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Downton star at Lord's Published: 05 April 2013

Downton star at Lord's

Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert Crawley – the Earl of Grantham, in the award winning ITV series Downton Abbey - was at Lord’s to promote the new exhibition at the MCC Museum, sponsored by J.P. Morgan.

The archive here was very helpful

The exhibition will feature the costume research for the Downton Abbey cricket episode, which took place in the MCC Library.

The 49-year-old actor was wearing the shirt, jumper, trousers and shoes he wore during the filming of the final episode of Series Three, which the TV company has since loaned to the MCC Museum.

Watch: Hugh Bonneville at Lord's



The shirt, trousers and shoes worn by Jim Carter (who plays Mr Carson) during the cricket scene are also currently on loan from Carnival Productions.

Bonneville strolled out onto the Lord's turf with legendary Middlesex & England batsman Patsy Hendren's bat, which he borrowed from the MCC Museum for the morning.

Hendren, who played from 1907 to 1937, was a prolific batsman of his day scoring 57,611 first class runs at an average of 50.80 including a phenomenal 170 centuries.

Only Sir Jack Hobbs, with 199, has scored more hundreds.

"The archive (MCC) here was very helpful in getting the right look for the costumes," Bonneville told Lord's TV.

"We shot the cricket sequence over three days…it was great fun for ageing men like me and Jim Carter to ease our muscles a bit and pretend we knew what we were doing."

The cricket scenes were filmed at Highclere Castle in Newbury, Berkshire.

The new MCC Museum exhibition will be officially opened on May 15 before the Investec Test match at Lord's between England and New Zealand.


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