Paul Birchard is an American actor living in Scotland and working worldwide. In 1986 he wrote and recorded the song "Diamonds Rap (We Are The Diamonds)", promoting the Glasgow Diamonds American football team. CBS Sports created a video package called the "CBS Video Bowl" for the half-time interval of their worldwide broadcast of the Super Bowl in January 1987, and in a countdown from seven to one, "Diamonds Rap (We Are The Diamonds)" beat more polished rap videos by NFL teams to take the top spot.
Some of his most notable roles have been at the National Theatre. He also played Benjamin's father in the London run of The Graduate. Birchard's more recent roles have been in Spooks as a rogue CIA operative, in Inherit the Wind at the Old Vic in London, where he played the town mayor and was understudy to Kevin Spacey, and in Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh . He provided the voice over for 1998 computer game Plane Crazy (video game) as well as voice of one of the main characters in Crysis 2 in 2011.
Birchard produced, directed and appeared in the feature length documentary film U & Me & Tennessee: An American Romance..., which deals with the epistolary romance between playwright Tennessee Williams and Konrad Hopkins. This film was an official selection at the Raindance Film Festival and at the Mardi Gras Film Festival.