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  • From Downton to Darkest Peru
  • By: Hugh Bonneville
  • Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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Playing Under the Piano

By: Hugh Bonneville
Narrated by: Hugh Bonneville
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Summary

This exclusive recording includes 6 extended chapters that are unique to the audiobook.

Hugh Bonneville is one of Britain's most accomplished actors, whose credits include Downton Abbey, W1A and the Paddington films.

Hugh Bonneville is one of Britain's most accomplished actors, familiar to audiences worldwide for his roles in Notting Hill, the Paddington films and Downton Abbey. From getting his big break as Third Shepherd in the school nativity play, to mistaking a Hollywood star for an estate agent, Hugh creates a brilliantly vivid picture of a career on stage and screen. What is it like working with Judi Dench and Julia Roberts, or playing Robert de Niro's right leg, or not being Gary Oldman, twice? A wickedly funny storyteller, Hugh also writes with poignancy about his father's dementia and of his mother, whose life in the secret service only emerged after her death. Whether telling stories of working with divas, Dames or a bear with a penchant for marmalade, this is a richly entertaining account of his life as an actor.

©2022 Hugh Bonneville (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Utterly charming." (Jack Whitehall)

"Deliciously naughty." (Celia Imrie)

"A gorgeous book." (Richard Curtis)

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I'm a landscape gardener and I listen to audiobooks all day long through my ear defenders. I'm surprised I haven't been taken away by the people in white coats due to my raucous laughing. This book is absolutely hilarious, I laughed my socks off. Just one error........ it's a Union flag Hugh, not a Union jack......... schoolboy error. I think thus far I've listened to this book 5 times, I love it

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Humour, sincerity, and sentimentality.

Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Sensitively written in parts, bloody good fun with belly laughs in others. Highly recommended.

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Entertaining right way through!

I bought this book on a whim so was pleasantly surprised by how entertained I was. Hugh is brilliant to listen to, and hearing him speak his own story made the words that much more meaningful and profound. I loved the stories and how the behind the scenes anecdotes. I was also really touched to hear his reflection on life. Thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend. I may need to listen to it again.

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Wonderful

A really enjoyable listen. So many personal moments shared in humour and a reflection of why you made such a fantastic Mr Brown.

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Boring

Found it really difficult to get into this book… I’ll give it another crack though

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Interesting and well narrated

I really enjoyed this book. The balance was good, partly about Hugh’s upbringing and partly about his career. Worth a read I would say

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GOT BORED

Struggled with this book. Got fed up with stories of his theatre work mainly

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5 Stars all the way.

Not usually interested in celebrity memoirs. I caught snippet of this one and thought it was funny. I was right thankfully. It is brilliant, funny and so very witty. Hugh is a brilliant storyteller.

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Fantastic and moving stories

I loved this book, listened to it in a few days. Wonderfully read and thoroughly entertaining but also very moving in parts. It genuinely made me laugh out loud a number of times which is always great, couldn’t recommend highly enough

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a sensitively handled anecdotal autobiography

I liked the way Hugh told stories about his work and anecdotes of his relationships with other actors, and especially with his family.

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