Harry Frederick Gerard Hadden-Paton
10 April 1981
Harry Frederick Gerard Hadden-Paton (born 10 April 1981) is a British actor. He is perhaps best known for his television role as Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham, in the television series Downton Abbey.
Hadden-Paton played the lead role of Henry Higgins in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of My Fair Lady on Broadway, a performance for which he was nominated for the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Hadden-Paton was born at Westminster Hospital in London, the son of former Cavalry officer Nigel Hadden-Paton, head of a landed gentry family of Rossway, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and Sarah ('Bumble'), daughter of Brigadier Frederick Mellor, of The Cottage, Chiddingfold, Surrey. He has three sisters: Polly, Clementine, and Alice. He is the godson of Sarah, Duchess of York.
He is married to fellow actor Rebecca Night, whom he met while performing in The Importance of Being Earnest. They have been married since 2010 and have two daughters, Martha and Audrey. Hadden-Paton and Night co-starred in the fall of 2019 in The King's Speech at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Hadden-Paton was educated at Eton College and Durham University. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Since leaving LAMDA in 2006, Hadden-Paton has established himself as a leading stage actor. He was commended in the 2007 Ian Charleson Awards for his appearances in Romeo and Juliet at the Battersea Arts Centre and as John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, directed by Peter Gill. His stand-out performances continued with Captain Jack Absolute in The Rivals at the Southwark Playhouse, as Hohenzollern in The Prince of Homburg at the Donmar Warehouse, and as Harry Villiers in the 2010 première of Posh at the Royal Court.
In 2011, he appeared as Teddy Graham in the Olivier Award-winning revival Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and as Jackie Jackson in a film adaptation of The Deep Blue Sea, both marking the centenary of their author, the English playwright Terence Rattigan.
Following the success of Flare Path he has appeared as Michael Palin in the premiere of Steve Thompson's No Naughty Bits at the Hampstead Theatre, as Marlow in Jamie Lloyd's production of She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, as Alsamero in the Young Vic's iconic production of The Changeling, and as Phillip in the hit revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride at the Trafalgar Studios. Hadden-Paton made his Broadway debut playing Henry Higgins in a revival of My Fair Lady, for which he received Tony and Grammy award nominations.
In 2021, Hadden-Paton will originate a leading role in the new musical Flying Over Sunset, directed by James Lapine. The production will begin in early 2021 at Lincoln Center Theater.
On television, he is best known for playing Bertie Pelham, the Marquess of Hexham, suitor of Lady Edith Crawley on Downton Abbey; their characters were married in the 2015 Christmas special that concluded the series. He has also starred in Midsomer Murders, The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, Hotel Babylon, Silk, Waking the Dead, Drifters, Walter, Wallander, and Grantchester.
He is also notable for appearances in the Oscar-winning La Vie en Rose (2007), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), The Hollow Crown (2012), and About Time (2013).
From 2016 to 2017, he played the role of Martin Charteris in the first two seasons of the Netflix series The Crown.
|2007||La Vie en rose||Doug Davis|
|2009||In the Loop||Civil Servant|
|2011||The Deep Blue Sea||Jackie Jackson|
|2018||The Little Stranger||Dr David Granger|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Herbert "Bertie" Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham|
|2006||The Amazing Mrs Pritchard||Hilary's advisor||Episode #1.3|
|2007||Hotel Babylon||Lisa's new man||Episode #2.4|
|2008||Waking the Dead||James Malham||‘Duty and Honour: Part 1 & 2”|
|2012||The Hollow Crown||Green||Episode: "Richard II"|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||Lawrence Janson||Episode: "Written in the Stars"|
|2014||Walter||CS Charles Addison||Television film|
|2014||Grantchester||William Calthorpe||Episode #1.2|
|2014–15||Downton Abbey||Herbert "Bertie" Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham||7 episodes|
|2015||Wallander||Hans von Enke||“A Lesson in Love”, “The Troubled Man”|
|2016–17||The Crown||Martin Charteris||11 episodes|
|2017||Versailles||Gaston||TV Series, 10 episodes|
|2018||Informer||Sid Powell||Episode: "Strawberry Fields"|
|2013||Divinity: Dragon Commander||Edmund / Yorrick / Grumio|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Male Inquisitor (British Accent)|
|2015||Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward||Artoirel|
|2015||Dragon Age: Inquisition – Trespasser||Male Inquisitor (British Accent)|
|2015||Sword Coast Legends||Dalanir Ch'fyr|
|2017||Divinity: Original Sin II||The Red Prince|
|2018||Vampyr||Clarence / Ichabod / Lord Finney / Swansea|
|2017||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||The Crown||Nominated|
|2018||Tony Award||Best Actor in a Musical||My Fair Lady||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actor in a Musical||Nominated|
|Theatre World Award||Honoree|
|2019||Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Nominated|