Hugh Bonneville


Best known for playing Robert Crawley in the British historical period drama Downton Abbey, Hugh Bonneville is an award-winning television, film and stage actor that has also starred in Paddington and Doctor Who. With his acting career spanning over a variety of different genres, Bonneville has become hugely popular across a wide range of audiences. Now a highly sought-after speaker, Hugh is able to refer to unique and compelling anecdotes from his incredible career to create the best possible atmosphere at your next event.

Having studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and the National Youth Theatre, Bonneville began performing with the National Theatre before playing Laertes in Kenneth Branagh’s rendition of Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991. Beginning his acting career majoritively in stage acting, he also played Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Kastril in The Alchemist.

He made his television debut in 1991 and his film debut in 1994 before receiving opportunities to appear in high-profile productions including the BAFTA-winning Iris, the highly popular Paddington film series and Downton Abbey. Throughout his five year period with the ITV drama, Hugh received a Golden Globe award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards for his performance as the Earl of Grantham. The series with six additions has won over 50 national awards and released a film majorly featuring Bonneville in September 2019.

In 1994, Hugh ventured into the production side of acting and co-produced the acclaimed Beautiful Thing alongside the now award-winning Jonathan Harvey. He also wrote and directed Half Time alongside Christopher Luscombe which was dubbed as side-splittingly funny by The Independent.

The patron of the many organisations such as the National Youth Theatre, The National Youth Arts Trust and Mousetrap Theatre Projects, it’s evident that Bonneville has a major influence on the acting community. Also the patron of the South Downs National Park Trust, Bonneville is playing a part in the nurturing of the environment.

A loveable and highly popular personality, Hugh Bonneville is the perfect event attendee to create the most positive and cheerful atmosphere. As a unique and compelling after-dinner speaker, Bonneville is very quickly become one of the most popular actors to attend corporate events and functions.

To book British actor Hugh Bonneville for your next event or function, simply get in touch with the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.