West Sussex: Downton’s Hugh Bonneville and his mate Paddington reach the small screen


Paddington Bear makes it to DVD just in time for Easter, starring West Sussex-based Hugh Bonneville.

After remarkable TV success as Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey, Hugh now shares the screen with a humble bear in his latest adventure, alongside Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

The film follows the comic misadventures of a polite young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, Paddington begins to realise city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kind Brown family, who read the label around his neck (“Please look after this bear. Thank you.”) and offer him a temporary haven.

But little do the Browns realise just how much comic mayhem one young bear will bring to their family life, and when this rarest of bears catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat ...

Hugh, who lives just outside Midhurst, said: “It is a perfect holiday treat for Easter that all the family will enjoy, a labour of love for Harry Potter producer David Heyman and a huge success in the cinemas ($230m worldwide and counting). It appeals equally to children of seven and 77. There’s loads of marmalade, lots of silly scrapes plus I get to dress up as a cleaning lady. What’s not to like?” The film was one of last year’s big Christmas hits.