Paul James Merton (born 9 July 1957) is an English writer, actor, radio and television presenter. Known for his improvisation skill, his humour is rooted in deadpan, surreal and sometimes dark comedy. He is a member of The Comedy Store Players.
His breakthrough as a television performer came in 1988 with Channel 4's improvised comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which moved to TV from BBC Radio 4, though he had previously performed on the channel's Saturday Live and cohosted its series Comedy Wavelength in 1987. He remained on Whose Line until 1993.
He was married to another Whose Line performer, Caroline Quentin, from 1990 to 1997.