Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens.jpg
Stevens in March 2009
BornDaniel Jonathan Stevens
(1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31)
Croydon, London, England
OccupationActor, producer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Susie Hariet (m. 2009)
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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 March 2009
BornDaniel Jonathan Stevens
(1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31)
Croydon, London, England
OccupationActor, producer
Years active2004–present
Spouse(s)Susie Hariet (m. 2009)

Daniel Jonathan "Dan" Stevens[1] (born 10 October 1982)[2] is an English actor and producer. He is known for his role as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

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 and narrowly missed out on first class honours due to devoting much of his time to theatre during his final year.[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 is 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]

Since 2013, Stevens has shot six feature films, four of which will be released in 2014. They include the independent film The Guest, the dark action film A Walk Among the Tombstones, 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[edit]

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]Rebecca Hall is godmother to his daughter Willow.[42]


2006DraculaLord Arthur HolmwoodTelevision film
2007MaxwellBasil BrookesTelevision film
2009HildeDavid Cameron
2009Turn of the Screw, TheThe Turn of the ScrewDr. FisherTelevision film
2011North London Book of the Dead, TheThe North London Book of the DeadSpeakerShort film
2011BabysittingSpencerShort film
2012ShallowRichard DoveShort film
2013Summer in FebruaryGilbert EvansAlso executive producer
2013Fifth Estate, TheThe Fifth EstateIan Katz
2014Guest, TheThe GuestDavid Collins
2014Walk Among the Tombstones, AA Walk Among the TombstonesKenny Kristo
2014Cobbler, TheThe Cobbler
2014Night at the Museum: Secret of the TombSir LancelotPost-production
2015Criminal ActivitiesNoahPost-production
2015Ticket, TheThe TicketJamesFilming
2004FrankensteinHenry ClervalMiniseries
2006Line of Beauty, TheThe Line of BeautyNick GuestMiniseries; 3 episodes
2007Agatha Christie's MarpleMichael FaberEpisode: "Nemesis"
2008Sense and SensibilityEdward FerrarsMiniseries; 3 episodes
2010–12Downton AbbeyMatthew CrawleyMain cast (series 1–3); 25 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2013Tomorrow People, TheThe Tomorrow PeopleTIM (voice)Uncredited; 3 episodes
2014Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is ComingNarratorTV special
2014High MaintenanceColinEpisode: "Rachel"

Other works[edit]

