Downton casts a long shadow
DOWNTON Abbey fans were devastated when Matthew Crawley made his dramatic exit from the series at the end of the show’s third season. The actor who played him, however, is less emotional about the plot point. ‘‘It’s nice that people care, I suppose, about the show, but I had to do what I had to do,’’ Dan Stevens says. He recognised the phenomenon the show has become. ‘‘It’s a show that means a lot to a lot of people, and, you know, we’ve obviously gone into a lot of homes on a Sunday night, so people feel very close to the show, which is great,’’ he says. The Downton Abbey relationship between Crawley and Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary was a central storyline. Stevens left to pursue other opportunities. He recently starred in The Heiress on Broadway with Jessica Chastain and filmed a role in an upcoming film about the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, with fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Stevens is now filming the movie A Walk Among the Tombstones in Brooklyn with Liam Neeson. That role required the 30-year-old to trim down a bit and darken his hair. The new look (pictured), snapped at the recent GLAAD Awards, went viral. Stevens seemed surprised – if not confused – by the interest in his appearance. ‘‘There’s so much else going on in the world,’’ he says.
Downton Abbey: Season 4: Coming soon, Seven, Prime7.
Downton’s Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery