Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville reveals show’s biggest diva is Isis the dog, and discusses how they kept Sybil’s death a secret!

by Anna Howell

Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, has spilled the beans about some of his co-stars, and claims the biggest diva of them all is Isis the dog!

Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, revealed how the dog who plays his character’s much loved sidekick, has been throwing her weight and tantrums around, so much so that she has even refused to leave her posh trailer on more than one occasion!

As funny as that may sound, Hugh insists that the dog’s obstructive behaviour has often caused problems on set, and disrupted filming!

When asked what scenes he had found particularly difficult to film, Bonneville, who has just signed up to play the title role of Britain’s Got Talent judge, David Walliams’ children’s book TV adaptation, Mr Stink, replied:

“For me, it’s any scene involving Isis the dog.

“She is a moody little bitch. She rarely comes out of her trailer and demands snacks at all times.”

Bonneville then went on to explain how the cast and crew kept Lady Sybil’s surprising death a secret, and how they even had to put Happy Birthday banners up in a pub where they were holding farewell drinks for Jessica Brown-Findlay who played her, to put prying eyes off the scent!

He revealed: “We put ‘Happy Birthday’ signs up to put off any prying eyes and it seemed to pay off.”

On the subject of the fourth series, which we reported last week would not feature Dan Stevens who plays Matthew Crawley as he had refused to sign a new contract, Bonneville admitted that nothing formal had been decided, explaining:

“A new series has not yet been confirmed. I have no idea. There is a demand.

“I’d be surprised if we did not do another one. Julian Fellowes, the writer, has so many stories.”

Downton Abbey can be seen Sunday nights at 9pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD.