Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hugh Bonneville- Actor of the Week

Hugh Bonneville- Downton Abbey
Hugh Bonneville has been in so many period pieces that I had trouble narrowing down the photo choices for this post. Of course his most recent role of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey is giving him a lot of exposure at present but he has worn 19th century garb for a good part of his career!

Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Rushworth in Mansfield Park
He totally cracked me up as the dim witted Mr. Rushworth in Mansfield Park 1999. I mean, get a load of that hair!

Hugh Bonneville as Bernie in Notting Hill
And who didn't love him as Bernie the worst stockbroker ever in Notting Hill? The dinner party scene where he doesn't recognize famous movie star Anna Scott is priceless. (OK, I know it's not period but doesn't the late 90s count now?)

Bernie: What's the pay like in movies? I mean. Last movie. How much did you get paid?
Anna Scott: 15 million dollars.


Bernie: I'm sorry I am so late. Bollocksed up at work again, I fear. Millions down the drain. 

Hugh Bonneville in The Cazalets
I wish I could say that I had seen Hugh in the 1940s miniseries The Cazalets, but it is still on my wish list. Anyone with a recommendation?

Hugh Bonneville in Daniel Deronda
As Henleigh Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda, Hugh Bonneville is delightfully bad for a change. For anyone who has never seen this one, you are in for a treat. Hugh is amazing as a bad boy and the rest of the film is riveting. The dresses on Romola Garai are pretty fab too and Hugh Dancy is always easy on the eyes. All in all this one is a must see.

Hugh Bonneville as the Prince Regent in Beau Brummell: This Charming Man
From the sublime back to the ridiculous, here he is as the poncy Prince Regent in Beau Brummell. I really liked this film which I only saw recently. Hugh gives us a fascinating glimpse at the insecurities of the man that the Regency Period was named after.

Hugh Bonneville as Rev. Brook Bridges in Miss Austen Regrets
As a poor vicar in Miss Austen Regrets, he gives a tender portrayal of a man still in love with Jane Austen years after he had married another woman. So sweet!

Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen
Still stuck in the Regency era, here is Hugh as the wonderful Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen. He looked like he had a riot with this Jane Austen time travel piece.

And as a bit of fun, here is Hugh Bonneville in the Grand Finale episode of The Vicar of Dibley as Vicar Jeremy Ogilvy who is marrying Geraldine and Harry (Richard Armitage) but who apparently still has a crush on his old classmate Geraldine. So cute! (and I can always find a way to get a bit of Richard Armitage on my blog)


  1. What a lovely man! That hair! He seems to have a penchant (and talent) for overblown roles, but as Earl of Grantham, he won my heart.

    Loved the wedding scene--he played his part perfectly :)

  2. You can just hear his voice, "Well, yes then, I suppose."

  3. AND, best scene maybe, when he insists his wife participate in the car chase in Nottinghill. Just makes me want to cry.

  4. The first thing I saw Hugh Bonneville in was Daniel Deronda. He was so steely and manipulative in that role, I was pleasantly shocked at his gentle character in Miss Austen Regrets. And how wonderful is he in Downton? Lovely tribute!

  5. I don't think I ever connected that he was in Mansfield Park. He did bad very well in Daniel Deronda. I enjoyed his role on Doctor Who's Curse of the Black Spot episode too.

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  7. P.S. I mean to write "quit on it." I really do need to learn to proofread my comments. Ugh!

  8. @Jane-Glad you got a giggle out of Mr. Bonneville's hair. I did too! I love how he can do comedy or drama equally well.

    @Mom Wald's Place- He is adorable in Notting Hill. I think however it is Max(Tim McInnerny) who is married to the woman in the wheelchair Bella(Gina McKee). I didn't realize how much Tim and Hugh looked alike until now! There is a photo of Tim on his IMDb site in Casanova and you would swear it was Hugh Bonneville!

    @Janeheiress- I just watched him again recently in Miss Austen Regrets (stay tuned for a post on that one). So adorable. Now I have to watch Daniel Deronda again. I have never posted on that delicious film yet!

    @Sarah- I'll have to look for him in that Dr. Who episode. Haven't seen that one!

    @Mary- Thanks for the heads up on The Cazalets (apparently there is some incest which was a turn off). Unusual place to put that story line.

  9. He's amazing. seems like I just saw him in something else mere days ago and I can't figure out what it is...makes me nuts. Daniel Deronda got me too...those eyes...whew a great bad guy.

  10. @suzan- He was just a bit sexy as Mr. Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda. Horrible, but just a little bit hot.




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