Hugh Bonneville Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Early Years and Education
Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams was born 10th November 1963, in Paddington, London, England. His parents were both in the medical industry, with his father being a urological surgeon, and his mother, a nurse.
Hugh Bonneville studied at Sherborne School, and then went to Corpus Christi College at Cambridge where he studied theology. Bonneville also went to the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art where he studied acting.
Hugh Bonneville began his career on the stage. He debuted at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park. He then joined the National Theatre in 1987, where he performed in several plays. In 1991, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He performed in various productions over the next few years. During the same period, Hugh Bonneville made his debut on television. He appeared in two episodes of Chancer. His next television appearance was in 1991 when he appeared in five episodes of Dodgem.
In 1994, he debuted in his first movie, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. He co-starred with Robert De Niro and Kenneth Branagh.
Hugh Bonneville's career took off, and between 1994 and 2017, he has been in 38 movies. These include Notting Hill (1999), The Monuments Men (2010), and Paddington 2 (2017).
He has been in 80 productions on television between 1990 and 2018. 23 of these were television movies. Bonneville starred in Downton Abbey between 2010 and 2015, acting in 52 episodes. He was in 13 episodes of Twenty Twelve during 2011-2012, and the narrator in 33 episodes of The Hotel from 2011 to 2014.
In 1998, Hugh Bonneville married Lulu Evans. They have a son together. From the philanthropic viewpoint, Bonneville is a patron of Scene & Heard, a London children’s charity, and he is also an ambassador for WaterAid.