07 August 2020 12:34
Hugh Bonneville wowed viewers at home during his appearance on Thursday's The One Show after revealing his considerable weight loss. As the Downton Abbey actor chatted to presenters Gethin Jones and Alex Jones about the Chichester Festival Theatre's Bank Holiday plans, viewers took to social media to express their surprise. MORE: Downton Abbey: 6 stars who left the show and why Loading the player... WATCH: Hugh Bonneville shows off dramatic weight loss One person wrote: "Hugh Bonneville is unrecognisable on #TheOneShow he's lost loads of weight!" A second person tweeted: "Wow, I didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow to start with! What a transformation!" A third person even wrote: "Blimey, Hugh Bonneville is half the man he used to be #TheOneShow." Plenty of others went as far as to question if it was indeed him.
"Almost didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow. Lost so much weight," wrote another fan, while another commented: "I almost didn't recognise Hugh Bonneville on #TheOneShow is that really him?" MORE: Meet Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville's wife and children Viewers barely recognised the actor The actor was discussing the way in which the Chichester Festival Theatre is continuing to boost the arts during the coronavirus pandemic. The star told the presenters: "Well this is down at Chichester Festival Theatre, and it's their way of reminding the public that it's still there and it's ready to go, it's waiting in the wings for its return." He continued: "It's doing a wonderful weekend over the Bank Holiday weekend. [...] I'm kicking off Monday morning, Bank Holiday Monday reading some stories with some puppeteers for the younger folk." Hugh showed off his dramatic weight loss on The One Show The 56-year-old also discussed the initiative he has been working with that seeks to thanks helpers and those who have made a difference during the pandemic by holding a badge design competition. Hugh even surprised a young contributor, by announcing she was the winner of the competition live on air!
"This great initiative Kin Your Thanks, started in South London as a way to say thank you to people who have gone out of their way to make a difference. This is a way of thanking those who might have gone unnoticed, the unsung heroes," he said. After finalist Evie appeared with her mum, Hugh told her: "Well there have been hundreds of entries from all over the country and we were going to announce the winner later in the week [...] but I'm delighted to say Evie you are the winner." How lovely! Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. Hugh Bonneville fans have said they hardly recognised the star following his dramatic lockdown weight loss. The Downton Abbey actor showed off his new slimline look when he appeared on The One Show this week. Bonneville, 56, was also sporting a new hairstyle, which added to the transformation. Read more: Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes to adapt Wind In The Willows Hugh Bonneville at the World premiere of the film 'Downton Abbey' (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP) More People tuning in could not believe how different the actor looked, with some saying that he had "glowed up". "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. "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. "Is Hugh Bonneville playing Jude Law in his next role?" quipped another. Read more: Hugh Bonneville to narrate wildlife series 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.