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Playing Under the Piano

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781408716854

Price: £22

ON SALE: 13th October 2022

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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Hugh Bonneville is one of Britain’s best-loved actors, whose credits include Downton Abbey, W1A and the Paddington films.

‘Utterly charming’ Jack Whitehall
‘Funny, touching, revealing’ Gyles Brandreth
‘A gorgeous book’ Richard Curtis

From getting his big break as Third Shepherd in the school nativity play, to navigating Highclere Castle’s complex labrador policy, 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 naturally gifted writer and 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.


A gorgeous book. Warm, friendly , funny and sometimes surprisingly emotional. Very like Hugh himself
Richard Curtis
Really enjoyed this. Wonderfully funny and utterly charming - just like the man himself!
Jack Whitehall
By turns funny, touching, revealing - full of insights, delights and surprises. I couldn't have enjoyed it more
Gyles Brandreth