Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham | Hugh Bonneville on DVD

If you can’t get enough of Downton Abbey’s Lord Grantham, Hugh Bonneville, here are some of his earlier performances, courtesy of Acorn Media

  • Agatha Christie’s Marple: The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side (2010): Bonneville plays the Inspector sent from Scotland Yard to investigate a murder that took place at a famous Hollywood actress’s garden party. This is quite a large part. Inspector Hewitt is stern, astute, and no-nonsense. On DVD as part of Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple: Fan Favorites Collection (Jan. 29, 2013).
  • Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express (2010): Bonneville plays the valet of the man stabbed to death. He, among the other passengers, plays a key part in the murder. Prior to being valet, the character was a colonel’s batman (soldier serving as a personal servant to a commissioned officer) during the war and later his valet. On DVD as part of Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple: Fan Favorites Collection (Jan. 29, 2013).
  • Bonekickers (2008): From the multi-award-winning team behind Life on Mars and broadcast on BBC, this 2008 action-adventure series follows a motley team of archaeologists as they unearth secrets from the past. Professor Gregory “Dolly” Parton is almost the antithesis of “Lord Grantham”. While both are extremely intelligent men, “Dolly” has a playful and often suggestive side that the Earl of Grantham would find highly improper  On DVD and Blu-ray.
  • Diary of Nobody (2007): First published in 1892, The Diary of a Nobody has never been out of print, and Evelyn Waugh (Brideshead Revisited) proclaimed it “the funniest book in the world.” In Emmy® winner Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones Diary) 2007 adaptation, this comic masterpiece leaps to life in all its quirky glory. In a riveting one-man performance. Hugh Bonneville perfectly captures the small mind and large aspirations of Mr. Charles Pooter, who has become one of the most indelible characters in English literature. U.S. debut on DVD in 2009.
  • Beau Brummel: This Charming Man (2006): This TV movie is a critically acclaimed BBC production about England’s first fashion celebrity. Bonneville plays the Prince opposite James Purefoy (The Following). Before Beau Brummel, British men dressed in the “dandy” style.  The Prince Regent (Bonneville) adapts Brummel’s way of dress and becomes his benefactor until they have a falling out. On DVD.
  • Midsomer Murders: Ring Out Your Dead (2002): In a subplot, Bonneville plays someone desperately near bankruptcy but too proud to ask for help. On DVD.
  • Tipping the Velvet (2002): Hugh plays the brother (Ralph) of Florence Banner, the socialist activist who takes Nan in after Diana throws her out. Nan ends up working for the siblings as a housekeeper.  While she starts an affair with Florence, she also helps Ralph prepare his speech for a socialist rally. On DVD.
  • The Commander (2003, 2005): He recurs as the main criminal in the first series. Commander Clare Blake has risen to the top of her profession in the male-dominated Metropolitan Police Service and is now the head of the serious crimes unit. Some years previously she arrested James Lampton for murder. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison but is now out on parole and is a successful author with a best-selling book.  On DVD.
  • Derek Jacobi’s Cadfael series (1994): Featured in The Sanctuary Sparrow (Season 1, Episode 2). On DVD in Cadfael: Complete Collection.
  • Clive Owen’s Chancer series (1990): Bonneville appears as Jas in his first credited role in Chancer’s first two episodes.


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  1. Cynthia Hunt says:

    He also had a supporting role in Notting Hill.

  2. Jacqueline Pinn says:

    Hugh also had a guest starring role in Doctor Who Series Six. The episode is called “Curse of the Black Spot.”

  3. Bette-Lee Fox says:

    I’m glad all of the Hugh fans are chiming in; the list from Acorn was longer, but we chose for this post some hightlights. Now the “Downton” loyal can indulge even more. Thank you so much.