Down­ton casts a long shadow

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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

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