Hugh Bonneville

He’s the star of Downton Abbey, Paddington, Viceroy’s House and W1A. Today, I’m joined by one of Britain’s best loved actors - and part-time vaccine volunteer - Hugh Bonneville. 

Hugh stars in a new film called To Olivia where he plays the celebrated author Roald Dahl. We talk about that later on in the interview - and he was just so lovely to chat to on a very rainy gloomy lockdown day. I’ve interviewed Hugh a few times in the past and he never fails to make me laugh. He’s travelled so extensively both through his work and through being a really keen traveller himself, so we cover a lot of ground. 

He transports us to the deserts of Utah and to pockets of serenity among the chaos of India. We visit the pristine coves of the Costa Brava and the campsites of France. And he reveals what is on the cards for Downton Abbey and Paddington, if you’re a fan of either (or both like me) you’ll be very happy with what Hugh has to say!


Destination Recap:

  • France 
  • Tamariu, Costa Brava, Spain
  • Aigua Xelida, Spain
  • Aigua Blava, Spain 
  • Sherbourne, Dorset, England 
  • Road trip through Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya
  • Nile River Boat, Sudan
  • Juba, Sudan
  • India
  • Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives
  • Amangiri, Utah, USA
  • Mihir Garh, Jodphur, India
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
  • South America


To Olivia, a Sky Original film, is out on Sky Cinema and NOW TV right now. 

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Thank you so much for listening, and I’ll be back next week. 

Today’s episode was recorded during the UK’s Covid-19 lockdown. It was produced by Holly Rubenstein.


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