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Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens
Stevens in March 2009
Born Daniel Jonathan Stevens
(1982-10-10) 10 October 1982
Croydon, London, England
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Susie Harriet (m. 2009)
Children 2

Daniel Jonathan "Dan" Stevens[1] (born 10 October 1982)[2] is an English actor and producer. He is best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the British TV series Downton Abbey.

Early life

Stevens was born in Croydon, London.[3] He was adopted at birth and grew up in Wales and Southeast England.[4] He has a younger brother who was also adopted.[5] After a rebellious youth,[6] 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.[7][8] From the age of 15, he spent his summers training and performing with the National Youth Theatre in London.[9]

Stevens read English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[6] While at Cambridge, he was a member of the Footlights with Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key, and Mark Watson,[10] and was also active in the Marlowe Society. He was first spotted by director Peter Hall at a Marlowe Society production of Macbeth, in which he played the title character alongside Hall's daughter.[11][12][13]


In 2004, Stevens began his professional acting career when Peter Hall cast him as Orlando 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 in San Francisco, and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. His debut performance earned him glowing reviews from prominent critics in England and the United States,[14][15][16][17] as well as a commendation at the 2004 Ian Charleson Awards.[18]

In 2006, Stevens starred as Nick Guest in the BBC adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

In 2010, Stevens got his biggest break[22] when he was cast as Matthew Crawley in the ITV series Downton Abbey, created and written by Oscar-winning[23] screenwriter Julian Fellowes.[24] The series went on to be a global sensation,[25] and has been nominated for several Emmy, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards since its debut.[26] The central love story of Matthew Crawley and his distant cousin, Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, was enormously popular.[27] Stevens left the series after finishing the third season and the Christmas Special in 2012.[28] His exit caused a huge uproar with fans, who vented on social media in dismay at his beloved character's untimely death.[29]

In November 2011, Stevens guest-hosted an episode of Have I Got News For You. In March 2012, he completed shooting Vamps, the latest film from Amy Heckerling, and Summer in February, an Edwardian romance film set in an artist colony.[30] He was a member of the judging panel for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction,[24][31] editor-at-large for The Junket, an online quarterly which he co-founded,[32] and was a regular columnist for the Sunday Telegraph.[33]

In 2012, Stevens moved with his family to New York City to make his Broadway debut opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress.[34] He has narrated over 30 audiobooks, including Casino Royale, 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.[35]

In 2014, Stevens starred in the independent film The Guest and the dark action film A Walk Among the Tombstones. His upcoming roles include the drama film The Cobbler, and the comedy Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, in which he will play Sir Lancelot.[36][37][38][39]

Personal life

In 2009, Stevens married South African jazz singer and singing teacher Susie Harriet. They met in 2006, when appearing at different theatres in Sheffield.[3] They have a daughter named Willow (born 2009) and a son named Aubrey (born 2012).[40][41] Actress Rebecca Hall is godmother to his daughter Willow.[42]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Dracula Lord Arthur Holmwood Television film
2007 Maxwell Basil Brookes Television film
2009 Hilde David Cameron
2009 Turn of the Screw, TheThe Turn of the Screw Dr. Fisher Television film
2011 North London Book of the Dead, TheThe North London Book of the Dead Speaker Short film
2011 Babysitting Spencer Short film
2012 Vamps Joey
2012 Shallow Richard Dove Short film
2013 Summer in February Gilbert Evans Also executive producer
2013 Fifth Estate, TheThe Fifth Estate Ian Katz
2014 Guest, TheThe Guest David Collins
2014 Walk Among the Tombstones, AA Walk Among the Tombstones Kenny Kristo
2014 Cobbler, TheThe Cobbler
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Sir Lancelot Post-production
2015 Criminal Activities Noah Post-production
2015 Ticket, TheThe Ticket James Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Frankenstein Henry Clerval Miniseries
2006 Line of Beauty, TheThe Line of Beauty Nick Guest Miniseries; 3 episodes
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Michael Faber Episode: "Nemesis"
2008 Sense and Sensibility Edward Ferrars Miniseries; 3 episodes
2010–12 Downton Abbey Matthew Crawley Main cast (series 1–3); 25 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013 Tomorrow People, TheThe Tomorrow People TIM (voice) Uncredited; 3 episodes
2014 Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming Narrator TV special
Year Title Role Notes
2014 High Maintenance Colin Episode: "Rachel"

