Hugh Bonneville and wifes final public appearance uneasy and a little forced

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Hugh Bonneville’s last public appearance with his wife Lulu Williams, 55, was “uneasy and a little forced”, according body language expert Judi James.

Downton Abbey star Hugh, 59, and his long-term wife have reportedly called it quits after 25 years of marriage.

The news came after he was seen solo and without a wedding ring at co-star Michelle Dockery’s wedding day just nine days ago.

Hugh and Lulu were last pictured together in April at The Tomorrow Gala For The Old Vic in London.

Pictures from the night show the pair posing on the red carpet while sharing a large umbrella.

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Addressing their body language, Judi exclusively told “When a close couple share a brolly it is held in the middle hand, with linked inner arms to let both keep dry and to give an excuse for a snuggle.

“Hugh, however is holding his in the outside hand, which is more the sort of pose a member of Downton staff would use to keep an aristo dry but without adding any hint of intimacy to what has to be closer proximity than usual.”

Judi suggested Hugh’s gesture in the snaps is “over-polite and even distancing”.

She added: “His wife’s response is to stand coldly upright, with her middle arm held straight between them in a barrier.

“His knuckles are white, suggesting tension, while her inner hand looks rolled into a part-fist, suggesting the same.

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“Their smiles look uneasy and a little forced, which may have been caused by the rain, although most actors can rustle up red carpet smiles even when the weather is bad.

“Hugh’s gaze looks rather distant in one pose and his smile involves pursed lips that are just pulled up at the corners.”

A spokesperson for Hugh reportedly confirmed their split to The Sun. has also contacted representatives for comment.

A source told the publication: “It is clear that Lulu feels as if 20-odd years of marriage counts for nothing.

“It’s a shame as locally they were known to be a very sociable couple. Hugh has been away from home filming a lot this year.”

They added he has “lost a bit of weight this summer” and described him as “trim, tanned and relaxed”.

Hugh and Lulu married back in November 1998 and share 20-year-old son Felix together.

They renewed their vows in 2018, marking their 20th wedding anniversary at Las Vegas’s Graceland Chapel.

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