Hugh Bonneville won't do period dramas for 18 months

Hugh Bonneville will be taking a break from "pre-war" acting roles and will consider them again in 18 months

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Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville won't star in any more period dramas for 18 months after 'Downton Abbey'.

The 51-year-old actor has just finished filming the final series of the ITV show, in which he plays the Earl of Grantham, and claimed he has "had enough of the stiff collars".

He said: "My agent and I had a discussion recently and I've got one rule, that for the next 18 months I don't do anything pre-war. I've had enough of the stiff collars. Never say never, but it's time to give the white tie and tails a rest."

The 'Paddington' star insisted he's loved his time on the popular drama but feels it's come to an end at the right time.

He added: "I will always look on it with huge affection and gratitude because not only this bunch of people but the experience has a whole has been transformative really, really it has. But it's time to say goodbye."

Hugh has confessed, however, that reading the end to his character's story definitely put a tear in his eye.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I got a lump in my throat reading the final episode. I think that was also to do with realising it was the last time I was ever going to be reading one of these scripts and they have been such a pleasure to read. But the way it ends is very appropriate."

The sixth and final series of 'Downton Abbey' will come to an end with this year's Christmas Special.

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