Nov. 10th, 1963
London, England, UK
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Hugh Bonneville (born November 10, 1963), born Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams, is an English stage, film, television and radio actor
Bonneville was born in London, and educated at Sherborne School, an independent school in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset in south west England, followed by Corpus Christi College at the University of Cambridge, where he read Theology, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he trained for the stage. He is also fluent in French.
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 was also 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). 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. Many say his best achievement to date was his performance as the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet in Iris (2001), his performance lauded by critics and for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In early 2010 earned a role in the True Crime comedy film Burke and Hare. He is currently appearing in popular ITV period drama Downton Abbey, as Robert, Earl of Grantham. He is also slated to appear in Hippie Hippie Shake, alongside Cilian Murphy and Sienna Miller.
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 after he became Giant Olive's first Patron.
He is one of the Honorary Patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard.
Bonneville married Lulu Evans in 1998. They have a son, Felix, and live in West Sussex
- Described "Iris" co-star 'Kate Winslet' (qv) as "a force of nature.".
- Trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, whose alumni include 'Minnie Driver' (qv), 'Matthew Goode' (qv), 'Julian Fellowes' (qv), 'Rupert Friend' (qv), 'Sue Johnston (I)' (qv), 'Angela Lansbury' (qv), 'David Macmillan (I)' (qv), 'Julia Ormond' (qv) and 'Terence Stamp' (qv).
- Speaks French.
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