Jonathan Hyde

Jonathan Stephen Geoffrey King[1] (born 21 May 1948), known professionally as Jonathan “Nash” Hyde, is an Australian-born English actor. Hyde is perhaps best known for roles as Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury in the 1994 film Richie Rich, Samuel Parrish and Van Pelt in the 1995 film Jumanji, J. Bruce Ismay in the 1997 film Titanic, Culverton Smith in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Warren Westridge in Anaconda, and Eldritch Palmer in the FX TV series The Strain. Although an Australian citizen, he has most lived in the United Kingdom since 1969, after his family left from Australia.

Jonathan Hyde
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Hyde at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con
Jonathan Stephen Geoffrey King

(1948-05-21) 21 May 1948 (age 73)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
Years active1972–present
(m. 1980)
Children2; including Georgia King

Early lifeEdit

Hyde was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to a middle-class family. His father was Stephen Geoffrey King, a solicitor.[citation needed] Hyde's interest in law took him to university to study the subject but his passion for performing and the theatre led him to pursue a career in acting. Leaving for London in 1969,[2] he was awarded a coveted place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and won the Bancroft Gold Medal for excellence in his graduating year of 1972.[3] In a 2007 interview with The Age, Hyde said he didn't make a conscious decision to lose his Australian accent after moving to Britain, and that it still "comes and goes."[4]


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 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 Royal Shakespeare Company 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.

Since 2014, he has starred as Eldritch Palmer in the FX TV series The Strain.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Hyde married Scottish soprano Isobel Buchanan in 1980.[6] The couple have two daughters, one of whom is actress Georgia King.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Professionals Tommy Episode, "Killer With A Long Arm"
1980 Phoelix Napier
1985 Screen Two Wilson Barrett Episode: "Poppyland"
An Indecent Obsession Neil Parkinson
A.D. Tigellinus
Honour, Profit and Pleasure Aaron Hill
1986 Caravaggio Baglione
1993 Being Human Francisco
Deadly Advice George Joseph Smith
1994 The Dying Detective Culverton Smith
Richie Rich Herbert Arthur Runcible Cadbury
Cadfael Lord Godfrid Picard Episode, "The Leper of Saint Giles"
I Spy Returns Caesar Baroodi TV Film
1995 Jumanji Samuel Parrish and Van Pelt Double role
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
2000 Eisenstein Meyerhold
The Prince and the Pauper Lord Hertford TV film
2001 Attila Flavius Felix TV miniseries
The Tailor of Panama Cavendish
Princess of Thieves Prince John
2002 Midsomer Murders Frank Smythe-Webster Series 6
Dinotopia Mayor Waldo TV series;
8 episodes
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"
2013 Endeavour Sir Edmund Sloan Series 1 Episode 2 "Girl"
2014–2017 The Strain Eldritch Palmer /
The Master
TV series
2015 Crimson Peak Ogilvie
2016 Tokyo Trial William Webb TV series
2016 FirstBorn Alistair
2016–2018 Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia Walt Strickler (voice) TV series
2017 Breathe Dr. Entwistle
2018 3Below: Tales of Arcadia Walt Strickler (voice) Episode: Last Night on Earth

Theatre workEdit

With the Glasgow Citizens' TheatreEdit

Year Title Role Other notes
1974 Camino Real Casanova
1974 Aufidius Coriolanus
1974 Indians Mr President
1974 Saint Joan of the Stockyards Slift
1975 The De Sade Show De Sade
1975 The Duchess of Malfi the Cardinal
1975 The Government Inspector the Superintendent of Schools
1975 Hamlet Polonius
1975 Romeo and Juliet Capulet
1976 Woyzeck the Doctor
1976 What the Butler Saw Rance
1976 Seven Deadly Sins the Mother
1976 Mirandolina Forlipopoli
1976 Masquerade Sprich
1977 Chinchilla Levka/Gabriel
1977 The Country Wife Dorilant
1977 Figaro Bartolo
1977 The Importance of Being Earnest Lady Bracknell
1979 Good Humoured Ladies Silvestra

With the Royal Shakespeare CompanyEdit

Return to Stratford as Associate ArtistEdit

Other theatre workEdit


  1. ^ International Who's Who in Classical Music 2009, Routledge, 2009, p. 115
  2. ^ "BIOGRAPHY | Jonathan Hyde".
  3. ^ Jonathan Hyde. "BIOGRAPHY | Jonathan Hyde". Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "'The Strain': Carlton Cuse on That Massive, "Catalyzing" Season Finale Twist". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  6. ^ International Who's Who in Classical Music 2009, Routledge, 2009, p. 115
  7. ^ "Georgia King Biography". IMDB. Retrieved 13 July 2017.[unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Sheffield Theatres: Julius Caesar". Sheffield Theatres. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Sheffield Theatres: Frost/Nixon". Sheffield Theatres. Retrieved 18 March 2017.

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