Playing Under the Piano
A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year
‘Delicious and endearing’ Observer
‘Comedy gold’ Sunday Times
‘A riveting account of what it takes to be an actor’ Christina Patterson
‘A writer of considerable urbanity and wit’ Lynn Barber, Daily Telegraph
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. 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 writers 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.
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 A gorgeous book. Warm, friendly , funny and sometimes surprisingly emotional. Very like Hugh himself -- Richard Curtis When other books have been forgotten, this one will be remembered. Hugh Bonneville's considerable talent for writing is on display page after page. Beautiful. Touching. And funny. -- Gary Oldman Charming, joyous and entertaining, just like Hugh. -- Griff Rhys Jones
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