Bonneville at the 2011 Minghella Film Festival
|Born||Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams
10 November 1963
Blackheath, London, UK
Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams (born 10 November 1963), known professionally as Hugh Bonneville, is a British stage, film, television and radio actor, who is best known for playing Robert Crawley in the ITV period drama series Downton Abbey, which began airing in 2010.
Bonneville also played Ian Fletcher in the BBC London Olympics mockumentary comedy series Twenty Twelve in 2012 and the same character in its spin-off W1A which aired in 2014. He also starred as Bernie in the film Notting Hill and since 2011, he has been the narrator of the Channel 4 show The Hotel, for all three series.
Early life and education
Following secondary education, Bonneville read Theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He left Cambridge with a 2:2 in theology and has since said that he tended to do more acting than academic work.
Bonneville's first professional stage appearance was at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park. In 1987 he joined the National Theatre where he appeared in several plays, then the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991, where he played Laertes to Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1992–1993). He played Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bergetto in 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Kastril and later Surly in The Alchemist.
He made his television debut in 1991, billed as Richard Bonneville. His early roles were usually good-natured bumbling characters like Bernie in Notting Hill (1999) and Mr. Rushworth in Mansfield Park (1999). In the BBC television series, Take A Girl Like You (2000) and Armadillo (2001), he played more villainous characters, leading up to the domineering Henleigh Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda (2002) and the psychopathic killer James Lampton in The Commander (2003) series. In Love Again, he played the poet Philip Larkin.
In 2004, he played Sir Christopher Wren in the docudrama Wren – The Man Who Built Britain. In Iris (2001), he played the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet, with his performance lauded by critics and receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Bonneville also works extensively in radio. He played the role of Jerry Westerby in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the John le Carré novel The Honourable Schoolboy, first broadcast in January 2010. Earlier he appeared in the surreal parallel universe comedy Married.
Since 2010 he has appeared in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey, as Robert, Earl of Grantham. In early 2010, he earned a role in the comedy film Burke and Hare. In 2011 and 2012 he starred as Ian Fletcher in the award-winning BBC comedy series Twenty Twelve. In December 2012 he appeared on BBC 2 with co-star Jessica Hynes in World's Most Dangerous Roads, travelling through Georgia. He is also slated to appear in the much-delayed film Hippie Hippie Shake, alongside Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller.
Bonneville married Lulu Evans in 1998. The couple have a son, Felix, and live in West Sussex.
In 2009, Bonneville played the voice of Justice Fosse in Joseph Crilly's UK premiere of Kitty and Damnation for the Giant Olive Theatre Company at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. Shortly thereafter he became Giant Olive's first Patron. Bonneville is also a patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard, and of the medical relief charity Medical Emergency Relief International.
|1990||Chancer||Jas||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1991||Dodgem||Rick Bayne||TV series (5 episode)|
|1993||Paul Merton: The Series||Captain||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.2.6")|
|1993||Stalag Luft||Barton||TV film|
|1994||The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes||Victor Savage||TV series (1 episode: "The Dying Detective", credited as Richard Bonneville)|
|1994||Peak Practice||Dominic Kent||TV series (1 episode: "Perfect Love")|
|1994||Cadfael||Daniel Aurifaber||TV series (1 episode: "The Sanctuary Sparrow", credited as Richard Bonneville)|
|1994||Between the Lines||Henry Oakes||TV series (1 episode: "Close Protection", credited as Richard Bonneville)|
|1995||The Imaginatively Titled Punt & Dennis Show||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.2.5")|
|1995||The Vet||Alan Sinclair||TV series (6 episodes)|
|1995||EastEnders||Headmaster||TV series (1 episode: "14 December 1995")|
|1996||Married for Life||Steve Hollingsworth||TV series (7 episodes); a British remake of Married... with Children|
|1996||Bugs||Nathan Pym||TV series (1 episode: "Bugged Wheat")|
|1997||Breakout||Peter Schneider||TV film|
|1997||See You Friday||Daniel||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")|
|1997||The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous||Ferdinand Fitzgerald||TV mini-series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.1")|
|1997||Get Well Soon||Norman Tucker||TV series (4 episodes)|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Air Warfare Officer – HMS Bedford|
|1998||Heat of the Sun||Reverend Edward Herbert||TV series (1 episode: "Hide in Plain Sight")|
|1998||Mosley||Bob Boothby||TV series (4 episodes)|
|1998||The Scold's Bridle||Tim Duggan||TV film|
|1998||Holding the Baby||Gordon Muir||TV series (series 2)|
|1999||Murder Most Horrid||Inspector Dawson||TV series (1 episode: "Confessions of a Murderer")|
|1999||Mansfield Park||Mr. Rushworth|
|2000||Thursday the 12th||Brin Hopper||TV film|
|2000||Madame Bovary||Charles Bovary||TV film|
|2000||Take a Girl Like You||Julian Ormerod||TV series|
|2001||Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale||Publisher||TV film|
|2001||High Heels and Low Lifes||Farmer|
|2001||The Cazalets||Hugh Cazalet||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2001||The Emperor's New Clothes||Bertrand|
|2001||Armadillo||Torquil Helvoir Jayne||TV series|
