Jon-Paul Gates is an actor who has starred in 45 feature films, predominantly playing the anatagonist. Was born in Greenford, Middlesex. He spent most of his childhood in a village near Doncaster, South Yorkshire and aspired to becoming a professional footballer before his career was cut short through injury and so decided on a career ‘treading the boards’ instead.
He got his first break starring as Allan Hindle in the BBC’s soap, “Eldorado”. Due the show’s unpopularity, he changed his professional name to Jon-Paul Gates in 1994. After various short films and a Channel 4 TV series, “Focus North”, he starred in his first feature film “Coldfish” in 1999, playing the lead role of Alex. In 2001, he secured lead roles in Palm Tree’s “The Hawk & the Dove” and played the anatagonist ‘Ida’ in “Winter Warrior”; which entered the top 10 DVD films in Russia in 2004. From 2002 to 2006 he accumulated more films in Europe; “The Prodigal”, “Red Rose”, “Axeraiders” before trying his luck in the USA. After getting his big break in vampre flick Revamped”, he starred in The Asylum’s Dragon, with Gary Busey in “Beyond the Ring” and Danny Trejo in “Dark Games”. Travelling back and forth, he played the evil priest opposite Jeff Fahey and Martin Kove in “Messages”, Peter in “Carmen’s Kiss” with Hugo Speer and Bruce Payne. Gates has also worked with Bruce Payne on “Tales of the Supernatural”.
Jon-Paul Gates continues to work internationally. After voicing the ‘robotic uvers’ in “Dark Side of Heaven”; an alcoholic in “Blood Forest”; he starred opposite Brian Cox in “Believe” about the 1958 Munich Air Disaster; then the medium in “Haunted” and a photographer high on cocaine in the USA smash hit “Casting Couch”. Recently, he played the lawyer to the new breed of gangsters in “Essex Boys:retribution” selling 67,000 Uk dvds and counting and plays Judge Brack in the hugely anticipated “Hedda Gabler”.