Petworth Festival welcomes one of Britain’s most loved actors, Hugh Bonneville. Hugh’s many film credits include Notting Hill, Iris, The Monuments Men, Viceroy’s House, the two Paddington films and most recently, Downton Abbey written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Michael Engler. His television roles include the BAFTA-winning Twenty Twelve and W1A (BBC) and Robert Crawley in ITV’s global hit, Downton Abbey, for which he received nominations for a Golden Globe, two Emmys and along with his fellow cast members won three SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Hugh recently appeared on stage as C.S. Lewis in Shadowlands at Chichester Festival Theatre.
He is a patron of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, The National Youth Arts Trust, Scene & Heard, The Primary Shakespeare Company and the South Downs National Park Trust.
Olivia Cole is a writer and literary editor for British GQ. She writes about film, books, travel and culture and has contributed to many titles including Vanity Fair, the Evening Standard and The Spectator, as well as frequently speaking at festivals and on the radio and TV. Olivia read English at Christ Church, Oxford and is also an award-winning poet and author of the collection Restricted View.
Hugh Bonneville (photo: Stuart McClymont)