Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is to drop his heirs, graces and, um, trousers, in his new role as the Duke of Milan in new Fox drama Da Vinci’s Demon’s, the Daily Mail reports!
Bonneville, who plays the highly sophisticated Earl of Grantham in the hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey, says he has no reservations about appearing naked for his new, controversial role.
Da Vinci’s Demon’s is a television drama series about Leonardo da Vinci’s early life, written by David S. Goyer for Fox and Starz networks, with the first of eight instalments due to premier on April 12 2013.
The historical fantasy, filmed in the Welsh coastal city of Swansea will explore the untold story of da Vinci “inventing” the future at the age of 25, and is also rumoured to involve the mystery cult known as the Sons of Mithras.
Bonneville, who appears in the series alongside his former Lost In Austen co-star Tom Riley, filmed the part shortly before filming for the fourth series of Downton began earlier this year and said of his casting:
“When Tom Riley calls and says, ‘How do you fancy playing a naked, hungover git who gets assassinated?’, you tend to say, ‘I’m free on Thursday next week.’”