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Jonathan began his acting career playing Troilus in Matthew Francis' acclaimed production of 'Troilus & Cressida' with the National Youth Theatre.


He subsequently trained at the Webber Douglas Academy Of Dramatic Art in London and since then his work has included West End theatre, TV, Film & Radio. 


Most recently he appeared as Lord John Wynnstay in 'Votes For Women' directed by Theresa Heskins at the New Vic, Newcastle -under- Lymme, Frank in Stephanie Dale's critically acclaimed new play 'The Lost Boy' directed by Kate McGregor (Gabriel)Dr Prospero in the hugely successful 25 Anniversary UK Tour of Bob Carlton's 'Return To The Forbidden Planet' and on film starred as David Taylor in 'Go With God' for which he won the Best Actor Award in the Global Revolution Film Festival, New York. 'Go With God' also won 'Best Film' at the Cardiff International Short Film Festival. 

Jonathan's other recent theatre roles include: Lloyd Dallas in 'Noises Off' and Frank Feller in 'Laurel and Hardy: Sons of The Desert' (directed by Bob Eaton and Ken Alexander respectively) at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. Other roles include: Vince Steel in 'Satin n Steel', Gratiano in 'The Merchant Of Venice' (directed by Glen Walford) Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan' and Sherlock Holmes in 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' all at the Queen's Theatre, London.

His diverse professional career has seen him perform in many theatre productions over the years, a selection of which include:  Lucentio in 'Taming Of The Shrew' (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park, London) and Mercutio in 'Romeo & Juliet',  Captain Hook in Bob Carlton's 'Peter Pan' (Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch) Jack Worthing in 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' (Northampton Royal Theatre) Ellyot in Noel Coward's 'Private Lives' and the dual roles of Rupert and Evelyn Farrant, twin brothers, in 'Corpse!' (both at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch). He has worked with Philip Ayckbourn on his new play 'The Essence Of Love' (UK Tour) where he played Martin, and he has appeared in all three highly successful recent revivals of Bob Eaton's 'Lennon' at The Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool (2010,2013, 2014) in which he played Ed Sullivan, George Martin and a whole host of characters from the Beatle's back story.

On television appearances include: Coronation Street (ITV) Doctors (BBC) Tina & Bobby (ITV) DCI Banks (ITV) Home Fires (ITV), Hollyoaks (C4) Fresh Meat (C4) Merseybeat (BBC), Peak Practice (ITV), London's Burning (ITV), Eastenders (BBC) My Dad's The Prime Minister (BBC) The Tomorrow People (ITV) Spatz (ITV)


On film he has appeared in 'Oscar & Lucinda' starring Ralp Fiennes (Fox Searchlight Pictures).



Jonathan Markwood


Height: 6ft

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue


Training: Webber Douglas Academy

Of Dramatic Art, London

Member of British Actors Equity
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25 Anniversary UK No1 Tour


'A brilliant Doctor Prospero, too, in Jonathan Markwood, who’s played genuine Shakespeare in this theatre, and has great fun giving us both his Lear and his “King”.'

Michael Gray - Public Reviews ***** (Five Stars)


'A wonderfully Machiavellian Dr. Prospero, played by Jonathan Markwood'

Dan Zbijowski, UK Theatre Network


‘There is real glee in it, a lovely barking-mad evocation by Jonathan Markwood as Prospero in Rupert Bear trousers and a frock-coat’

Libby Purves, (Brighton)


'Amongst the retro mayhem Jonathan Markwood as Prospero injects the full weight of an RSC production with his great voice and statesman like performance.'

Geof Grant, (Birmingham)


‘Jonathan Markwood’s excellent mad scientist Dr Prospero’

Heather Flood The Argus, Brighton


'Jonathan Markwood, divertingly deranged as Prospero’

Sam Marlow, The Times


'Shows do not come much zanier. Soon we are into a madcap plot about a spacecraft crashing on a mystery planet run by a Doctor Who - style figure called Dr Prospero (Jonathan Markwood)'

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail


'Jonathan Markwood's imposing Dr Prospero'

Susan King, Sussex Express


'Jonathan Markwood is a great protagonist as Prospero, strutting the stage in Dr Who-like tartan trews.'

Cameron Lowe, (Kings Theatre, Glasgow)


'Star turns include Jonathan Markwood as a maniacal Dr Prospero.. Dr Prospero’s demented “All Shook Up” is a particular highlight..'

Genni Trickett (Wimbledon) ***** (Five Stars)


'A standout performance comes from Jonathan Markwood, who plays brilliant and unhinged Dr Prospero. His facial ticks and commanding voice convey just the right amount of madness.

Essential Surrey, Aliya Al Hassan (Wimbledon)


'Dr Prospero (Jonathan Markwood) is another highly alternative portrayal of a well-known Shakespeare stalwart. His extraordinary version of Elvis Presley’s All Shook Up is worth the ticket price alone.'

