Hugh Bonneville's Downton Abbey 'pal'
Hugh Bonneville's 'Downton Abbey' character is like a "pal" to him.
The 51-year-old actor is saddened by the fact he will soon be saying "an affectionate goodbye" to his character, the Earl of Grantham, which he has played for five years.
He said: "We're a month into filming the sixth series, there's five months to go, so there's a lot of ground to travel.
"When the time comes, it'll be an affectionate goodbye to someone who's been a pal. I wouldn't want to spend too much time with him - he's a bit of an old stick - but he's been lovely to have around."
The sixth series will be the last for the ITV period drama as creator Julian Fellowes has called time on the show but Hugh has promised they have saved the "best" for last.
He added to The Sun newspaper: "Keep watching. Season six is going to be the best year I think."
Meanwhile, Hugh previously teased a few details about the plot of the sixth series.
He said: "We're in 1925, so the series has nudged on another six months, and Lady Rose (Lily James) has been on her honeymoon and she's now moved to America.
"Tom Branson (Allen Leech) has gone to Boston, and some faces that we met towards the end of the fifth season may or may not be coming over the horizon to break or make the hearts of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) and people like that."