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Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville pledges long-term loyalty to series

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

HUGH Bonneville, aka Earl Robert Crawley in Downton Abbey, has pledged his loyalty to the series, and to the stars and creative forces that he now considers “family”.

Asked by The Daily Mail whether he would ever be tempted to quit the show in favour of Hollywood, the actor said he couldn’t imagine leaving the show behind.

Referring to the quality of writing and his passion for Britain, Bonneville said: “I wouldn’t like to break Hollywood. I’ve worked there several times, but my home is the UK. That’s where my work and my roots are.

“It has become like a family to me. When [creator] Julian Fellowes says ‘Jump’, you say ‘How high?’ because you want better lines in the next episode.”

Bonneville is nevertheless delighted by Downton‘s success in America, which commands greater audiences than the likes of Mad Men, and which has seen his performance recognised with a Golden Globe nomination.

It was also named ‘Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television’.

Bonneville also commented on his recent appearance in Doctor Who, which he described as “a dream”.

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