Percy Jonathan Dewhurst
Signed 'Jonty Dew'
Born 25 August 1889, he was generally known as Jonty or P.Jonty.
Married the actress Vera Grafton. They had one son, Ronald.
Jonty’s grand-daughter, Kathryn, is closely involved with the ‘Dewhurst story’ and runs this website.
Jonty died 17 February 1955.
Jonty was a very experienced and capable (if at times somewhat eccentric) character actor who excelled in comedy roles and who spent his career in provincial rep.
Much of Jonty’s stage work was for companies run by the ‘leaders’ of the rep movement: Leonard Harrison, Harry Hanson and Frank Fortescue.
Anecdotes about him indicate that the private person may have been very similar to the public man.