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This article is about the English actor. For the American punk rock musician, see Dan Stevens (musician).
Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens.jpg
Stevens in Germany in March 2009
BornDaniel Jonathan Stevens

(1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31)


Croydon, England
OccupationActor
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Susie Hariet (2009–present)
ChildrenWillow Stevens (born 2009)


Aubrey Stevens (born 2012)
Daniel Jonathan "Dan" Stevens (born 10 October 1982) is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2012.

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    Early life and education

    Stevens was born in Croydon, South London, was adopted at birth and grew up in Wales and Southeastern England. He has a younger brother who was also adopted.

    After a rebellious youth, Stevens boarded at Tonbridge School, a private boarding school in Kent, where he became interested in drama after auditioning for the title role in Macbeth with his teacher, novelist Jonathan Smith.

    Starting at the age of 15, he spent his summers training and performing with the National Youth Theatre in London.

    Stevens went on to read English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and narrowly missed out on a first due to devoting much of his time to theatre during his final year. While at Cambridge he was a member of the Footlights alongside Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key and Mark Watson and the Marlowe Society. He was first spotted by director Sir Peter Hall at a Marlowe Society production of Macbeth in which he played the title character alongside Hall's daughter, Rebecca, who played Lady Macbeth.

    Career

    In 2004, Stevens began his professional acting career when Sir Peter Hall cast him as Orlando (once again, opposite Rebecca Hall, who played Rosalind) in his touring production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. The tour took the production to the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames; the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City; the Curran Theatre at San Francisco; and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. His debut performance earned him glowing reviews from prominent critics in England and the U.S., as well as a commendation at the 2004 Ian Charleson Awards.

    In 2006, Stevens starred as Nick Guest in the BBC Television adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty. Later that year he played Simon Bliss in Hay Fever by Noël Coward at London's Haymarket Theatre, alongside Peter Bowles and Dame Judi Dench; the director was Peter Hall. He also performed as Lord Holmwood in an adaptation of Dracula for the BBC, and as Basil Brookes in the BBC Emmy-award-winning film, Maxwell.

    In 2008, Stevens appeared in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Sense & Sensibility, playing Edward Ferrars, and the West End revival of Noël Coward's The Vortex. In January 2009 he appeared on New Year's Day in Agatha Christie's Marple: Nemesis on ITV1 in Britain. In June 2009 he returned to the West End, playing Septimus Hodge in an acclaimed revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the Duke of York's Theatre.

    In 2010, Stevens got his biggest break when he was cast as Matthew Crawley in the ITV series Downton Abbey, created and written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes. The series went on to be a global sensation, and has been nominated for several Emmy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards since its debut. The central love story of Matthew Crawley and his distant cousin, Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, was enormously popular. Stevens left the series after the third season finished in 2012. His exit caused a huge uproar with fans, who vented on social media in dismay at his beloved character's untimely death.

    In 2011, Stevens guest-hosted an episode of Have I Got News For You, which was broadcast 25 November of that year.

    In March 2012, he completed shooting two films: Vamps, the latest film from Amy Heckerling, and Summer in February, an Edwardian romance set in an artist colony.

    Stevens was a member of the judging panel for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, editor-at-large for The Junket, an online quarterly which he co-founded, and is a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph.

    In the Fall of 2012, he moved with his family to New York City, to make his Broadway debut opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress.

    Stevens has narrated over 25 audiobooks, including The Angel's Game, Wolf Hall and War Horse. In 2014, he was nominated for two Audie Awards, in the Classic category and Solo Narration (Male) category for Frankenstein.

    Since spring of 2013, he has shot six feature films, four of which will be released in the fall of 2014. They include the independent film, The Guest; the dark action film, A Walk Among the Tombstones (opposite Liam Neeson); the dramatic film, The Cobbler (opposite Adam Sandler); and the comedy, Night at the Museum 3 (opposite Ben Stiller, where Stevens plays Sir Lancelot).

    Personal life

    Stevens is married to South African jazz vocalist-turned-singing teacher Susie Hariet. They met in 2006, when appearing at different theatres in Sheffield, England. The couple have two children: a daughter named Willow, born in 2009, and a son named Aubrey, born in May 2012.

