Paul Anthony Martin Loughran (born on 7th July 1969 in Belfast) played three roles on Coronation Street:

Educated at Methodist College in Belfast, he is best known for the role of Butch Dingle in Emmerdale. ITV viewers also saw him in Blue Murder from 2003 to 2009 playing DS Butchers. For seven years after this, he went back to university and trained to be a primary school teacher, an occupation he worked at in Blackburn until 2016 when he appeared in the television drama Jericho.

During the 1980s when the real voice of Gerry Adams, the President of Sinn Féin, was forbidden from being broadcast in the UK, Loughran's voice was dubbed into recordings of him broadcast on British airwaves.

His other credits include minor roles in The Darling Buds of May; High Boot Benny; Auf Wiedersehen, Pet; The Hothouse; I Fought the Law; The Royal; Ideal; The Baby War; Mobile; The Bill; Heartbeat and Doctors.

He is married with four children.