Best known for his role as Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey, the 58-year-old English actor made his movie debut in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994, and has gone on to appear in The Vicar of Dibley, Doctor Who, Mansfield Park, Notting Hill, Tomorrow Never Dies, and the Paddington movies amongst others.
Playing Under the Piano: From Downton to Darkest Peru will be published in October by Hachette who describe the book as “a moving, laugh-out-loud memoir from one of today’s best-loved British actors.”
As well as sharing details on his entertaining life working as an actor, Bonneville also writes with poignancy about his father’s dementia and of his mother, whose life in the secret service only emerged after her death.
‘Hugh Bonneville’s considerable talent for writing is on display page after page. Beautiful. Touching. And funny’ said Gary Oldman.