Hugh Bonneville dishes on 'Paddington' and success of 'Downton Abbey'

January 18, 2015 2:01 PM

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Hugh Bonneville dishes on 'Paddington' and success of 'Downton Abbey'

For decades Hugh Bonneville had a typical career for a working English actor. Roles on stage, radio plays, lots of TV shows and of course some movies including a terrific turn in “Notting Hill.” But of course that’s all changed in the last few years since he started ruling the manor in “Downton Abbey.” And now he’s starring opposite an adorable bear in the delightful kid’s comedy, “Paddington,” based on the classic book series. The 51-year-old actor spoke to FOX411 about “Paddington” and of course “Downton Abbey.”

Bonneville: Absolutely. It was a childhood character that meant a lot to me. Mum and Dad used to read those little short stories to me and then when I was a bit older I read them to myself and he became one of my buddies.

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