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BAFTA Hosts Hugh Bonneville Masterclass and other events in Hong Kong

26 November 2015
Event: In Conversation with Hugh BonnevilleDate: 26 November 2015Venue: Grand CinemaHost: Lisa S.BAFTA/James Goldman

Star of Downton Abbey and Paddington shares career secrets and craft insights at ‘In Conversation With’ event

Event follows local school visits and private gala dinner

Hong Kong, 26 November 2015: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosted an ‘In Conversation With’ masterclass event today with actor Hugh Bonneville in front of a live public audience at The Grand Cinema, Hong Kong.

Interviewed by Lisa S, Hugh Bonneville’s masterclass shared insights into his career with newcomers to the industry, students and members of the public. The masterclass was the culmination of a two-day BAFTA trip for Bonneville that also saw him visit two local schools and attend a private gala dinner at The Peninsula Hong Kong in support of the charity’s ongoing activity in Asia. This activity has been supported by partners including The Peninsula hotels, British Airways, Champagne Taittinger, the British Council and Shakespeare4All.

Hugh Bonneville is perhaps best known for his role as the Earl of Grantham in global hit television series Downton Abbey. He has also had an extensive film career stretching from Notting Hill (1998) through Mansfield Park (1999), Iris (2001), The Monuments Men (2013) and Paddington (2014), and has just finished shooting Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, alongside Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon. Bonneville’s television work includes The Hollow Crown (2016), Five Days, Doctor Who, as well as the BAFTA winning comedy Twenty Twelve. He also spent several seasons with the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Earlier this month, BAFTA hosted multiple masterclasses in association with M.A.C Cosmetics with hair and make up designer Naomi Donne in mainland China and Hong Kong. Hugh Bonneville’s masterclass and school visits today are part of the same BAFTA programme that aims to encourage creative collaboration between the UK and Asia by bringing together talented individuals from the film, television and games industries to share their skills and expertise.

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Hugh Bonneville and wife Lulu Williams with Rainy Chan (GM, The Peninsula Hong Kong) on left and Amanda Berry (CEO, BAFTA)on right at private gala dinner
Hugh Bonneville and Katherine Yip with BAFTA scholars Wan Pin Chu on left and Tian Macleod Ji on right
Hugh Bonneville with Carina Lau
Wan Pin Chu (BAFTA scholar) playing erhu at private gala dinner
Hugh Bonneville with Lisa S at ‘In Conversation With’ masterclass
Hugh Bonneville shares insights into his career with industry newcomers and members of the public at ‘In Conversation With’ masterclass
Hugh Bonneville takes questions from the audience at ‘In Conversation With’ masterclass
Hugh Bonneville with a fan at ‘In Conversation With’ masterclass
Hugh Bonneville and Lisa S with British Airways ambassadors at ‘In Conversation With’
Hugh Bonneville meets local school children


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For further information about BAFTA’s activities in Hong Kong, please contact:

Nick Williams at BAFTA (UK)
T 020 7292 5865
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Tim Fung at FleishmanHillard (Hong Kong)
T +852 2586 7892
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Lei Hu at FleishmanHillard (Hong Kong)
T +852 2586 7893
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. In addition to its Awards ceremonies, BAFTA has a year-round programme of learning events and initiatives – featuring workshops, masterclasses, scholarships, lectures and mentoring schemes – in the UK, USA and Asia; it offers unique access to the world’s most inspiring talent and connects with a global audience of all ages and backgrounds. BAFTA relies on income from membership subscriptions, individual donations, trusts, foundations and corporate partnerships to support its ongoing outreach work. To access the best creative minds in film, television and games production, visit For more, visit

About BAFTA in Asia
Since 2013, BAFTA has worked with partners in mainland China and Hong Kong to deliver masterclasses and international scholarships and engaging world-renowned, award-winning filmmakers, actors and craftspeople to take part, including Johnnie To, Duncan Kenworthy, Eddie Redmayne and Lois Burwell. Through such events and initiatives, BAFTA promotes a spirit of open, creative collaboration between the UK and China and encourages cross-cultural exchange.

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