The Strain

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Jonathan Hyde stars as “Eldritch Palmer,” the Master’s human partner who has secretly helped spread the vampire-like disease, while publicly making a show of combating it.

Still reeling from the brutal murder of his one and only love, Palmer finds himself on a very short leash. He must play a double game, pretending to comply with the Master’s wishes while at the same time doing whatever it takes to avenge her death and prolong his own life – even if it means deigning to take orders from his long-time foe, Abraham Setrakian.

Jonathan Hyde is an Australian-born actor who moved to Britain in 1969. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1972, the recipient of the Bancroft Gold Medal. Hyde’s first love was, and is, the theater. He has worked extensively at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Prospect Theatre Company, Almeida, Menier Chocolate Factory and the great Citizen’s Theatre Company of Glasgow, among others. His work at Glasgow earned him an Olivier Award Nomination. Hyde has also worked extensively in London’s West End, most recently as “Lionel Logue” in The King’s Speech in 2012.

The 1980s saw an advance into television, culminating in his role as “Sir Edward Marshall Hall” in the legal series Shadow of the Noose. The 1990s were his Hollywood Years: Ri¢hie Ri¢h, Jumanji, Anaconda and The Mummy.

Since the millennium, Hyde has worked in all three media, including a world tour of King Lear and The Seagull for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and most recently, in Travels with My Aunt in 2013 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Next, Hyde will be starring as “Sir William Webb” in Tokyo Trials, an upcoming four-part television series directed by Pieter Verhoff and Rob King, co-produced by NHK (Japan), FATT (Netherlands) and Don Carmody Television (Canada), and financed by NHK, Netflix and the Dutch Film Fund.

Hyde is principally a character actor who has played a wide range of high-definition roles from “Lady Bracknell” to the “Marquis de Sade,” “Diaghilev” to “Captain Hook,” “Valmont” to “Brutus.”

An enthusiastic swimmer, painter and traveler, Hyde lives in England with his wife, the soprano Isobel Buchanan.