Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will take a step into ownership next year
Hugh Bonneville will take a step into ownership next year as part of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate.
Last Updated: 21/12/12 3:04pm
The British actor, who plays Lord Grantham in the popular ITV drama, will have a share in two horses - a Fastnet Rock filly trained by Richard Hannon and a Danehill Dancer colt with Sir Michael Stoute.
Bonneville, who has also appeared in Notting Hill and Twenty Twelve, said: "I am thrilled to become an owner with Highclere.
"I thought it was about time I became properly educated in the Sport of Kings.
"It's a terrific opportunity and to be able to attend the races as an owner really is very exciting. I can't wait."
The syndicate is run by Harry Herbert, whose family home is at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed.
He said: "It is great to have Hugh on board as one of our owners at Highclere and we wish him all possible luck with these two lovely yearlings."