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Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville mystifies The One Show viewers with ‘weird’ airbrushed face

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Hugh Bonneville left The One Show viewers scratching their heads on Wednesday night as he appeared via a video link with a ‘weird’ filtered and seemingly airbrushed face. 

The Downton Abbey actor, 57, surprised fans with his flawless appearance as he appeared on the BBC evening show to discuss his film To Olivia, in which he plays Roald Dahl. 

Viewers took to Twitter to comment on Hugh’s youthful appearance, with some joking he had been in a ‘space time vortex from the 1980s’, while others said it looked like he had smeared his screen with Vaseline and was ‘living in filterland’. 

Airbrushed: Hugh Bonneville looked unrecognisable during an appearance on The One Show on Wednesday night as he appeared via a video link with a 'weird' filtered face

Airbrushed: Hugh Bonneville looked unrecognisable during an appearance on The One Show on Wednesday night as he appeared via a video link with a ‘weird’ filtered face

Hugh had appeared to have picked the skin smoothing filter on Zoom, which gave the illusion of an airbrushed face.

The touch-up filter helps to ‘smooth out the skin tone on your face, to present a more polished looking appearance’. 

One viewer wrote: ‘Hugh Bonneville was on the one show other night and I never knew he wears too much makeup on screen as didn’t recognise him’.

Another added: ‘Is that a CGI image of Hugh Bonneville on the one show?’

Drastically different: The actor's flawless appearance drew attention from viewers as they watched him talk about the film To Olivia, in which he plays Roald Dahl

Unrecognisable: Hugh pictured in 2019

Drastically different: The actor’s flawless appearance drew attention from viewers as they watched him talk about the film To Olivia, in which he plays Roald Dahl (pictured right 2019)

'Who is that man on your show?': Fans soon took to Twitter to comment on Hugh's appearance, with some joking he had been in a 'space time vortex from the 1980s'

‘Who is that man on your show?’: Fans soon took to Twitter to comment on Hugh’s appearance, with some joking he had been in a ‘space time vortex from the 1980s’

‘Hugh Bonneville seems to be being interviewed on The One Show in a space time vortex from him situated back in the 1980’s?’, a third viewer chimed. 

‘What the flying f**k is going on with Hugh Bonneville on The One Show? Has he got a weird filter on?,’ typed a fourth.

Another viewer Tweeted: ‘Hugh Bonneville’s portrait mode touch-up on The One Show is quite the thing. He looks like an 80s Brian Wilson being interviewed on a breakfast show over a 525VT video link.’

While another said: ‘Is Hugh Bonneville living in a filterland or has he just smeared his screen with Vaseline? What’s going on with the screen on The One Show?’.   

‘who is that man on your show … that is NOT Hugh Bonneville !!! How did he lose all that weight!!!,’ tweeted a different viewer.  

One viewer wrote: 'Is Hugh Bonneville living in a filterland or has he just smeared his screen with Vaseline? What’s going on with the screen on The One Show?'

One viewer wrote: ‘Is Hugh Bonneville living in a filterland or has he just smeared his screen with Vaseline? What’s going on with the screen on The One Show?’

Funny: The actor appeared to have picked an airbrushed filter for the Zoom call with The One Show host Alex Jones (left)

Funny: The actor appeared to have picked an airbrushed filter for the Zoom call with The One Show host Alex Jones (left)

FILTERS AND APPS THAT COULD MAKE HUGH LOOK SO SMOOTH

Hugh Bonneville’s youthful appearance on the One Show was likely achieved using a filter or series of filters within the Zoom app.

The most common tool used to smooth out wrinkles and flaws is the ‘Touch up my appearance’ option found under Zoom’s video settings menu.

Ticking the box gives you a slider that can ‘smooth out’ your face, to a greater or lesser extent depending on how far you move the slider. 

It is possible to combine this ‘smoothing out’ with other effects within the app including a ‘studio effects’ beta feature that lets you tweak your eyebrows, moustache, beard and lips digitally. 

Within the general ‘video filters’ section you can also change the lighting and give your look a boost, make it noir and even put flowers in your hair.

Aside from these built-in or ‘native’ filters’, it is also possible to use of a third party filter – such as those from Snap Camera by Snap Inc, the makers of Snapchat. 

These include a new Naomi Campbell ‘Beauty’ filter that gives a smooth-skinned, flawless appearance. 

Other filters can change your appearance more drastically, as Texas lawyer Rod Ponton accidentally discovered during a hearing over Zoom.

Mr Ponton became an internet sensation when footage emerged of him with his face obscured by a kitten filter found on Snap Camera. 

Unfortunately he did not know how it had been turned on, or how to turn it off.

To become a kitten, or enable a beauty filter you need to open Snap Camera. 

  • On Snap Camera select the filter you want to use 
  • Once this is done, close any apps that are using your computer’s camera 
  • Then reopen Zoom, or any other webcam app you’re using.  

More details about Zoom video enhancements and filters can be found on the Zoom support website, including how to enable them for a meeting.  

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Hugh is best known for his role in Downton Abbey as Robert Crawley – a role he reprised in the Downton Abbey film which came out last year.

This role has won him two Emmy nominations and, along with fellow cast members, won three SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.

The actor has lost a considerable amount of weight throughout lockdown and sent fans into a frenzy when he debuted his transformation when he appeared on The One Show last year. 

Hugh later showed off his epic transformation once again in a snap shared on Twitter as he met up with his best friend from university for a drink. 

The actor stars in the Sky Original film To Olivia with Keeley Hawes and it will be released on Friday.   

Transformation: The actor has lost a considerable amount of weight throughout lockdown and sent fans into a frenzy when he debuted his transformation last year

Transformation: The actor has lost a considerable amount of weight throughout lockdown and sent fans into a frenzy when he debuted his transformation last year

Half the man he used to be: Hugh on The One Show on Friday

How he was: The actor before his weight loss

Half the man he used to be: Last year, he left fans aghast when he debuted his phenomenal image overhaul on The One Show over Zoom (pictured, left, on the show, right, in 2014)

The Paddington star and the Keeley, 44, will play legendary children’s author Roald Dahl and his American actress wife Patricia Neal in the Sky Cinema original movie. 

Based on a true story, the film is set in 1962 and follows Dahl and Neal as they have retreated to the English countryside to bring up their expanding young family.

Their lives are tragically turned upside down by the death of their daughter Olivia. As the couple struggle through the unimaginable loss, their shared grief becomes a source of redemption and strength which changes their lives forever.

John Hay has directed the film, which features an all British cast including Sam Heughan, the late Geoffrey Palmer and Conleth Hill.

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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