Bonneville helps aspiring filmmaker
Hugh Bonneville has starred in a film entry for the Virgin Media Shorts 2013 competition.
The star of Downton Abbey was cast in the short film called The Dinner Party, which was produced by Emilia Reid, and shows his character waiting for some dinner guests to arrive during a snow storm.
Also appearing in another competition entry is Lovejoy actor Dudley Sutton, who plays a character who crosses paths with a young girl visiting her brother's grave in Remember Me, directed by James Gardiner.
Virgin Media Shorts offers aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened on Virgin Media's TV service with TiVo and in Picturehouse cinemas around the country, as well as the chance to win £30,000 for their next project and the help of BFI in its production.
The films starring Hugh and Dudley will go up against 800 other shorts to make the shortlist of 13, which a judging panel including Shane Meadows will choose a winner from, and the public can choose their own favourite in the Nikon People's Choice Award to receive £5,000 funding and £5,000 worth of Nikon camera equipment.
Hugh can also be seen later this year in World War II drama The Monuments Men with George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray.
Dudley appears later this year in Katherine Of Alexandria alongside Peter O'Toole and Steven Berkoff.