Q: "Notting Hill" is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. Can you tell me who played Hugh Grant's single friend, and where I recognize him from?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Hugh Grant's friend Bernie, referred to at one point in the film as "the worst stockbroker in the whole world" after he loses his job, is played by Hugh Bonneville, who is probably best known today for being a little more financially secure in "Downton Abbey."

He played Robert Crawley, the Earl of Grantham, in all six seasons of the smash-hit PBS/ITV series. That's been by far his biggest role, but it's had a lot of competition: Bonneville has more than 100 acting credits to his name, almost all in his native Britain. Though you'd have to be a bit of an anglophile to know most of them, there are a few that are familiar over here.

His somewhat stodgy demeanour, honed by years of playing an earl in "Downton Abbey," helped him land another of his most notable parts, playing the patriarch of the Brown family, whose fairly quiet life is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a homeless and danger-prone bear in the 2014 family film "Paddington." He'll be repeating the role in the aptly named "Paddington 2," due out early next year.

He's also known to North American audiences for his recent turn on the oddball ABC fantasy-comedy series "Galavant." He played the pirate king in a couple of episodes of the cultishly beloved, but now canceled, series.

Despite all of his success, he'd probably be gratified to hear that you singled him out from among "Notting Hill's" impressive cast. The film, released in 1999, features both Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant at the height of their very lofty careers. It also features modern-great Welsh character actor Rhys Ifans, and Tim McInnerney, one of the stars of the beloved British sitcom "Blackadder."


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