Paul has been Master of Ceremonies for many events and corporate functions from Miss South Africa to the President’s Techno Awards at Gallagher Estates. He is also a South African actor, singer, television presenter and auctioneer best known for his role as Dr Adam Fischer on the M-Net soap opera Egoli: Place of Gold and Simon Rossouw in Generations.
In 1983 he started drama and has done more than 30 stage productions, musicals and straight theatre.
He has appeared in a number of television shows, ranging from TV presenting to acting. Paul was the master of Ceremonies at two Miss South Africa pageants.
Paul is a qualified auctioneer; he received an auctioneering diploma in 2004 and not long there after he started his own IT company called Philadelphia Technologies.
Paul is a dedicated hard worker and apart from acting, he is also a renowned singer, releasing his first single in 1988 with Mountain Records. He also worked for M-Net on Bon Voyage, Shop-a-Mania, RCI Summer Festivals, M-Net Film Awards and Front Row.
Interview with Paul Buckby:
Paul, how did you get into the entertainment industry?
It all started from a very young age. I had an inherent ability to entertain an audience, albeit it friends or family. It went onto the school stage and after that almost straight onto the professional stage at The Baxter Theatre in 1983. I played JOHN in Peter Krummeck's play THE PASSION.
Children's theatre then took most of my time which is an excellent training school for actors. CAPAB made use of me for a few years and before long, I was working for Pieter Toerien in Johannesburg. I enjoyed leads in musicals around the country for 10 years. TV eventually became my focus, starring in soapies or drama series for most of the networks. This last Xmas, I played the KING in THE KING AND I at The Civic in JHB and relished my return to the musical stage.
You are so versatile: stage, music, television... do you have a preference?
Musical Theatre is my favourite form of showbiz.
You were very convincing as Dr. Adam in Egoli. Are you as weird as him in real life?
I am not like Adam in his extreme, no. I do, like everyone else, have quirks and idiosyncrasies. When I eat and go for seconds, I like to clean my plate first. Every serving deserves an opening night! I don't like sharing my ice-cream, or eating off someone else's fork.
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