Harry Hadden-Paton

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Harry Hadden-Paton
Born (1981-04-10) 10 April 1981 (age 37)
London, England
EducationEton College
Durham University
Rebecca Night (m. 2010)

Harry 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 is currently playing 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 is the son of former Cavalry officer Nigel Hadden-Paton and the former Sarah Mellor. He has three sisters: Polly, Clementine, and Alice, who is married to Nicholas van Cutsem, son of millionaire banker and horse breeder Hugh van Cutsem.[1] 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.[2] They have two daughters.


Hadden-Paton was born in London and educated at Eton College[3] and Durham University.[2] He trained at 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,[4] 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 a Tony Award nomination.[5]

Film and TV[edit]

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),[6] The Deep Blue Sea (2011),[6] The Hollow Crown (2012),[7] and About Time (2013).[6]

In 2016, he played the role of Martin Charteris in the Netflix series The Crown.[8]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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[10] Nominated


  1. ^ "Harry and his labour of love". 3 February 2009. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Harry Hadden-Paton". Official London Theatre. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Eton spawns a new breed of stage and screen luminaries". 21 January 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  4. ^ "No Naughty Bits – review". Guardian News and Media Limited. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  5. ^ Rooney, David (October 5, 2017). "Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton to Lead 'My Fair Lady' Broadway Revival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Harry Hadden-Paton: Bio".
  7. ^ "Harry Hadden-Paton | Lincoln Center Theater". Lincoln Center Theater. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  8. ^ "The Crown: Who was the real Martin Charteris?". Radio Times. Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  9. ^ "Film Review: 'About Time'". Variety Media, LLC. 2013-08-08. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  10. ^ Desk, TV News. "THE BAND'S VISIT, CAROUSEL & More Nominated for 2019 GRAMMY AWARDS". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2018-12-07.

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