27 Facts About Dan Stevens


Daniel Jonathan Stevens was born on 10 October 1982 and is a British actor and writer.


Dan Stevens first drew international attention for his role as Matthew Crawley in the ITV acclaimed period drama series Downton Abbey.


Dan Stevens boarded on a scholarship at Tonbridge School, a private school in Kent.


Dan Stevens 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, Rebecca Hall.


In 2004, Dan Stevens began his professional acting career when Peter Hall cast him as Orlando in his touring production of Shakespeare's As You Like It.


In 2006, Dan Stevens starred as Nick Guest in the BBC adaptation of Alan Hollinghurst's Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty.


Dan Stevens performed as Lord Holmwood in an adaptation of Dracula for the BBC, and as Basil Brookes in the BBC Emmy Award-winning film, Maxwell.


Dan Stevens appeared in an adaptation of The Turn of the Screw featuring future Downton Abbey costar Michelle Dockery.


In 2010, Dan 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.


Dan Stevens's exit caused a huge uproar with fans, who notably took to Twitter and other social media sites to express their anger at the character's death.


Fellowes later explained that Dan Stevens did not give sufficient notice for a less drastic departure.


In November 2011, Dan Stevens guest-hosted an episode of Have I Got News for You.


Also in 2012, Dan Stevens moved with his family to New York City, when he made his Broadway debut that year opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress.


In 2014, Dan Stevens starred in the independent film The Guest, winning critical acclaim for his portrayal of a recently discharged army veteran who goes on a killing spree to protect his true identity.


Dan Stevens earned a Saturn Award for Best Actor nomination for his performance.


Dan Stevens played a simulacrum of Sir Lancelot in the 2014 comedy film Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.


In February 2016, Dan Stevens was cast in the lead role of David Charles Haller in the FX series Legion, an X-Men-related drama created by Noah Hawley.


In 2017, Dan Stevens lent his voice as the Beast, opposite Emma Watson as Belle, in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon.


In 2018, Dan Stevens starred in the Netflix thriller film Apostle, directed by Gareth Huw Evans.


In 2019, Dan Stevens co-starred in the drama Lucy in the Sky, released in September 2019.


In 2020, Dan Stevens co-starred alongside Harrison Ford in The Call of the Wild, released on 21 February 2020.


Dan Stevens returned to Broadway to star in Martin McDonagh's dark comedy Hangmen.


In 2021, Dan Stevens played a robot in the German language sci-fi romance I'm Your Man.


Dan Stevens has narrated over 30 audiobooks, including Casino Royale, Wolf Hall and War Horse.


Outside acting, Dan Stevens maintains an interest in writing and literature and is editor-at-large for The Junket, an online quarterly that he co-founded in 2011 with some friends.


Dan Stevens was a member of the judging panel for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and was a regular columnist for the Sunday Telegraph.


In 2009, Dan Stevens married South African jazz singer and singing teacher Susie Hariet.