA TV Awards in July 2020. (AP)

In the music video, which was released in Aug. 2020, Paul dances and lip-syncs in an empty hotel room to “Scarlet.” The song was recorded by the Stones in 1974 with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing the guitar.

He’s a notable stage actor.

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Paul poses for a photo. (Jeff Vespa/Shutterstock)

After graduating from The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin in 2017, Paul starred as Jay Gatsby in the theater production of The Great Gatsby at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. He also starred in Irish theater productions of The Red Shoes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more before his big break in Normal People.

He was a football player before he got into acting.

He was a competitive Gaelic football player for years and thought he was going to pursue that as a career. “I’d been chasing that to some degree. But I never saw it as a valid career choice,” he told GQ. “When it came to applying for colleges, I was putting down law and arts and things that would support playing Gaelic football.” However, everything changed when he participated in The Phantom of the Opera at school. He fell in love with acting.

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