Harry Hadden-Paton Biography


Birthday: April 10, 1981 (Aries)

Born In: London, England

Harry Hadden-Paton is a British actor who garnered popularity for portraying Herbert Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham, in the television series ‘Downton Abbey’. He is also known for his performance as Professor Henry Higgins in the Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of ‘My Fair Lady’ on Broadway. A native of London, Hadden-Paton is a member of a landed gentry family of Rossway, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. He attended Eton College and Durham University and later received training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). After graduating, he began his career on stage and gradually established himself as a prolific stage actor. He made his screen debut in an episode of ‘The Amazing Mrs Pritchard’ in 2006. His cinematic debut came a year later in the French-British-Czech film ‘La Vie en Rose’. In the next few years, he played supporting roles in various projects before being cast in ‘Downton Abbey’. He has also appeared in ‘The Crown’ as Martin Charteris and in ‘Versailles’ as Gaston de Foix. For ‘My Fair Lady’, he has been nominated for Tony, Grammy, Drama Desk, and Drama League awards.
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British Celebrities Born In April

Also Known As: Harry Frederick Gerard Hadden-Paton

Age: 42 Years, 42 Year Old Males


father: Nigel Hadden-Paton

mother: Sarah Mellor

siblings: Alice, Clementine, Polly

Born Country: England

Actors British Men

City: London, England

Notable Alumni: Durham University

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education: Durham University, Eton College, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

awards: 2017 · The Crown; Downton Abbey - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2018 · My Fair Lady - Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical
2019 · My Fair Lady - Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album

2018 · My Fair Lady - Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
2011 · Posh - WhatsOnStage Award for Best Ensemble Performance
2018 · My Fair Lady - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2018 · My Fair Lady - Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
2012 · Flare Path - WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play

Stage Career
After completing his course at LAMDA in 2006, Harry Hadden-Paton became active in the London theatre scene. He received commendations for portraying Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Battersea Arts Centre and John Worthing in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ at the Theatre Royal Bath. He continued to deliver outstanding performances as Captain Jack Absolute in ‘The Rivals’ at The Southwark Playhouse, Hohenzollern in ‘The Prince of Homburg’ at The Donmar Warehouse, and Harry Villiers in the 2010 première of ‘Posh’ at the Royal Court.
In 2011, he essayed the role of Teddy Graham in Theatre Royal Haymarket’s revival of Terence Rattigan’s ‘Flare Path’. In the next few years, he performed as Michael Palin in the original production of Steve Thompson's ‘No Naughty Bits’ at the Hampstead Theatre, Alsamero in The Young Vic's popular production of ‘The Changeling’, and Phillip in the successful revival of Alexi Kaye Campbell's ‘The Pride’ at The Trafalgar Studios. His first Broadway production was the 2018 revival of ‘My Fair Lady’. Cast as Professor Henry Higgins, Hadden-Paton was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, and Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance. He was one of the recipients of the Theatre World Award for the play.
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Television & Film Career
In 2006, Harry Hadden-Paton debuted on the small screen in an episode of the BBC TV drama series ‘The Amazing Mrs Pritchard’. In 2007, he worked in his first film ‘La Vie en Rose’. He was cast as Jackie Jackson in the cinematic adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s play ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ (2011). He portrayed Marlow in Jamie Lloyd's production of ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ at The National Theatre and the 2012 big-screen adaptation of the play. In 2013, he was part of the cast of two films, comedy-drama ‘Having You’ and romantic fantasy drama ‘About Time’.
In 2018, he shared the screen space with Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and Ruth Wilson in the mystery horror film ‘The Little Stranger’. Throughout his career, Hadden-Paton has guest-starred in TV shows like ‘Hotel Babylon’ (2007), ‘Waking the Dead’ (2008), ‘The Hollow Crown’ (2012), ‘Silk’ (2014), and ‘Informer’ (2018). He essayed the role of CS Charles Addison in Damon Thomas’ ‘Walter’.
Between 2014 and 2015, he portrayed Herbert “Bertie” Pelham, 7th Marquess of Hexham, a suitor and eventual husband of Lady Edith Crawley, in the ITV historical period drama series ‘Downton Abbey’. The characters get married in the 2015 Christmas special, which brought the show to a conclusion. Hadden-Paton reprised his role in the 2019 cinematic sequel of the show.
In 2015, he played Hans von Enke in two episodes of the BBC series ‘Wallander’, which is based on the Swedish novelist Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels. In both seasons of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’, he played the recurring character Martin Charteris, who was an army officer and courtier of Queen Elizabeth II.
In the second season (2017) of the Franco-Canadian historical fiction series ‘Versailles’, which aired on Canal+, Hadden-Paton was cast as Gaston de Foix. He has served as a voice actor on several video games, including the ‘Divinity’ series, ‘Dragon Age’ series, ‘Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward’, and ‘Vampyr’.
Family & Personal Life
Harry Hadden-Paton was born on April 10, 1981, in London, England, to Nigel Hadden-Paton and Sarah ('Bumble'). His father is a retired cavalry officer and the patriarch of a landed gentry family of Rossway, near Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. His maternal grandfather is Brigadier Frederick Mellor, of The Cottage, Chiddingfold, Surrey. He grew up with three sisters, Polly, Clementine, and Alice. His godmother is Sarah, Duchess of York. Hadden-Paton was educated at Eton College and Durham University. Later, he attended LAMDA.
He and actress Rebecca Night met after being cast together on ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. The couple tied the knot in May 2010 and has two daughters together, Martha and Audrey.

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