Hugh Bonneville biography
Date of Birth: November 10, 1963
Born in London, Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts
and at the National Youth Theatre. He landed his first professional acting job with the Open Air Theatre in 1986,
then joined the National Theatre and in 1991, secured a place with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company.
Not long after, Hugh began landing television roles in British TV series, billed as Richard Bonneville, and
made his film debut in Kenneth Branagh's 1994 film Frankenstein. For his second feature, the
1997 Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, he changed his screen name to Hugh Bonneville.
Despite working steadily for years in television and film, it wasn't until he landed a starring role as Robert
Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the critically acclaimed and Golden Globe award-winning television series
Downton Abbey that he began to be recognized. For his work on the series, Hugh has been nominated for
two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe and he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award with the rest of the cast in 2013
for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
The popularity Hugh has gained from the show has led to him being cast in major Hollywood motion pictures such
as The Monuments Men (2014), directed by and starring George Clooney. Hugh has also appeared in
Muppets Most Wanted (2014) and will play a lead role as Mr. Brown in the upcoming
Paddington (2014), based on the childrens' series of books.
Hugh married Lulu Evans in 1998 and they have a son, Felix. They live in West Sussex. His charity work includes
being a patron of the British charity Scene & Heard, which teams children and professional actors to put on short
plays together. He also lends his support to the Medical Emergency Relief International, which sends medical
teams to worldwide emergencies.
Muppets Most Wanted
The Monuments Men
Knife Edge (2009)
From Time to Time
French Film (2008)
Four Last Songs (2007)
Scenes of a Sexual Nature
Piccadilly Jim (2005)
Man to Man (2005)
Stage Beauty (2004)
Conspiracy of Silence
The Emperor's New Clothes (2001)
High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
Tomorrow Never Dies
Frankenstein Schiller (1994)
Hugh Bonneville Filmography