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William Gaminara , Hugh Bonneville - Hugh Bonneville stars as Dr. Stockmann in Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" at The Chichester Festival Theatre - Chichester, United Kingdom - Friday 29th April 2016
Monty Python star Eric Idle has blasted period drama Downton Abbey.
Idle, 72, is disturbed by fans love of shows such as the period drama and slammed the show and it's ilk for it's portrayal of "upper class twits" and "sexually available domestic servants".
"I love and adore the English. Well, not all of them. I hate the smugly sentimental upstairs/downstairs world of the upper-classes and their nostalgia for country estates and servants," he told British newspaper The Daily Mail.
"You know, those TV series about fat-faced, smug, f**king upper-class twits where happy and kindly aristocrats are lovingly and gratifyingly served by contented, sexually available domestic servants."
Continue reading: Eric Idle Blasts Downton Abbey
These actors have plenty in store this year.
It's been just over two months since 'Downton Abbey' ended for UK viewers, while the US still has the sixth and final series to complete. So what have all the main cast members been up to and where are we going to see them next? Some are sticking to the UK, but others are broadening their horizons.
But what's Maggie Smith up to?
Many of the 'Downton Abbey' stars were already well-established in their own right, but for others the show has been a stepping stone to bigger things. Hugh Bonneville is of the former category, and he's looking pretty busy this year what with the new 'Hollow Crown' series coming up in which he stars as the Duke of Gloucester. He's also finished filming the UK/Indian drama 'Viceroy's House' with Michael Gambon and Gillian Anderson.
Continue reading: What's Next For The Stars Of 'Downton Abbey'?
British actor Hugh Bonneville is returning to the stage after a decade-long absence.
The Downton Abbey star will play Dr. Stockmann, who discovers the contamination of popular public baths but faces a fight to reveal the truth, in a production of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People at the Chichester Festival Theatre in England.
The play, which runs from 22 April (16) to 21 May (16), is Bonneville's first stage acting role since 2004, when he performed in Cloaca at London's Old Vic under the direction of Kevin Spacey.
During the theatre's new season, Bonneville's former Downton boss Julian Fellowes will unveil a revised version of musical Half a Sixpence, which he has written, in July (16).
The Cast Of Downton Abbey Were Searched By The Production Crew To Make Sure They Did Not Take Any Set Mementos Home On The Last Day Of Filming.
The cast, which includes Hugh Bonneville, Dame Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery, finished shooting the final episode of the period drama in August (15) but were not allowed to keep any of the props from the show.
Bonneville has revealed they were even searched before they left the set for good so they could not smuggle mementos home.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Production were checking our pockets (to make sure) that we weren't stealing anything!"
Continue reading: Downton Abbey Cast Searched For Props On Last Day Of Filming
Downton Abbey Stars Including Hugh Bonneville And Penelope Wilton Performed Readings And Hymns At A Fundraising Christmas Carol Concert In London On Tuesday Night (15dec15).
Bonneville and Wilton were joined by former co-star Robert Bathurst, Howard's End star Samuel West, About Time actor Tom Hollander and Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas at the festive show.
The stars performed readings at the concert and sung along to hymns led by opera singers Kate Royal and Matthew Rose at London's famous St. Paul's Cathedral.
The event raised $800,000 (£500,000) for Cancer Research U.K. The concert has achieved more than $3.2 million (£2 million) in funds since it was founded in 1994.
Continue reading: Downton Abbey Stars Perform Readings At Charity Christmas Carol Concert
Fans are joining #TeamEdith, after the Crawley sister was once again done out of her happy ending.
Yes there’s still a Christmas special to come, but after six series on ITV, ‘Downton Abbey’ ended its run last night, with a surprise wedding and a suicide attempt. But while Lady Mary Crawley got what she wanted (as usual), her younger sister Edith was denied her own happy ending, leaving some viewers furious.
After six seasons ‘Downton Abbey’ has ended on ITV.
During the episode unlucky in love Edith had her chances of happiness stolen, when sister Mary ruined her relationship by revealing details of her secret love child to fiancé the Marquess of Hexham, Bertie Pelham. But while Edith faced a lifetime of loneliness, all was okay for Mary, as she wed Henry Talbot.
SPOILER ALERT: The incident happened near the end of Sunday night's episode.
There was absolutely no contest on Monday as to what the previous night’s ‘watercooler moment’ on TV had been, as the shocking end of the most recent episode of ‘Downton Abbey’ took most of us by surprise.
The normally genteel ITV programme, currently in the middle of its sixth and final season, temporarily turned into something resembling a scene from Alien as Lord Grantham’s stomach complaint, a plotline bubbling under the four episodes in the series thus far, erupted – quite literally – as his ulcer burst, causing him to projectile vomit blood over the dinner table and his dining companions.
Looking increasingly pale as the hour-long episode went on, Lord Grantham (played by Hugh Bonneville) stood up in the middle of dinner to interrupt an argument about a local hospital to declare he was feeling unwell, when the bloody scene unfolded.
Continue reading: Bloody 'Downton Abbey' Scene Leaves Viewers Stunned
British Actor Michael Fox Almost Passed Out On The Set Of Downton Abbey As They Shot A Controversial Stomach-churning Scene.
Many viewers of the hit period drama were left feeling squeamish during the broadcast of a new episode in the U.K. on Sunday (18Oct15) when Hugh Bonneville's character projectile-vomited blood during a dinner party.
Several fans have already complained to U.K. TV watchdog the Office of Communications (Ofcom) about the graphic moment, and many more took to social media after the screening to compare it to a gory horror movie.
Now Fox, who plays a footman called Andy in the show, has revealed only the main actors involved in the scene knew what was about to happen, and he was taken by surprise and almost fainted when he saw the fake blood.
Continue reading: Michael Fox Almost Fainted At Downton Abbey Blood Scene
Thousands Of Downton Abbey Fans Were Left Green Around The Gills When A Character Vomited Blood During A Dinner Scene In The Latest Episode Of The Period Drama.
The final season of the hit show began airing in the U.K. last month (Sep15) but the latest episode, broadcast on Sunday night (18Oct15), has sparked a storm online.
In a grisly scene, the Earl of Grantham, played by Hugh Bonneville, falls ill and unexpectedly projectile vomits blood over fellow guests at a dinner party, but fans took to social media in droves to complain about the stomach-churning moment.
Many accused producers of taking the show down an unwelcome graphic route, while others compared it to gory horror movies Saw, Alien, and The Exorcist.
Continue reading: Downton Abbey Viewers Shocked Over Bloody Scene
British actress Phyllis Logan has revealed she ''definitely'' wants to make a 'Downton Abbey' movie.
Phyllis Logan ''definitely'' wants to make a 'Downton Abbey' movie.
The 59-year-old actress - who stars as housekeeper Mrs Hughes in the popular period drama - has added her voice to calls for the iconic TV show to be transformed into a movie, but she acknowledged there are several obstacles that first need to be overcome.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz about making the much-discussed movie, Phyllis said: ''Well, I definitely would. It would be lovely. But logistically it's quite complex because there are so many of us.''
Continue reading: Phyllis Logan: I Definitely Want A Downton Abbey Movie
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