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Jonathan Cake

Jonathan Cake

A native of Worthing, England, Cake was born the youngest of three sons. He became captivated with the performing arts at the age of 4 when he was invited onstage during a traditional British pantomime for children and never left the stage. By the time he was 8 years old, he was participating in plays and enrolled in drama classes. As a teenager, he traveled around Britain with London's National Youth Theater.

Studying English at the esteemed University of Cambridge, Cake became an avid rugby player. During his last year there, he qualified to play in the varsity match versus Oxford (in front of a crowd of 70,000 people), which is the British equivalent to the New Year's Day Rose Bowl. Following his graduation in 1989, he attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for two years, founded by Sir Laurence Olivier.

Cake furthered his training with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he appeared in productions of Wallenstein, Tamburlaine, The Odyssey, As You Like It and Beggar's Opera. In 2002 Cake won the prestigious Barclays Best Actor Award for the stage adaptation of Tennessee Williams' film, Baby Doll, performed first at the Royal National Theatre and then in London's West End. The following year, he made his Broadway debut in the leading role of Jason, in the ancient Greek drama Medea.

Additionally Cake has amassed numerous television credits. In the United States, he had a leading role in the 2001 drama The American Embassy. He also co-starred opposite Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen in the television miniseries, Noah's Ark, and also starred in Marriage and Out of the Ashes. He most recently portrayed Tyrannus in the six-hour television epic Empire, concerning life in the early Roman empire.

Cake's series work in Britain includes The Jump, Mosley, Eddie Izzard's Cows, Rebecca, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, The Girl, The Garden, Goodnight Sweetheart and Degrees of Error. Additionally he was seen in the television movie River World, and in such miniseries as The Swap, Cold Lazarus, A Dance to the Music of Time and Fallen. On the big screen, Cake has appeared in the romantic drama First Knight, starring Sean Connery, Richard Gere and Julia Ormond, and in the United Kingdom features The One and Only, Honest and True Blue.

Aside from acting, Cake is an active athlete who enjoys playing rugby, cricket and basketball. Along with his wife, he divides his time between London, England, and Venice, California. His birthday is August 31.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Jonathan Cake Facts

BirthdayAugust 31, 1967 (56)
BirthplaceWorthing, England, United Kingdom
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Jonathan Cake compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Catherine Cookson Anthology
Out of the Ashes
Doll & Em 02
Brideshead Revisited
Noah's Ark
Great Authors of the British Isles
Peter Kosminsky Collection
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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