Jonathan Hyde

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Jonathan Hyde
File:Jonathan Hyde by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Hyde at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International
Born (1948-05-21) 21 May 1948 (age 75)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Isobel Buchanan

Jonathan "Nash" Hyde (born 21 May 1948) is an Australian-born English actor, best known for his role as the loyal butler, Herbert Cadbury, in Richie Rich, J. Bruce Ismay in 1997 hit film Titanic, Warren Westridge in Anaconda, Sam Parrish/Van Pelt in Jumanji and Eldritch Palmer in the FX TV series The Strain.

Early life

Hyde was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to an average middle class family. His father was Stephen Geoffrey King, a successful solicitor. Hyde had no interest in being the third generation of the family law firm, and left for London in the late 1960s.[citation needed]


Hyde is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Among other roles, he played Ferdinand in a 1985 production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is an Associate Member there.[citation needed] He was an original cast member of Not the Nine O'Clock News, the first series of which was pulled from broadcast because of the General Election of 1979. Hyde played J. Bruce Ismay, the managing director of the White Star Line in Titanic, Egyptologist Allen Chamberlain in The Mummy, and Sam Parrish/Van Pelt, the hunter in Jumanji. He has been in numerous films including The Contract, The Curse of King Tut's Tomb, Land of the Blind, The Tailor of Panama, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, Eisenstein and Anaconda.

He appeared in the 1989 BBC miniseries Shadow of the Noose in which he played barrister Edward Marshall Hall. He has also appeared in several television mysteries, including The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett and Midsomer Murders as Frank Smythe-Webster.

In 2007, Hyde played Dr. Dorn in Chekhov's The Seagull and the Earl of Kent in King Lear for the RSC in a repertory company that included Ian McKellen, Frances Barber, Romola Garai, William Gaunt and Sylvester McCoy. Both plays toured together internationally, before taking up residence in the New London Theatre. The final performance was on 12 January 2008. He reprised his role of Kent in the 2008 television film of King Lear.

In the final series of BBC's popular series Spooks, Hyde played Ilya Gavrik, a Russian Minister.

Hyde appeared as Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist in the West End production of The King's Speech at Wyndham's Theatre.

He also appeared on the rap supergroup Westside Connection's first studio album Bow Down on the intro on the album.

Since 2014 he has starred as Eldritch Palmer in the FX TV series The Strain.

Personal life

Hyde is married to Scottish soprano Isobel Buchanan. The couple have two daughters, one of whom is actress Georgia King.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Other notes
1980 Phoelix Napier
1985 An Indecent Obsession Neil Parkinson
A.D. Tigellinus
1986 Caravaggio Baglione
1993 Being Human Francisco
Deadly Advice George Joseph Smith
1994 The Dying Detective Culverton Smith
Ri¢hie Ri¢h Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury
Cadfael Lord Godfrid Picard Episode, "The Leper of Saint Giles"
1995 Jumanji Samuel Alan Parrish/Hunter Van Pelt
Bliss Dr. Oliver Pleasance TV film
1996 A Touch of Frost Dr. Keith Michaelson
1997 Titanic J. Bruce Ismay
Anaconda Warren Westridge
1999 The Mummy Dr. Allen Chamberlain/Egyptologist
2000 Eisenstein Meyerhold
2000 The Prince and the Pauper Lord Hertford TV film
2001 Attila Flavius Felix TV miniseries
2001 The Tailor of Panama Cavendish
Princess of Thieves Prince John
2002 Midsomer Murders Frank Smythe-Webster Series 6
Dinotopia Mayor Waldo TV series- 13 episodes
2002 Vacuums Edwin Snipe
2004 Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking George Pentney TV film
2006 The Curse of King Tut's Tomb Morgan Sinclair
The Contract Turner
Land of the Blind Smith
2007 The Seagull Dorn
2008 King Lear Kent TV film
2011 Spooks Ilya Gavrik Series 10
2013 Foyle's War Colonel Galt Series 7 Episode 2 "The Cage"
2014 - Present The Strain Eldritch Palmer TV series

Theatre work

With the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre

With the Royal Shakespeare Company

Return to Stratford as Associate Artist

Other theatre work

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