John Bishop visits ‘posh’ vaccination centre bumping into Downton star Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville discusses volunteering at a vaccination centre

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Doctor Who actor John Bishop, 54, has taken to social media to reveal that he bumped into the Downton Abbey actor Hugh Bonneville, 57, on his way to receive his coronavirus vaccine today. The actor, who is best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the hit ITV series, signed up to become a volunteer marshal earlier this year. John branded the vaccination centre “posh” in a nod to his friend’s starring role in the Downton Abbey series and film.

You know you have picked a posh vaccination centre when @bonhughbon is a volunteer

John Bishop

Standing in the sunshine, the comedian posed alongside his friend who was wearing a hi-vis jacket and mask.

He wrote: “You know you have picked a posh vaccination centre when you get there and @bonhughbon is a volunteer.”

The image showed a smiling John standing next to the actor who was giving the camera a thumbs-up.

Hugh also enjoyed seeing his friend as he posted a picture of the brief encounter to his Instagram account.

He wrote: “My turn to ask for a selfie. @nobleandstace and I had to up our Welcome game when the one and only @johnbish100 arrived for his vaccination. #MidhurstPharmacy #vaccination”

The Golden Globe nominated actor took a selfie with the comedian and another volunteer in the background.

Smiling at the camera, Hugh had his mask around his chin as he posed.

Last year the comedian called coronavirus the “worst illness I have ever had” after receiving a positive test result on Christmas Day.

Taking to social media, the former footballer revealed he was experiencing “incredible headaches, muscle and join [pain], no appetite, nausea, dizziness and chronic fatigue.”

John shared his positive test results from the NHS which told him to self-isolate for 10 days.

The Doctor Who actor ended his post: “I know statistics suggest a 99.9 percent survival rate but that doesn’t mean I would wish this experience on anyone. Keep safe.”

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In January the star gave his fans an update on his and his wife’s battle with the virus.

He said: “As you can hear I’m still getting over it, but we’re getting there, getting stronger every day.”

In January the Downton star revealed that he had become a “volunteer marshal” for his local vaccination centre in west Sussex.

Taking to Instagram, the actor posted a picture of himself being vaccinated, alongside a caption.

It read: “Midhurst’s Riverbank Medical Centre started vaccinating last week. Today Midhurst Pharmacy, led by Raj Rohilla, joined the rollout in north West Sussex.

The actor revealed he had received the AstraZeneca jab and went to express his delight at the new volunteer role, adding: “I get to wear hi viz and everything.”

The Paddington star signed up to be a volunteer at his local vaccination hub in Midhurst, West Sussex earlier this year.

The actor said that he and his fellow volunteers are for some people the first contact they’ve had in months.

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