MCM: Hugh Bonneville


He may not be an obvious dreamboat, but Hugh Bonneville is one of those character actors who we can’t help but love whenever he shows up in a historical costume movie or TV show. He’ll play high drama or ridiculous comedy with equal aplomb, and he looks as dapper in 1920s black-tie as he does in a Victorian frock coat. While the young pups get all the ladies, let’s not ignore the mature charms of Mr. Bonneville!


Victor Savage in “The Dying Detective,” The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)

Hugh Bonneville, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)


Daniel Aurifaber in “The Sanctuary Sparrow,” Cadfael (1994)

Hugh Bonneville, Cadfael (1994)


Schiller in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

Hugh Bonneville, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)


Mr. Rushworth in Mansfield Park (1999)

Hugh Bonneville, Mansfield Park (1999)


Charles Bovary in Madame Bovary (2000)

Hugh Bonneville, Madame Bovary (2000)


Ralph Banner in Tipping the Velvet (2002)

Hugh Bonneville, Tipping the Velvet (2002)


Henleigh Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda (2002)

Hugh Bonneville, Daniel Deronda (2002)


Samuel Pepys in Stage Beauty (2004)

Hugh Bonneville, Stage Beauty (2004)


Prince Regent in Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006)


Rev. Brook Bridges in Miss Austen Regrets (2008)

Hugh Bonneville, Miss Austen Regrets (2008)


Mr. Bennet in Lost in Austen (2008)

Hugh Bonneville, Lost in Austen (2008)


Gilbert in Glorious 39 (2009)

Hugh Bonneville, Glorious 39 (2009)


Captain Oldknow in From Time to Time (2009)

Hugh Bonneville, From Time to Time (2009)


Pontius Pilate in Ben Hur (2010)

Hugh Bonneville, Ben Hur (2010)


Ben Sanger in Shanghai (2010)

Hugh Bonneville, Shanghai (2010)


Edward Masterman in “Murder on the Orient Express,” Agatha Christie’s Poirot (2010)

Hugh Bonneville, Agatha Christie's Poirot (2010)


Lord Harrington in Burke and Hare (2010)

Hugh Bonneville, Burke and Hare (2010)


Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey (2010-2015)


Captain Henry Avery in “The Curse of the Black Spot,” Doctor Who (2011)

Hugh Bonneville, Doctor Who (2011)


Duke of Milan in “The Hanged Man,” Da Vinci’s Demons (2013)

Hugh Bonneville, Da Vinci's Demons (2013)


Pirate King in Galavant (2015-2016)

Hugh Bonneville, Galavant (2015-2016)


Gloucester in “Henry VI Part 1,” The Hollow Crown (2016)

Hugh Bonneville, The Hollow Crown (2016)


Lord Louis Mountbatten in Viceroy’s House (2017)

Hugh Bonneville, Viceroy's House (2017)



What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role that Hugh Bonneville has portrayed?

14 Responses

  1. Susan Pola Staples

    My fav Hugh role is Robert Lord Grantham aka Isis’ owner and Cora’s husband.

  2. broughps

    Too hard to pick, but I’m partial to silly so might have to go with Pirate King in Galavant.

    • Lady Hermina De Pagan

      I’m with you! But then I adore the song “the lords of the sea.”

  3. Lyn Robb

    Talk about coincidence, I literally just finished listening to Hugh narrating Ian Fleming ‘s Goldfinger (excellent rendition). I love Hugh any way he comes. He shows up in many places and it’s always a kick to spot him.

  4. Liza Jane

    Oh, I adore him! A big fluffy puppy with serious manliness.

  5. Melanie

    I’ve watched Daniel Deronda several times and always forget he’s in it, because he’s cold as ice and manipulative as heck–a real snake and a far cry from his fluffy-and-stern-as-need-arises roles. What an actor!

  6. Kathleen Werner

    I love so many of these – he was hilarious as Rushworth in Mansfield Park, but my favorite role of his was a Bernie in Notting Hill – super hilarious in that one! I had no idea he was in so many period pieces.

    • Lottie

      Yes, he was delightfully (and so endearingly) ridiculous as Rushworth!