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Harry Hadden-Paton
Harry Frederick Gerard Hadden-Paton[1]

(1981-04-10) 10 April 1981 (age 40)
(m. 2010)

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,[1] the son of former Cavalry officer Nigel Hadden-Paton, head of a landed gentry family of Rossway, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire,[2] and Sarah ('Bumble'), daughter of Brigadier Frederick Mellor, of The Cottage, Chiddingfold, Surrey.[3][4] He has three sisters: Polly, Clementine, and Alice.[citation needed] 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.[5] 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[6] and Durham University.[5] 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,[7] 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

Film and TV

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),[11] The Deep Blue Sea (2011),[11] The Hollow Crown (2012),[12] and About Time (2013).[11]

From 2016 to 2017, he played the role of Martin Charteris in the first two seasons of the Netflix series The Crown.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 La Vie en rose Doug Davis
2009 In the Loop Civil Servant
2011 The Deep Blue Sea Jackie Jackson
2013 Having You Barry
2013 About Time Rupert[14]
2018 The Little Stranger Dr David Granger
2019 Downton Abbey Herbert "Bertie" Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham


Year Title Role Notes
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"
2013 Drifters Waiter Episode: "Scabies"
2014 Silk Ashton Episode #3.2
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"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
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
2020 Avengers J.A.R.V.I.S.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2017 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Crown Nominated
Downton Abbey 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


  1. ^ a b "Births". The Times. 13 April 1981. p. 24.
  2. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry, 17th edition, ed. L. G. Pine, 1952, 'Hadden-Paton of Rossway' pedigree
  3. ^ Country Life, vol. 151, 1977, p. 1283
  4. ^ "The Guards Magazine".
  5. ^ a b "Harry Hadden-Paton". Official London Theatre. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Eton spawns a new breed of stage and screen luminaries". 21 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  7. ^ "No Naughty Bits – review". 14 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  8. ^ Rooney, David (5 October 2017). "Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton to Lead 'My Fair Lady' Broadway Revival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  10. ^ Paulson, Michael (20 August 2019). "Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  11. ^ a b c "Bio of Harry Hadden-Paton on Broadway, Where to See & Tickets".
  12. ^ "Harry Hadden-Paton | Lincoln Center Theater". Lincoln Center Theater. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  13. ^ "The Crown: Who was the real Martin Charteris?". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Film Review: 'About Time'". Variety Media, LLC. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.