Other works

Year Title Role Notes
2004 As You Like It Orlando The Rose Theatre, Kingston
Nominated – Ian Charleson Award[5]
2005 You Can Never Tell Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 Waiting for Godot Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 Private Lives Theatre Royal, Bath
2005 Much Ado About Nothing Claudio Theatre Royal, Bath
2006 Romans in Britain, TheThe Romans in Britain[43] Marban / Maitland Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
2006 Hay Fever[44] Simon Bliss Theatre Royal, Haymarket
2008 Vortex, TheThe Vortex[45] Nicky Lancaster Apollo Theatre, London
2009 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour[46] The Doctor National Theatre, London
2009 Arcadia[47] Septimus Hodge Duke of York's Theatre, London
2010 Late at Night David The Old Vic, London
2012 Heiress, TheThe Heiress[48] Morris Townsend Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Dragon's Eye, TheThe Dragon's Eye Narrator[49]
2007 Die with Me Narrator[50]
2007 Strike Back Narrator[51]
2008 Day Narrator[52]
2008 Outcast, TheThe Outcast Narrator[53]
2009 Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2, TheThe Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2 Narrator[54]
2009 Angel's Game, TheThe Angel's Game Narrator[55]
2009 Week in December, AA Week in December Narrator[56]
2009 Wolf Hall Narrator[57]
2010 War Horse Narrator[58]
2010 Blueeyedboy Narrator[59]
2010 Prince of Mist, TheThe Prince of Mist Narrator[60]
2010 Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Narrator[61]
2010 Fall of Giants Narrator[62]
2010 Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech Narrator[63]
2011 My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You Narrator[64]
2011 Midnight Palace, TheThe Midnight Palace Narrator[65]
2011 History of a Pleasure Seeker, TheThe History of a Pleasure Seeker Narrator[66]
2011 Invisible Ones, TheThe Invisible Ones Narrator[67]
2012 Time Keeper, TheThe Time Keeper Narrator[68]
2013 Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent Narrator[69]
2013 Going Solo Narrator[70]
2013 Boy Narrator[71]
2013 Frankenstein Narrator[72] Nominated for two 2013 Audie Awards,[73] Classic & Solo Narration – Male
2014 Letters to a Young Poet Narrator[74]
2014 Murder on the Orient Express Narrator[75]
2014 And Then There Were None Narrator[76]
2014 Heroes' Welcome, TheThe Heroes' Welcome Narrator[77]
2014 Scorpia Rising Narrator[78]
2014 Snakehead Narrator[79]
2014 Crocodile Tears Narrator[80]
2014 Casino Royale Narrator[81]
2014 The Iliad Narrator[82]
2014 The Odyssey Narrator[83]
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Question of Attribution, AA Question of Attribution[84] Phillips BBC Radio 4
2008 Tennis Court, TheThe Tennis Court[85] Sam Greenwood BBC Radio 4
2008 Dickens Confidential (series 2)[86] Charles Dickens BBC Radio 4
2008 Anthem for Doomed Youth[87] Narrator BBC Armistice exhibition
2008 Josephine Hart Poetry Hour, TheThe Josephine Hart Poetry Hour (episode 1) Narrator BBC Radio 4
2008–09 Orley Farm[88] Peregrine Orm BBC Radio 4
2009 Lady of the Camellias, TheThe Lady of the Camellias[89] Duval BBC Radio 4
2009 Guilty Until Proven Innocent[90] Jake BBC Radio 4
2009 Music Room, TheThe Music Room[91] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2010 Custom of the Country, TheThe Custom of the Country[92] Ralph Marvell BBC Radio 4
2010 The Secret Pilgrim (episode 1)[93] Ben Cavendish BBC Radio 4
2010 Coral Thief, TheThe Coral Thief[94] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2010 Story of the Siren – E.M. Forster Short Stories, TheThe Story of the Siren – E.M. Forster Short Stories[95] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2011 Thousand Kisses, AA Thousand Kisses[96] Catullus BBC Radio 3
2011 Widowers' Houses[97] Harry Trench BBC Radio 3
2011 Portrait of Winston[98] Graham Sutherland BBC Radio 4
2011 King James Bible[99] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2011 Short History of Vampires – Dracula's Guest, AA Short History of Vampires – Dracula's Guest[100] Bram Stoker BBC Radio 7
2011 Words & Music – Money[101] Narrator BBC Radio 3
2011 Together – Face It[102] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2011 Spying Game Series – The Living Daylights, TheThe Spying Game Series – The Living Daylights[103] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2011 Something Understood[104] Reader BBC Radio 4
2012 Old Ways, TheThe Old Ways[105] Reader BBC Radio 4


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  49. ^ " - The Dragon's Eye". 
  50. ^ " - Die With Me". 
  51. ^ " - Strike Back". 
  52. ^ " - Day". 
  53. ^ " - The Outcast". 
  54. ^ " - The Dragon Diary". 
  55. ^ " - The Angel's Game". 
  56. ^ " - A Week in December". 
  57. ^ " - Wolf Hall". 
  58. ^ " - War Horse". 
  59. ^ " - Blueeyedboy". 
  60. ^ " - The Prince of Mist". 
  61. ^ " - Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud". 
  62. ^ " - Fall of Giants". 
  63. ^ " - Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech". 
  64. ^ " - My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You". 
  65. ^ " - The Midnight Palace". 
  66. ^ " - The History of a Pleasure Seeker". 
  67. ^ " - The Invisible Ones". 
  68. ^ " - The Time Keeper". 
  69. ^ " - Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent". 
  70. ^ " - Going Solo". 
  71. ^ " - Boy". 
  72. ^ " - Frankenstein". 
  73. ^ "Finalists Announced for 19th Annual Audie Awards". Library Journal. 18 February 2014. 
  74. ^ " - Letter to a Young Poet". 
  75. ^ " - Murder on the Orient Express". 
  76. ^ " - And Then There Were None". 
  77. ^ " - The Heroes' Welcome". 
  78. ^ " - Scorpia Rising". 
  79. ^ " - Snakehead". 
  80. ^ " - Crocodile Tears". 
  81. ^ " - Casino Royale". 
  82. ^ " - The Iliad". 
  83. ^ " - The Odyssey". 
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  90. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Guilty Until Proved Innocent
  91. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week, The Music Room
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  93. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, The Complete Smiley - The Secret Pilgrim, Episode 1". 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  94. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime, The Coral Thief
  95. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Reading, EM Forster Short Stories, The Story of the Siren
  96. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, A Thousand Kisses
  97. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, Widowers' Houses
  98. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Portrait of Winston
  99. ^ BBC Radio 4 - King James Bible, Readings, Episode 6
  100. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra - A Short History of Vampires, Dracula's Guest
  101. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Words and Music, Money
  102. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Reading, Face It, Together
  103. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Spying Game, The Living Daylights
  104. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Something Understood, Dawn
  105. ^ 00:30 (2012-07-07). "BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week, The Old Ways". Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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