    Filmography

    YearTV Film/SeriesRoleNotes
    2004FrankensteinHenryTV mini-series
    2006The Line of BeautyNick GuestTV mini-series (3 episodes)
    DraculaLord Arthur HolmwoodTV film
    2007Agatha Christie's Marple: NemesisMichael FaberTV film
    MaxwellBasil BrookesTV film
    2008Sense and SensibilityEdward FerrarsTV mini-series (3 episodes)
    2009HildeDavid CameronFeature film
    The Turn of the ScrewDr. FisherTV film
    2010–2012Downton AbbeyMatthew CrawleyTV series (25 episodes); 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (awarded to 22 cast members from series 2)
    2011The North London Book of the DeadSpeakerShort film
    BabysittingSpencerShort film
    2012VampsJoeyFeature film
    ShallowRichard DoveShort film
    2013Summer in FebruaryGilbert EvansFeature film
    The Fifth EstateIan KatzFeature film
    2013–2014The Tomorrow PeopleTIM (voice only)TV series
    2014The GuestDavid CollinsFeature film
    Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is ComingNarrator (voice only)TV series special
    High MaintenanceColinWeb series (episode 13, "Rachel")
    A Walk Among the Tombstonespost-production
    The Cobblerpost-production
    Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombSir Lancelotfilming
    2015Criminal ActivitiesNoahfilming

    Theatre

    YearProductionRoleDirectorVenueAwards
    2004As You Like ItOrlandoPeter HallThe Rose Theatre, KingstonNominated - Ian Charleson Award
    2005You Can Never TellTheatre Royal, Bath
    Waiting for Godot
    Private Lives
    Much Ado About NothingClaudio
    2006The Romans in BritainMarban/MaitlandSamuel WestCrucible Theatre, Sheffield
    Hay FeverSimon BlissPeter HallTheatre Royal, Haymarket
    2008The VortexNicky LancasterApollo Theatre, London
    2009Every Good Boy Deserves FavourThe DoctorFelix Barrett and Tom MorrisNational Theatre, London
    ArcadiaSeptimus HodgeDavid LeveauxDuke of York's Theatre, London
    2010Late at NightDavidRichard CurtisThe Old Vic, London
    2012The HeiressMorris TownsendMoisés KaufmanWalter Kerr Theatre, Broadway

    Audiobooks

    YearBook TitleAuthorRoleNotes
    2007The Dragon’s EyeDugald SteerNarrator
    Die With MeElena ForbesNarrator
    Strike BackChris RyanNarrator
    2008DayA.L. KennedyNarrator
    The OutcastSadie JonesNarrator
    2009The Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2Dugald SteerNarrator
    The Angel's GameCarlos Ruiz ZafónNarrator
    A Week in DecemberSebastian FaulksNarrator
    Wolf HallHilary MantelNarrator
    2010War HorseMichael MorpurgoNarrator
    BlueeyedboyJoanne HarrisNarrator
    The Prince of MistCarlos Ruiz ZafónNarrator
    Young Sherlock Holmes: Death CloudAndrew LaneNarrator
    Fall of GiantsKen FollettNarrator
    Young Sherlock Holmes: Red LeechAndrew LaneNarrator
    2011
    My Dear, I Wanted to Tell YouLouisa YoungNarrator
    The Midnight PalaceCarlos Ruiz ZafónNarrator
    The History of a Pleasure SeekerRichard MasonNarrator
    The Invisible OnesStef PenneyNarrator
    2012The Time KeeperMitch AlbomNarrator
    2013Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First AscentGeorge Lowe, Huw Lewis-JonesNarrator
    Going SoloRoald DahlNarrator
    BoyRoald DahlNarrator
    FrankensteinMary ShelleyNarratorNominated for two 2013 Audie Awards, Classic & Solo Narration – Male
    2014Letters to a Young PoetRainer Maria RilkeNarrator
    Murder on the Orient ExpressAgatha ChristieNarrator
    And Then There Were NoneAgatha ChristieNarrator
    The Heroes’ WelcomeLouisa YoungNarrator

    Radio

    YearTitleRoleNotes
    2006A Question of Attribution PhillipsBBC Radio 4
    2008The Tennis Court Sam GreenwoodBBC Radio 4
    Dickens Confidential (Series 2) Charles DickensBBC Radio 4
    Anthem for Doomed Youth NarratorBBC Armistice exhibition
    The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour (Ep.1)NarratorBBC Radio 4
    2008–09Orley Farm Peregrine OrmBBC Radio 4
    2009The Lady of the Camellias DuvalBBC Radio 4
    Guilty Until Proven Innocent JakeBBC Radio 4
    The Music Room NarratorBBC Radio 4
    2010The Custom of the Country Ralph MarvellBBC Radio 4
    The Secret Pilgrim (Ep. 1) Ben CavendishBBC Radio 4
    The Coral Thief NarratorBBC Radio 4
    The Story of the Siren - E.M. Forster Short Stories NarratorBBC Radio 4
    2011A Thousand Kisses CatullusBBC Radio 3
    Widowers' Houses Harry TrenchBBC Radio 3
    Portrait of Winston Graham SutherlandBBC Radio 4
    King James Bible NarratorBBC Radio 4
    A Short History of Vampires - Dracula's Guest Bram StokerBBC Radio 7
    Words & Music - Money NarratorBBC Radio 3
    Together - Face It NarratorBBC Radio 4
    The Spying Game Series - The Living Daylights NarratorBBC Radio 4
    Something Understood ReaderBBC Radio 4
    2012The Old Ways ReaderBBC Radio 4

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