Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville's 'unrecognisable' weight loss

Penny Burfitt
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

Hugh Bonneville fans have said they hardly recognised the star following a dramatic lockdown transformation.

The Downton Abbey actor shocked fans and presenters alike when he appeared on UK TV show, The One Show this week in a live cross from his home after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hugh Bonneville appears on ITV's Downton Abbey at Robert Crawley
Hugh Bonneville is looming very different to his days as Downton Abbey's Robert Crawley. Photo: ITV
High Bonneville looks very slim and not recognisable on the One show 2020
The star was barely recognisable in a TV appearance this week. Photo: The One Show/ BBC

Bonneville, 56, was also sporting a new hairstyle, which added to the transformation.

Rocking a trim buzzcut, none of the formal or turn of the century attire for which he has become known thanks to his iconic role as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey Hugh already had some doing a double-take.

Add to that a very slimmed-down physique, and the star was barely recognisable to plenty of fans who shared gobsmacked reaction online.

Twitter fans lose it over ‘unrecognisable’ transformation

Hugh Bonneville before and after weight loss transformation in 2020 lockdown new look
Compared with snaps from a few years back, the star looks like a different person fans are arguing. Photo: ITV

People tuning in could not believe how different the actor looked, flooding Twitter with commentary around his new look.

Some wrote saying that he was showing off a ‘glow up’.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

“How skinny does Hugh look!?” one surprised fan posted on Twitter.

“Had to do a ‘double-take’. Didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville at first. Looking amazing,” said another.

Photo: Twitter
Photo: Twitter

“Almost didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow. Lost so much weight,” one viewer tweeted.

“He looks totally different!” exclaimed another.

“Wow, I didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow to start with! What a transformation!” gushed another fan.

There was also the suggestion that Bonneville now looks a lot like some other famous faces.

“Hugh Bonneville or Bear Grylls?” asked one person.

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“Is Hugh Bonneville playing Jude Law in his next role?” quipped another.

The actor is best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in hit drama series Downton Abbey.

But his other big roles include Mr Henry Brown in the Paddington movies and Ian Fletcher in the series W1A.

Additional reporting by Julia Hunt

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