Stiff upper lip for Bonneville double

Published: 13th August 2014

Stiff upper lip for Bonneville double

There was a stiff upper lip in store for Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville after the actor met his waxwork figure at Madame Tussauds in London.

The actor, best known for his role as Lord Grantham in ITV's smash-hit period drama, described the figure as "scarily accurate", right down to the last detail such as his cotton socks .

And Bonneville, who also starred in Twenty Twelve and W1A for the BBC, quipped that at least his "new understudy" could never be accused of wooden performances.

It took 24 months for the £150,000 wax figure to be built.

At the world-famous gallery, it will rub shoulders with other copies of A-listers including George Clooney - who directed and starred with Bonneville in The Monuments Men - and Kate Winslet.

Ben Sweet, general manager at Madame Tussauds, said that Bonneville is probably the most famous "Lord" in the world without an actual seat in the House of Lords.

He said that Downton fans across the world would love measuring up to Lord Grantham.

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