Hugh Bonneville looks so different as Roald Dahl in trailer for ‘To Olivia’

Sky has released the first trailer for new British period drama movie To Olivia.

The upcoming biopic stars Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) as novelist Roald Dahl, and Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) as his American actress wife Patricia Neal.

To Olivia is based on a true story and adapted from Stephen Michael Shearer’s book, An Unquiet Life.

Alongside Bonneville and Hawes, the cast also includes Sam Heughan (Outlander) as American actor Paul Newman, alongside Geoffrey Palmer (Paddington), and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones).

The official synopsis reads: “It’s 1962 and Roald Dahl, an eccentric, burgeoning children’s author and his wife, Patricia Neal, a glamourous Hollywood movie star, have retreated to the English countryside to bring up their expanding young family.

“Tragically, their lives are turned upside down by the devastating death of their daughter Olivia and as the couple struggle through the unimaginable loss, their shared grief becomes a source of redemption and strength which changes their lives forever.”

Watch the trailer:


To Olivia arrives in UK cinemas and on demand via Sky Cinema on Friday 19th February.

Details of the movie’s US release haven’t yet been announced.

Best known for playing the Earl of Grantham in all six seasons of Downton Abbey and 2019’s hit movie, Hugh Bonneville will reprise his role in the sequel, which begins filming in 2021.

Stephen Michael Shearer’s book Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life is available on Amazon.