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Jonathan Cecil

(1939 – 2011)

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Jonathan Cecil

Jonathan Cecil
(1939 – 2011)

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Jonathan Cecil

(1939 – 2011)
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This is an online obituary dedicated to Jonathan Cecil, full name Jonathan Hugh Gascoyne-Cecil. Jonathan Cecil, was an English theatre, film and television actor.
Jonathan Cecil was born in London, England, the son of Lord David Cecil and the grandson of James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury. His other grandfather was the literary critic Desmond MacCarthy. Brought up at Oxford, where his father was Goldsmith Professor of English, he was educated at Eton, where he played small parts in school plays, and at New College, Oxford, where he read Modern languages, specialising in French, and continued with amateur dramatics.
At Oxford, his friends included Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. In a production
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of Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, he played a lunatic called Troubadour and a woman who sells pigs.
After Oxford, he spent two years training for an acting career at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he was taught by (among others) Michael MacOwan and Vivian Matalon and where his contemporaries included Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Derek Jacobi.
Jonathan Cecil's first television appearance was in playing a leading role opposite Vanessa Redgrave in "Maggie", an episode of the BBC television series First Night transmitted in February 1964, which he later called "a baptism by fire because I was being seen by half the nation". After that he spent eighteen months in repertory at Salisbury, of
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which he later commented, "You learnt how to make an entrance and make an exit." His parts at Salisbury included the Dauphin in Saint Joan, Disraeli in Portrait of a Queen, Trinculo in The Tempest, and "all the Shakespeare".
His first West End part came in May 1965 in Julian Mitchell's dramatization of A Heritage and Its History at the Phoenix, in which he got good notices, and his next was in a Beaumont production of Peter Ustinov's Half-Way up the Tree, directed by Sir John Gielgud.
In film and television, Jonathan Cecil almost always played upper-class English characters. His screen work included the roles of Cummings in The Diary of a Nobody (1964), Bertie Wooster in Thank You, P.G. Wodehouse (1981),
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Ricotin in Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On (1983), and Captain Hastings (to Peter Ustinov's Hercule Poirot) in Thirteen at Dinner (1985), Dead Man's Folly and Murder in Three Acts (both 1986). He has been called "one of the finest upper-class-twits of his era". In 2009 he appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders.
He also worked in radio, where his credits included The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Brightonomicon. Additionally, he stood in for Derek Nimmo in the role of the Bishop's Chaplain, The Reverend Mervyn Noote, in the second series of the radio episodes of the ecclesiastical sitcom All Gas and Gaiters, which ran for twenty episodes.
Jonathan Cecil wrote occasionally for The
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Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. In one piece he noted
Handsome young male actors of the older school have tended, in my experience, to be somewhat vapid and vain. I write this in no spirit of envy — comic and character actors, like proverbial blondes, usually have more fun.
He also admitted that "... most of my experience has been in comedy, that’s the way life has taken me ... if I have any regrets, it’s that I didn’t do parts with more depth".
Jonathan Cecil passed away on 22nd September 2011. This online tribute has been created to honour his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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Jonathan Cecil

This is an online obituary dedicated to Jonathan Cecil, full name Jonathan Hugh Gascoyne-Cecil. Jonathan Cecil, was an English theatre, film and television actor.
Jonathan Cecil was born in London, England, the son of Lord David Cecil and the grandson of James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury. His other grandfather was the literary critic Desmond MacCarthy. Brought up at Oxford, where his father was Goldsmith Professor of English, he was educated at Eton, where he played small parts in school plays, and at New College, Oxford, where he read Modern languages, specialising in French, and continued with amateur dramatics.
At Oxford, his friends included Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. In a production...

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