Hugh Bonneville: Americans ‘A Bit Dotty’ About ‘Downton’

Hugh Bonneville at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea on September 21. (Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

Hugh Bonneville at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea on September 21. (Photo: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

“I’m a bit embarrassed about it, in a very British way,” Hugh Bonneville said of his Best Actor in a Drama series Emmy nomination while speaking to the BBC’s Alastair Leithhead at the BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea party yesterday (September 21). The Downton Abbey patriarch was modest about his chances at taking home a trophy against last year’s winner (and fellow Brit) Damian Lewis and the man he sees as a favorite, Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston. Watch our interview, in which Bonneville also compares American and British reactions to his popular costume soap opera.

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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