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Also Known As: Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams Died:
Born: November 10, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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A classically trained English actor, Hugh Bonneville spent years honing his craft on stage, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Starting in 1990, he became a fixture on the British small screen. International audiences were charmed by his supporting turns in "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Mansfield Park" (1999), but he most impressed critics for his unforgettable turn as the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet in the acclaimed "Iris" (2001), which earned him a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA nomination. While continuing his steady presence on British television, he earned more international attention for his supporting turns as a publisher in "Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale" (Hallmark Channel, 2003), famed diarist Samuel Pepys in "Stage Beauty" (2004), Mr. Bennet in "Lost in Austen" (ITV, 2008) and Pontius Pilate in "Ben Hur" (ABC, 2010). He once again struck critical and commercial gold with his starring role as Robert, Earl of Grantham, in the beloved "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ), which saw him playing husband to Elizabeth McGovern. Immensely charismatic and talented, Hugh Bonneville displayed an amazing range, able to dazzle in comedy and drama as well as period...

A classically trained English actor, Hugh Bonneville spent years honing his craft on stage, including a stint with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Starting in 1990, he became a fixture on the British small screen. International audiences were charmed by his supporting turns in "Notting Hill" (1999) and "Mansfield Park" (1999), but he most impressed critics for his unforgettable turn as the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet in the acclaimed "Iris" (2001), which earned him a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA nomination. While continuing his steady presence on British television, he earned more international attention for his supporting turns as a publisher in "Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairy Tale" (Hallmark Channel, 2003), famed diarist Samuel Pepys in "Stage Beauty" (2004), Mr. Bennet in "Lost in Austen" (ITV, 2008) and Pontius Pilate in "Ben Hur" (ABC, 2010). He once again struck critical and commercial gold with his starring role as Robert, Earl of Grantham, in the beloved "Downton Abbey" (ITV, 2010- ), which saw him playing husband to Elizabeth McGovern. Immensely charismatic and talented, Hugh Bonneville displayed an amazing range, able to dazzle in comedy and drama as well as period and contemporary pieces.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Burke and Hare (2011)
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 Third Star (2010)
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 French Film (2009)
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 Glorious 39 (2009)
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 Four Last Songs (2007)
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 Man To Man (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1986:
Made his professional debut at the Open Air Theatre, Regent¿s Park, in "A Midsummer Night¿s Dream" and understudying Ralph Fiennes as Lysander
1990:
Television acting debut (billed as Richard Bonneville) on the ITV crime drama series "Chancer"
1991:
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing in "Two Gentlemen of Verona," "The Alchemist," and "Amphibians"; also played Laertes to Kenneth Branagh¿s "Hamlet"
1994:
Feature film debut in "Mary Shelley¿s Frankenstein," directed by Branagh
1999:
Cast as good natured, bumbling characters in "Notting Hill" and "Mansfield Park"
2000:
Took a villainous turn in the BBC's "Take a Girl Like You"
2001:
Earned critical praise for playing the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet in "Iris"
2003:
Portrayed poet Philip Larkin in the BBC drama "Love Again"
2004:
Starred in a production of "Cloaca" at London's Old Vic Theatre
2007:
Won critical raves for his solo performance as Mr. Pooter, a middle aged city clerk, in "The Diary of a Nobody" (BBC)
2007:
Landed a featured role as detective Iain Barclay in the crime drama miniseries "Five Days" (BBC/HBO)
2009:
Reprised role of Iain Barclay in the two-part police drama "Hunter" (BBC)
2010:
Cast as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham on the ensemble British period drama "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS)
2011:
Guest starred on the long running sci-fi series "Doctor Who" (BBC)
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Education

Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: -

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