Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams, known professionally as Hugh Bonneville, is an English stage, film, television, and radio actor who is most notable for his role as Robert Crawley, the 7th Earl of Grantham on Downton Abbey. He is also the voice of Merlin the Experimental Tender Engine from Thomas & Friends.
For Disney, he appeared in Muppets Most Wanted as a journalist being bribed by Dominic Badguy. He also did additional voices in The Replacements episode "London Calling", voiced the Book Narrator in Sofia the First, and voiced Santa Claus (as an anthropomorphic polar bear) in DuckTales. He also played a farmer in High Heels and Low Lifes.