Tina Squatley Thrust, The Upcoming (Wimbledon)


'..when it is funny, it’s very entertaining – Jonathan Markwood’s crazy eyes as Doctor Prospero are to die for..' (Wimbledon)


'It really starts to kick in when Dr Prospero first appears on the screen. Jonathan Markwood delivers the verse perfectly with his beautifully rich voice, merging seamlessly into "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood".'

David Chadderton British Theatre Guide (Manchester)


'A special mention has to go Jonathan Markwood, who had a mesmerizing stage presence as Dr. Prospero and had a definite likeness to his professional namesake, Doctor Who.'



'Jonathan Markwood excels as the crazy mad scientist Dr Prospero throughout'

Phil Lowe Public Reviews Leicester 


'Characters that particularly stand out include Dr Prospero – played by Jonathan Markwood – who elicits a huge cheer from the audience on his appearance, and an even bigger cheer when singing' 

Beth Steer Public Reviews Cardiff 



Ludlow Shakespeare Festival


'Jonathan Markwood's Oberon cuts a commanding figure'

Alfred Hickling The Guardian



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch


'Carlton’s role allocation doubles Barrie with Captain Hook (the excellent Jonathan Markwood)'

Anne Morley Priestman What's Onstage


'Jonathan Markwood, with his lovely bass singing voice, doubles as JM Barrie and Hook '

Susan Elkin, The Stage



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch


‘Jonathan Markwood, a suave Holmes in the Brett mould, both the Stapletons, the totally bonkers baddie brother and sister/husband and wife and, in a glorious Pythonesque moment, a hermit in a post box.’

Michael Gray, Public Reviews



Ludlow Shakespeare Festival


'Jonathan Markwood (Antipholus Of Syracuse) hovers captivatingly on the brink of self-parody'

The Stage



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch


'..the farceur par excellence here is Jonathan Markwood, playing two of Fo’s cartoon cops as well as an undertaker and a doddery old geezer, stepping outside his character to bemoan his lot, hoping for better things in “The Merchant of Chuffin’ Venice” (coming to the Queen’s on April 20).'

Michael Gray, The Public Reviews



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch


'With elements of charm, Markwood effectively conveys the complex and deluded nature of controlling Vince...his rendition of Daydream Believer is particularly haunting'

The Stage


'It was a powerful play and needed equally powerful actors, finding them in the multi-talented Jonathan Markwood, well-known in theatre for some of the most remarkable performances on the stage'

Essex Chronicle


'And it has two fine performances at the Queen’s, which gain sympathy without challenging the audience. Jonathan Markwood’s Vince is a trouper, a bit of a sexual two-timer who veers between men and women, but charming enough in his inadequacies' 

Reviews Gate



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch

'Mr Markwood works hard and, after 'dying' behind convenient props, keeps popping up 'alive' in different parts of the clever set.

The show is unusual in that the dashing Mr Markwood cooks blinis on stage: real onions are chopped and fried; real pancakes are flipped.'

Quentin Letts, Daily Mail


'Jonathan Markwood has all the fun of playing twins who are on the receiving end of a lot of attempts to kill them. A lot of the fun of the evening comes from working out how he manages to appear in two places (nearly) at once and watching him rapidly change from the theatrical Evelyn to the upper class Rupert.'

Allison Woodward, BBC Essex



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch


'On a night when there were so many good performances, I would like to pay special tribute to Jonathan Markwood’s Mercutio. Jonathan was superb in Kind Hearts and Coronets last autumn – in Romeo and Juliet he is outstanding. The inch perfect portrayal of the swaggering friend of Romeo is a gem.'

Essex Chronicle



Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch



'Jonathan Markwood plays Louis Mazzini, blithely pruning one by one all the D’Ascoynes who stand between him and a dukedom.' 

Jeremy Kingston, The TImes



Royal Court Liverpool


'Jonathan Markwood deserves special mention for his energetic and often remarkable performance as a whole host of characters from The Beatles’ back story, including among many others George Martin and Ed Sullivan.'

John Matthews - Liverpool Life, JMU Journalism


'Jonathan Markwood offers lovely vignettes as everyone from Bob Wooler to Ed Sullivan to Elton John in a production with a big, big heart.'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo


'Jonathan Markwood filled in all the other roles from Bob Wooler to George Martin – his entry in the programme takes up four lines – deftly switching between accents and personalities.'

Liverpool Daily Post


'The multi-part performance of Jonathan Markwood ensured that the laughs were shared around.'

Liverpool Live


'Hardest working of all is Jonathan Markwood with nine roles, all very funny from Bob Wooler and Ed Sullivan to Herr Koschmider and a hilarious Elton John.'

Liverpool Confidential


'Jonathan Markwood who glues the piece together with several supporting roles, from Ed Sullivan to George Martin to Elton John.'

Onstage Liverpool


'...a consistent thread of humour through canny impersonations of everyone from Bob Wooler to Ed Sullivan to a camp Elton John by the multi-tasking Jonathan Markwood.'

Liverpool Echo


Jonathan Markwood was tremendous. (He) never seemed to be off stage as he played every other part going including a super version of American legendary host Ed Sullivan.'