|2001||Iris||Young John Bayley||Berlin International Film Festival Award for New Talent
Nominated—BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
|2002||Impact||Phil Epson||TV film|
|2002||The Gathering Storm||Ivo Pettifer||TV film|
|2002||Right Under My Eyes||James||TV film|
|2002||The Biographer||Eric||TV film|
|2002||Midsomer Murders||Hugh Barton||TV series (1 episode: "Ring Out Your Dead")|
|2002||Tipping the Velvet||Ralph Banner||TV series|
|2002||Doctor Zhivago||Andrey Zhivago||TV film|
|2002||Daniel Deronda||Henleigh Grandcourt||TV film|
|2003||The Commander||James Lampton||TV film|
|2003||Conspiracy of Silence||Fr. Jack Dowling|
|2003||Love Again||Philip Larkin||TV film|
|2003||Hear the Silence||Dr. Andrew Wakefield||TV film|
|2004||Piccadilly Jim||Lord Wisbeach|
|2004||Wren: The Man Who Built Britain||Christopher Wren||TV documentary|
|2004||Stage Beauty||Samuel Pepys|
|2005||The Commander: Virus||James Lampton||uncredited|
|2005||The Commander: Blackout||James Lampton||uncredited|
|2005||The Rotter's Club||Voice of Adult Ben||TV series|
|2005||Man to Man||Fraser McBride|
|2005||The Robinsons||George Robinson||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2005||Underclassman||Headmaster Felix Powers|
|2006||Beau Brummell: This Charming Man||Prince Regent||TV film|
|2006||Courting Alex||Julian/Charles Carter||TV series (10 episodes)|
|2006||Scenes of a Sexual Nature||Gerry|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Tony Whittaker||TV film|
|2007||Four Last Songs||Sebastian Burrows|
|2007||The Diary of a Nobody||Pooter||TV film|
|2007||The Vicar of Dibley||Jeremy Ogilvy||TV series (1 episode: "The Vicar in White")|
|2007||Five Days||DSI Iain Barclay||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2007||Miss Austen Regrets||Rev. Brook Bridges||TV film|
|2007||Hola to the World||Painter||short|
|2007||The Replacements||Voice||TV series (1 episode: "London Calling")|
|2007||Freezing||Matt||TV series (3 episodes: 2007–2008)|
|2008||Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story||Sir Hugh Carleton Greene||TV film|
|2008||Bonekickers||Gregory Parton||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2008||Lost in Austen||Mr. Bennet||TV mini-series (4 episodes)|
|2008||One of Those Days||Mr. Burrell||short|
|2008||French Film||Jed||Jury Prize – Best Actor|
|2008||Country House Rescue (series 1)||Narrator||TV series (6 episodes: 2008–2009)|
|2009||Knife Edge||Charles Pollock|
|2009||Hunter||DSI Iain Barclay||TV mini-series (2 episodes)|
|2009||From Time to Time||Captain Oldknow|
|2009||Ruth Watson's Hotel Rescue||Narrator||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2009||Country House Rescue Revisited||Narrator||TV series (3 episodes: 2009)|
|2010||Legally Mad||Gordon Hamm||TV film|
|2010||Ben Hur||Pontius Pilate||TV mini-series (2 episodes)|
|2010||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Edward Masterman||TV series (1 episode: "Murder on the Orient Express")|
|2010||The Silence||Chris||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2010||Rev.||Roland Wise||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.1.4")|
|2010||Burke & Hare||Lord Harrington|
|2010||As Time goes by (film)|
|2010||Hippie Hippie Shake||John Mortimer||Unreleased|
|2010||Country House Rescue (series 2)||Narrator||TV series (8 episodes: 2010)|
|2010||Downton Abbey||Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham||TV series (25 episodes: 2010–)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film (2010)
Nominated – Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor – Drama Series
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012-2013)
|2011||Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side||Inspector Hewitt||TV film|
|2011||Twenty Twelve||Ian Fletcher||TV series
Nominated – BAFTA TV Award for Best Male Comedy Performance
|2011||Doctor Who||Captain Avery||TV series (2 episodes: "The Curse of the Black Spot" and "A Good Man Goes to War")|
|2011||Country House Rescue (series 3)||Narrator||TV series (7 episodes: 2011)|
|2011||The Hotel||Narrator||Series 1|
|2011||Rev.||Roland Wise||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.2.1")|
|2012||The Hotel||Narrator||Series 2|
|2012||Turn Back Time: The Family||Narrator||TV series (5 episodes: 2012)|
|2012||Getting On||Philip Moore||TV series (1 episode: 2012)|
|2012||Mr Stink||Mr Stink||TV film|
|2012||World's Most Dangerous Roads||TV series (1 episode: "Episode No.3.2")|
|2013||The Hotel||Narrator||Series 3|
|2013||Da Vinci's Demons||Duke of Milan||TV series (1 episode: 2013)|
|2014||Top Gear||Himself||TV series (1 episode, Series 21 Episode 1: "Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car")|
|2014||The Monuments Men||Lieutenant Donald Jeffries|
|2014||Muppets Most Wanted||Irish Journalist|
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- "Corpus Playroom Renovations". Corpus Christi College. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
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- "The Complete Smiley - The Karla Trilogy, Book 2: The Honourable Schoolboy". BBC. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
- Burke and Hare Teaser Art Debuts at Cannes
- "Off-West End Announcements – 3 July 2009". What's on Stage. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "The History of Giant Olive Theatre Company". Giant Olive Theatre Company. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "Scene & Heard – Who We Are". sceneandheard.org. 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- Between The Lines, November 1994. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- Meacham, Steve; Maddox, Garry (14 February 2011). "Hippies tossed aside in corporate decision". The Sydney Morning Herald. "After a promised release failed to eventuate last year, the British production company, Working Title, has confirmed it will not reach cinemas. The managing director of the distributor Universal Pictures in Australia, Mike Baard, said: 'I suspect...it's going to land in the direct-to-video bin...it's off our release schedule.'"
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