Paul Blackthorne is an English actor. Although born in Shropshire, England, he spent his early childhood on British military bases in England and Germany. Blackthorne broke into acting via television commercials in England. His breakthrough commercial in the UK came in the Grim Reaper commercial for Virgin Atlantic, which was hugely successful. Numerous radio commercials followed. Blackthorne's first film role was in the highly successful 2001 Bollywood film Lagaan.