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“None of the principal characters are one-dimensional: just when you think you had your character sorted, Julian would pull out another strand of that character that would surprise you, be it toughness or a vulnerability. Apart from all that, I’ve always said: it’s just a damn good bit of telly.”

Saying Goodbye to Lord Grantham: Hugh Bonneville Dishes on His ‘Downton’ Years
The Daily Beast, March 7, 2016

On Sunday night, Lord Grantham—or “Raaarbert,” as his American wife Cora purringly knew him—contentedly oversaw a houseful of happy endings, the sweetest of which was the marriage of his daughter Edith to Bertie Pelham, and the sweatiest and most order-subverting of which was servant Anna having her and Mr Bates’s baby in Lady Mary’s bed.

Edith said she was amazed that she could be so happy, and more so her father for a child (aka “Poor Edith”) who, as he put it, “has hardly known a day’s happiness in the last ten years.”

In the six seasons of the show, Lord G, played by Hugh Bonneville, was assailed by social change all around him, whether that was having to accept that Downton and its purpose and structure needed to change, alongside gender equality and much more, usually precipitated by some kind of scandal.

He was a good sport about it all, and was less forbidding patriarch than a guy, happiest with a beloved canine at his feet and enjoying as quiet a life as possible of relative family harmony and doing the right thing.

Lord G’s own mini-saga in the finale was accepting Cora’s fulfillment in running the village hospital.

The silkily-voiced, very funny Bonneville talked to The Daily Beast about Lord Grantham’s sagas, puking up all that blood in one of the series’ most memorable scenes, Dame Maggie Smith’s love of cat videos on YouTube, and why the show reveled in both depth and silliness.

Of Sunday night’s much-anticipated finale in the US (shown in the UK on Christmas Day), Bonneville said, “For us, the wave has already broken on the beach and is now gently receding. It’s lovely to know another wave is about to break, and I’m already feeling nostalgic about it. It’s like saying goodbye to a respected ocean liner sailing into the sunset.”

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The colourful life of Howard Hodgkin

The Times, March 22, 2008

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Vidal Sassoon: Not bad for a hairdresser

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