Hugh Bonneville eyeing up EastEnders role

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 March 2013
Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville has revealed he wouldn't say no to a role in 'EastEnders' once period drama 'Downton Abbey' comes to an end

Hugh Bonneville would like a role on 'EastEnders'.

The 'Downton Abbey' actor could see himself swapping the luxurious life of the Earl of Grantham on the ITV period drama for a more humble existence in Albert Square, after having got a taste for the BBC One soap when he made a brief cameo appearance in 1995.

Hugh - who played a headmaster for a single episode - teased: "I might go back. I am a jobbing actor and I will take whatever comes along, thank you very much. I would never say never.

"The actors who work in soaps are the hardest working actors. The amount of material they have to learn is so much. It's phenomenal."

While the 49-year-old star wants to be a part of 'Downton' for as long as possible, he believes series writer Julian Fellowes should "quit while he's ahead" because she show might lose its impact.

This comes after Julian admitted he was unsure about the future of the programme as he is committed to a new drama called 'The Gilded Age', which he hopes will be picked up by American network NBC.

Hugh told The Mirror newspaper: "I honestly don't know how long Julian can go on with Downton - I don't know if there will be a fifth series.

"I am sure the money men would like it to go on for ever and ever because it does sell extremely well around the world.

"I hope Julian quits while he is ahead but he is a wise soul."

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