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Clyde with Patty Duke on The Patty Duke Show, 1965.
|Born||Michael Thomas Clyde
22 March 1941
Dorney, Buckinghamshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Vanessa Field (married 1970; divorced; 2 children)|
Michael Jeremy Thomas Clyde (born 22 March 1941) is an English actor and musician. He made his first public appearance as a pageboy at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom in 1953. During the 1960s, he was one half of the folk duo Chad & Jeremy, who had little success in the UK but were an object of interest to American audiences. He has enjoyed a long television acting career, and continues to appear regularly, usually playing upper-middle class or aristocratic characters.
Clyde was born in the village of Dorney in the English county of Buckinghamshire, and is the son of Lady Elizabeth Wellesley. Through his maternal line, Clyde is the grandson of Gerald Wellesley, 7th Duke of Wellington and the nephew of the current Duke of Wellington, Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington.
Clyde was educated at two independent schools: at Ludgrove School in the civil parish of Wokingham Without, adjoining the market town of Wokingham in the English county of Berkshire, and at Eton College in the small town of Eton, near Windsor (also in Berkshire), followed by the University of Grenoble in France.
In 1965, Clyde appeared in Passion Flower Hotel, a stage musical written by John Barry and Trevor Peacock, at The Prince of Wales theatre, London. It also featured Jane Birkin, Francesca Annis, Pauline Collins, Nicky Henson and Bill Kenwright.
In 1969, he appeared in 'Conduct Unbecoming' as part of the original cast, which included Paul Jones. He also travelled to the US as part of the original Broadway cast.
Clyde once guest-starred in an episode of the American sitcom My Three Sons, when Chip Douglas is excited that someone from Liverpool was coming to visit and expected him to be a talented musician, implying the success of The Beatles. (The episode aired during the height of Beatlemania.) He appeared in the BBC TV adaptation of Moll Flanders in 1975, and in 1979 he played Godfried Schalcken in the BBC's television horror story Schalcken the Painter. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of villainous Austrian Imperial Governor Hermann Gessler in the 1980s action series Crossbow, which incorporated Clyde's ability to convey evil in a distinctly aristocratic way. His other notable acting role was as Dick Spackman in the ITV sitcom Is it Legal?. He starred as Algernon Moncrieff in 1985 in the Great Performances production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest opposite Gary Bond as Jack Worthing and Dame Wendy Hiller as Lady Bracknell.
In 2002, Clyde appeared in The Falklands Play (a BBC dramatisation of the Falklands War) as Sir Nicholas Henderson, the British Ambassador to the United States at the time. In 2004, he appeared in the BBC drama series The Alan Clark Diaries as British Conservative politician Jonathan Aitken and also appeared in the BBC drama series Ashes To Ashes as the Superintendent which was aired in 2008.
His film career has included roles in The Great St Trinian's Train Robbery (1966), Silver Bears (1978), North Sea Hijack (1979) starring Roger Moore, Invitation to the Wedding (1983), Wilt (1989), Splitting Heirs (1993), The Musketeer (2001) and The Iron Lady (2011).
Clyde is divorced from Vanessa Field, whom he married in 1970. They have two children.