Dr. Paul Shirley Browning, Phd is a fictional character from the British Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, played by Joseph Thompson. He made his debut screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 23 January 2012 and was introduced by Emma Smithwick.
The official Hollyoaks ' website describes Browning as being "affectionately known as 'Doctor Sleaze'", explaining that he has an "incredible capacity for Sleaze". They add that the character's "driving motivation is his obsession with Mercedes. He's a man who needs to be in control and is not afraid to use underhand tactics to assert his power over the situation".
Browning pays Mercedes for sex and asks to keep seeing her and gives her more money. When Lynsey resuscitates a DNR patient; Browning tells her that the department are investigating the incident, he admits he forgot to write the patient's DNR request on their notes. He threatens to report Lynsey and Mercedes tries to convince him not to. Mercedes discovers Browning is married and threatens to tell his wife of their relationship if Browning reports Lynsey for resuscitating the DNR patient. He later promises not to report Lynsey who is later given her job back as a nurse. Mercedes later calls Dr Browning and arranges a meeting. She sleeps with him again for money and the next day he goads Lynsey about it. She warns him to stay away from her because Mercedes is not well and accuses him of taking advangtage. He later treats Carmel McQueen (Gemma Merna) for her burn injuries and catches Lynsey attempting to view Simon Walker's (Neil Newbon) medical records.
Doctor Browning first strikes in 2012 when he murders Lynsey Nolan 'To proctect his wife Mercedes McQueen' Walker sees this unaware to Browning,He later runs Clare Devine over in October 2013 after her and Mercedes have a fight .
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After Browning kills Clare Devine by running her down when she's about to attack Mercedes, Browning turns up at the McQueen house, Lindsey Roscoe, Cindy Cunningham and Mercedes find him, and Mercedes attacks him with a shovel, and kills him.