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Hugh Bonneville: Downton Abbey finale will be 'extraordinary experience'

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Hugh Bonneville: Downton Abbey finale will be 'extraordinary experience'

Hugh Bonneville believes bringing 'Downton Abbey' to an end will be an "extraordinary experience".

The 51-year-old actor, who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the ITV period drama, is currently filming for the sixth and final series and admits he's excited to see his character's story come to an end.

He shared: "It's still so loved around the world and, really, when it came towards the conclusion of our last contract [writer] Julian [Fellowes] personally said I want to write one more, there's one more push I want to do in terms of bringing all the characters in to land properly rather than rushing it so that's what I'm doing now and it's going to be quite an extraordinary experience."

The 'Monuments Men' star claims he has no idea what will happen to Robert and his daughters Lady Edith Crawley (Laura Carmichael) and Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) when the show concludes.

Speaking on ITV's 'Good Morning Britain', he explained: "I've only ready up to episode six of the nine. Nine being the Christmas special."

Asked what he'd like to see take place in his final scenes, he added: "Oh my goodness, that's a hard one. I don't know. I'd like the daughters to be happy, that's the main thing."

Hugh - who hinted earlier this year that 'Downton' would be coming to an end - admits he's known for some time.

He added: "Oh yes, because the scripts are developed a long time in advance and bearing in mind that we were amazed it went beyond series one.

"Those who follow the show might remember that at the end of series one there was a slightly odd feeling because some of it was wrapped up in case the show never returned and some of it was left open in case it did.

"So there was no guarantee the show was going to continue and then after a couple of years they said, the producers said we'd like to extend it a bit more and Julian Fellowes said I can do a bit more."