Lord Hawthorne is a whip-smart, if slightly shop-worn, aristocrat from London who is hotly tipped for the top job of Viceroy, threatening Ralph's own ambitions. It soon transpires that his visit to Simla isn't all it seems, but his growing interest in Leena puts in motion a chain of events that reaches into every corner of Simla society.

Lord Hawthorne is played by James Fleet.