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'Downton Abbey' Hugh Bonneville: 'I'd consider EastEnders role'

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Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville has revealed that he would consider a move to EastEnders if the period drama came to an end.

The actor, famous for his role as the Earl of Grantham, made a brief cameo appearance in the BBC One soap back in 1995 when he played a headmaster for a single episode.

Downton Abbey - Christmas Special 2012:  HUGH BONNEVILLE as Lord Grantham and ELIZABETH MCGOVERN as Lady Cora

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Bonneville in Downton



Speaking to The Mirror, he said: "I might go back. I am a jobbing actor and I will take whatever comes along, thank you very much. I would never say never.

"The actors who work in soaps are the hardest-working actors. The amount of material they have to learn is so much. It's phenomenal."

Bonneville's comments come after Downton writer Julian Fellowes cast doubt over the show's future after revealing he is penning a new drama series called The Gilded Age, which he hopes will be picked up by American network NBC.

"I honestly don't know how long Julian can go on with Downton – I don't know if there will be a fifth series," Bonneville added.

"I am sure the money men would like it to go on forever and ever because it does sell extremely well around the world.

"I hope Julian quits while he is ahead but he is a wise soul."

A fourth series of Downton Abbey was recently announced.

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