Downton Abbey star, Hugh Bonneville, is foresaking the high tone role of the Earl of Grantham to become a smelly tramp. Fans of Donwton and it's lead actor needn't worry too much as it's just another acting role for the Emmy winning series star.
Bonneville is to play the title role in a new TV adaptation of Mr Stink, the childrens' novel by British comedian David Walliams. Filming will start next month just as the new series of Downton Abbey gets into full swing on British TV.
Mr Stink is the story of a lonely little girl called Chloe who makes friends with the tramp, Mr Stink. She invites him him to stay in the family's garden shed which is a stark contrast for bonneville from his luxurious Downton Abbey residence.
Walliams, who is best known for his comedy partnership with Mat Lucas in shows such as Little Britain, has had huge success with the book which has already sold more than a quarter of a million copies. Walliams himself will appear in Mr Stink as the British prime minister.
Bonneville said: 'I'm delighted to be adding my own whiff to the odour that emanates from David Walliams, and his very funny, touching and thought-provoking story.'
In the meantime Bonneville will be hoping that Downton Abbey can pick up an award at tonight's Emmys. Hopefully he won't be arriving to the ceremony dressed as or smelling like Mr Stink!