Ian D. Hall - Liverpool Sound & Vision



Royal Court Liverpool


'In a tribute to the Laurel and Hardy British stage tours, director Ken Alexander also provides a first half variety show with an excellent Eric Morecambe-like compere from Jonathan Markwood'

Dan Kay -Liverpool Daily Post


'A splendid job by Jonathan Markwood who plays Frank Feller, the compere for the show, a definite crowd pleaser with his easy banter and one liners.'

Janie Philips - Click Liverpool


'It’s a tongue-in-cheek nod to a time before mass appeal television and the internet, when brassy broads twirling flaming batons (Fox), cheesy comics (the versatile Jonathan Markwood telling groansome gags with an Eric Morecambe delivery)'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo



Royal Court Liverpool


'The cast of nine show off their many talents, standing out, Jonathan Markwood as the Director who refers to himself as God and dates the lead actress...The fast paced comedy is a true success.'

Sarah Daniels - WhatsOnStage


'In lesser hands the timing of the piece would be lost but the male relationships onstage Jonathan Markwood’s Lloyd Dallas, Stephen Fletcher’s irresistible Gary LeJeune and Chris Jordan’s Frederick Fellows was at its most destructive and brilliant best.'

Ian D. Hall - Liverpool Sound & Vision


'Under the eye of leather-clad director Lloyd (Jonathan Markwood), they fluff and stutter their way through the preposterous and implausible sardine-strewn Brian Rix-lite farce ...“That’s farce, that’s theatre, that’s life,” shrugs the weary Lloyd... right on the nail.'

Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo


'Jonathan Markwood as Lloyd and Chris Jordan rock up with performances worthy of any production and it can only be hoped that it won’t be too long before we see them all on The Royal Court Stage again.'

Click Liverpool - Chris High


'Act One revolves around the chaotic rehearsal with director Lloyd Dallas (Jonathan Markwood) periodically marching up and down the Royal Court's aisles to address his clueless charges up onstage. He must have had a hunch it's all going to go horribly wrong. And it does...All of their timing is perfect in yet another Court production that zooms along at a high speed that sometimes leaves you scurrying to keep up with the action...The entire set of players are superb'

Mike Chapple - Liverpool Condifential



Jonathan has won awards for Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song at the JPF World Music Awards held in Los Angeles, California for his album Jonathan Markwood's Hoo-Hah Conspiracy 'Telling Tales'.


The self penned & produced follow-up titled 'Tips & Tricks For The Modern Age' album also won Best Rock Album as well as receiving TWO Best Song nominations in the 2009 JPF World Music Awards held in Nashville, USA.


Jonathan has also composed music for East 28th Street Theatre Company, scoring incidental music for their productions of 'Romeo & Juliet' and 'A Winter's Tale' as well as commercial music for media companies including PFPR Communications, BBC Kent Radio, Popi Design & Pillory Barn.


Jonathan went on to release solo work 'Welcome To Planet Earth'  drawing on 70s funk influences from Nile Rodgers & Chic to Talking Heads and David Bowie and 'Black Against The Sun' with Rhythm & Blues vibes.

Jonathan Markwood's Hoo-Hah Conspiracy have just released critically acclaimed 'Psychoacusis' featured by BBC Music Introducing. For more go to


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All songs composed, produced and performed by

Jonathan Markwood







Black Against The Sun. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating:


* * * *

The Winter is a time in which the lands of the North feel the cold winds more and the thoughts of the bleak and mistrusting frost is ever present in their minds and the image of the sun is but that of a shining glimmering bauble in the sky, neither use nor ornament in the fabric of the lives of those in desperate need of warmth on their backs and in their hearts. Warmth therefore is searched for in other directions and if the heat of a blazing fire cannot be found then the soul of a musician is the closest possible alternative and in Jonathan Markwood’s new album Black Against The Sun, that alternative is more than complimentary, it is a guiding inevitability.


Jonathan Markwood’s prowess has already stood firm in the release to the album 'Welcome To Planet Earth' and in this, the eagerly awaited follow up, that dedication to the music is one of remarkable beauty and overwhelming constructed appeal, from the explosive start to the softening reflection that sits at the heart of Killing All The Good Guys, Jonathan Markwood makes time for the album to mirror that of the life of the great celestial dance that is hidden from beneath the clouds and our judgemental perceptive and offers the listener the chance to glean something of the great beyond that dwells within us all; the starburst of existence made tangible and real.


Mr. Markwood’s music sits comfortably in the ear; it plays with perception and yet at all times is a true and honest appraisal of the man himself. In songs such as Ghosts on the Surface of the Moon, the excellent Heaven Will Not Hold A Place For MeDear Dr. Johnson and the finality offered in Killing All The Good Guys, honour is evident, respect for the listener paramount and the nobility of the song as an entity as dashing and adventurous as the early spacecrafts that took humanity on the very first steps off the blue stone marble we call home.


Black Against The Sun is of the same enamoured quality as its predecessor, principled and kind, a measure of the artist in his own work and one that is a joy to listen to.


Ian D. Hall



Pemberton Associates 
50 Liverpool Street

Tel: 020 7224 9036


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