Jonathan Hyde (born 21 May 1948) is an Australian-born English actor.
Early life 
Hyde was born in Brisbane, Queensland to an average middle class family. He is best known for his role as Sir J. Bruce Ismay in 1997 hit film Titanic.
He 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 graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and is an Associate Member there. 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, Herbert Cadbury, the loyal butler in Richie Rich 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, The Mummy, 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 RSC 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.
Personal life 
Hyde is married to Scottish soprano Isobel Buchanan. The couple have two daughters, one of whom is actress Georgia King.
Theatre work 
With the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre 
With the Royal Shakespeare Company 
- Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet (Ron Daniels, RST, Aldwych)
- Edgar in the Michael Gambon King Lear (Adrian Noble, RST, Barbican)
- Octavius in the Gambon/Helen Mirren Antony and Cleopatra (TOP, Pit)
- Oliver in As You Like It (Terry Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Richmond in Richard III (Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Aumerle in Richard II (Hands, RST, 1980, Aldwych, 1981)
- Tom Nightwork in The Swan Down Gloves (Ian Judge/Hands, RST, 1981, Aldwych, 1981–82)
- Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice (John Barton, RST, Aldwych, 1981)
- the Porter in Macbeth (Howard Davies, RST, 1982, Barbican, 1983)
- Laxton in The Roaring Girl (Barry Kyle, Barbican, 1983).
Return to Stratford as Associate Artist 
Other theatre work 
- Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi (Philip Prowse, NT Lyttelton, 1985)
- Muldoon in The Real Inspector Hound (Tom Stoppard, NT Olivier, 1985)
- Mr Sneer in The Critic (Sheila Hancock, NT Olivier, 1985)
- Yasha in The Cherry Orchard (Mike Alfreds, NT Cottesloe, 1985)
- Valmont in Christopher Hampton's Les liaisons dangereuses (Davies, Ambassadors, 1987)
- the Doge of Venice in Howard Barker's Scenes from an Execution (Ian McDiarmid, Almeida, 1990)
- the Count in Anouilh's The Rehearsal (McDiarmid, Almeida, 1990)
- Charles in Hanif Kureishi's Sleep With Me (NT Cottesloe, 1999)
- Creon opposite Tara Fitzgerald in Sophocles's Antigone (Declan Donnellan, Old Vic, 1999)
- Archie in Stoppard's Jumpers (David Leveaux, NT Lyttelton, 2003).
- Captain Hook in Peter Pan (Three Sixty Entertainment) (Neverland Pavilion in Kensington Gardens, 2009).
- Isaac Newton ( BBC Docu-Drama).
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