As the World Turns
Australian actor Paul Leyden is perhaps best known for portraying Simon Frasier on the daytime soap opera “As the World Turns” (off and on until 2010), from which he picked up two Daytime Emmy nominations. He also had regular roles on the short lived series “LAX” (NBC, 2004-2005) and “Canal Road” (Australia Channel Nine, 2008) and a recurring role on “The Young and the Restless” (2010). In addition, he has guest starred in the popular series “Ghost Whisperer” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
“I would take no money to be on that show! Well, very little. I just think that's great television. It's a great soap opera as well. I mean, it's the best soap opera there is. It's uncensored. You can do what you want. I love the plots, the characters and how they don't take any prisoners on the way.” Paul Leyden (about how he wants to guest star on “Nip/Tuck”)
Leyden runs a production company in Melbourne, Australia, with two friends called Wandering Wolf Productions. He produced, wrote and directed a short called “Bye Bye Sally” in 2009 and is the co-producer and co-writer of the upcoming thriller “The Factory,” which will star John Cusack.
Currently, Leyden resides in Los Angeles, California. In addition to acting, he enjoys outdoor sports and playing the guitar and saxophone. He is married to Estelle Andrewartha.
Childhood and Family:
Paul Augustine Leyden was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on December 16, 1972. He is one of five children born to John and Ros Leyden. In 1998, Paul graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in performing arts. He also holds a degree in economics from Australia's Monash University.
In September 2007, Paul married his longtime girlfriend Estelle Andrewartha in a romantic ceremony attended by family and friends.
After graduating from NIDA, Paul Leyden made his television acting debut in the Australian miniseries “Tribe” (1999), where he appeared in the role of Andrew Jenkins. The cast also included Joanna Cassidy, Craig McLachlan, Nadine Garner, Rachel Blakely and Antonio Sabato Jr. Later that same year, he acted in the series “Farscape,” which was broadcasted in the United States.
Entering the new millennium, Leyden appeared as Chiron in an episode of the television series “BeastMaster” called “The Chameleon” (2000). His big break arrived when the actor won the role of Simon Frasier on the hit CBS daytime soap opera “As the World Turns,” which was created by Irna Phillips. His character appeared on and off the series for many years until 2010. For his work on the series, Leyden earned a Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002) and another nomination for Special Fan Award for America's Favorite Couple, which he shared with Terri Colombino. Leyden also guest starred in “Dragnet” and portrayed Detective Langler in a 2003 episode called “For Whom the Whistle Blows.” The following month, he appeared as Perry Wiliams in an episode of the popular series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” titled “Grief.”
While away from “As the World Turns,” Leyden joined Heather Locklear, Blair Underwood and Frank John Hughes to star in the television dramatic series “LAX.” The series ran from September 2004 to April 2005. After the cancellation of the show, he appeared as Anthony in an episode of the Jennifer Love Hewitt series “Ghost Whisperer” called “Hope and Mercy.”
In 2008, Leyden returned to Australia to headline the dramatic series “Canal Road,” opposite Diana Glenn, Brooke Satchwell, Charlie Clausen and Peta Sergeant. The show debuted on April 16, 2008, on Nine Network to mixed reviews and was canceled after the seventh episode. The network later broadcasted the remaining six episodes during August to December 2008.
In 2009, Leyden portrayed the role of Simon Taylor on “Maneater,” a miniseries that appeared on Lifetime in 2009. The same year, he made his directing debut with the short “Bye Bye Sally,” which he also wrote and produced. It won an Artios for Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Short Film at the 2009 Casting Society of America (USA).
In November 2010, Leyden joined the cast of the popular soap “The Young and the Restless” in the role of Blake Joseph. He appeared in five episodes in November 2010.
Leyden is the co-writer and co-producer of “The Factory,” a thriller directed by Australian filmmaker Morgan O'Neill that stars John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Dallas Roberts, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger, Maxim Roy and Mageina Tovah. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 19, 2011.