Paul Darrow was born on 2 May 1941 in Surrey, England. He went to Haberdashers Askes School and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He performed with the Bristol Old Vic and started to get acting roles on British TV in the 1960s. After roles in such series' as The Saint (1962) and Doctor Who (1963), he was cast as Avon in the cult BBC science fiction series Blake's 7 (1978). He maintains an association with the classic series. Paul Darrow's interests include Criminology, good food and wine, classical music, the cinema and military history. He supports Manchester City Football Club and was married to the actress Janet Lees-Price.