2004As You Like ItOrlandoThe Rose Theatre, Kingston
Nominated – Ian Charleson Award[5]
2005You Can Never TellTheatre Royal, Bath
2005Waiting for GodotTheatre Royal, Bath
2005Private LivesTheatre Royal, Bath
2005Much Ado About NothingClaudioTheatre Royal, Bath
2006Romans in Britain, TheThe Romans in Britain[43]Marban / MaitlandCrucible Theatre, Sheffield
2006Hay Fever[44]Simon BlissTheatre Royal, Haymarket
2008Vortex, TheThe Vortex[45]Nicky LancasterApollo Theatre, London
2009Every Good Boy Deserves Favour[46]The DoctorNational Theatre, London
2009Arcadia[47]Septimus HodgeDuke of York's Theatre, London
2010Late at NightDavidThe Old Vic, London
2012Heiress, TheThe Heiress[48]Morris TownsendWalter Kerr Theatre, Broadway
2007Dragon's Eye, TheThe Dragon's EyeNarrator[49]
2007Die with MeNarrator[50]
2007Strike BackNarrator[51]
2008Outcast, TheThe OutcastNarrator[53]
2009Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2, TheThe Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2Narrator[54]
2009Angel's Game, TheThe Angel's GameNarrator[55]
2009Week in December, AA Week in DecemberNarrator[56]
2009Wolf HallNarrator[57]
2010War HorseNarrator[58]
2010Prince of Mist, TheThe Prince of MistNarrator[60]
2010Young Sherlock Holmes: Death CloudNarrator[61]
2010Fall of GiantsNarrator[62]
2010Young Sherlock Holmes: Red LeechNarrator[63]
2011My Dear, I Wanted to Tell YouNarrator[64]
2011Midnight Palace, TheThe Midnight PalaceNarrator[65]
2011History of a Pleasure Seeker, TheThe History of a Pleasure SeekerNarrator[66]
2011Invisible Ones, TheThe Invisible OnesNarrator[67]
2012Time Keeper, TheThe Time KeeperNarrator[68]
2013Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First AscentNarrator[69]
2013Going SoloNarrator[70]
2013FrankensteinNarrator[72]Nominated for two 2013 Audie Awards,[73] Classic & Solo Narration – Male
2014Letters to a Young PoetNarrator[74]
2014Murder on the Orient ExpressNarrator[75]
2014And Then There Were NoneNarrator[76]
2014Heroes' Welcome, TheThe Heroes' WelcomeNarrator[77]
2014Scorpia RisingNarrator[78]
2014Crocodile TearsNarrator[80]
2014Casino RoyaleNarrator[81]
2014The IliadNarrator[82]
2014The OdysseyNarrator[83]
2006Question of Attribution, AA Question of Attribution[84]PhillipsBBC Radio 4
2008Tennis Court, TheThe Tennis Court[85]Sam GreenwoodBBC Radio 4
2008Dickens Confidential (series 2)[86]Charles DickensBBC Radio 4
2008Anthem for Doomed Youth[87]NarratorBBC Armistice exhibition
2008Josephine Hart Poetry Hour, TheThe Josephine Hart Poetry Hour (episode 1)NarratorBBC Radio 4
2008–09Orley Farm[88]Peregrine OrmBBC Radio 4
2009Lady of the Camellias, TheThe Lady of the Camellias[89]DuvalBBC Radio 4
2009Guilty Until Proven Innocent[90]JakeBBC Radio 4
2009Music Room, TheThe Music Room[91]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2010Custom of the Country, TheThe Custom of the Country[92]Ralph MarvellBBC Radio 4
2010The Secret Pilgrim (episode 1)[93]Ben CavendishBBC Radio 4
2010Coral Thief, TheThe Coral Thief[94]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2010Story of the Siren – E.M. Forster Short Stories, TheThe Story of the Siren – E.M. Forster Short Stories[95]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2011Thousand Kisses, AA Thousand Kisses[96]CatullusBBC Radio 3
2011Widowers' Houses[97]Harry TrenchBBC Radio 3
2011Portrait of Winston[98]Graham SutherlandBBC Radio 4
2011King James Bible[99]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2011Short History of Vampires – Dracula's Guest, AA Short History of Vampires – Dracula's Guest[100]Bram StokerBBC Radio 7
2011Words & Music – Money[101]NarratorBBC Radio 3
2011Together – Face It[102]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2011Spying Game Series – The Living Daylights, TheThe Spying Game Series – The Living Daylights[103]NarratorBBC Radio 4
2011Something Understood[104]ReaderBBC Radio 4
2012Old Ways, TheThe Old Ways[105]ReaderBBC Radio 4


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  50. ^ "Audible.com - Die With Me". 
  51. ^ "Audible.com - Strike Back". 
  52. ^ "Audible.com - Day". 
  53. ^ "Audible.com - The Outcast". 
  54. ^ "Audible.com - The Dragon Diary". 
  55. ^ "Audible.com - The Angel's Game". 
  56. ^ "Audible.com - A Week in December". 
  57. ^ "Audible.com - Wolf Hall". 
  58. ^ "Audible.com - War Horse". 
  59. ^ "Audible.com - Blueeyedboy". 
  60. ^ "Audible.com - The Prince of Mist". 
  61. ^ "Audible.com - Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud". 
  62. ^ "Audible.com - Fall of Giants". 
  63. ^ "Audible.com - Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech". 
  64. ^ "Audible.com - My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You". 
  65. ^ "Audible.com - The Midnight Palace". 
  66. ^ "Audible.com - The History of a Pleasure Seeker". 
  67. ^ "Audible.com - The Invisible Ones". 
  68. ^ "Audible.com - The Time Keeper". 
  69. ^ "Audible.com - Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent". 
  70. ^ "Audible.com - Going Solo". 
  71. ^ "Audible.com - Boy". 
  72. ^ "Audible.com - Frankenstein". 
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  74. ^ "Audible.com - Letter to a Young Poet". 
  75. ^ "Audible.com - Murder on the Orient Express". 
  76. ^ "Audible.com - And Then There Were None". 
  77. ^ "Audible.com - The Heroes' Welcome". 
  78. ^ "Audible.com - Scorpia Rising". 
  79. ^ "Audible.com - Snakehead". 
  80. ^ "Audible.com - Crocodile Tears". 
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  82. ^ "Audible.com - The Iliad". 
  83. ^ "Audible.com - The Odyssey". 
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  89. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama, The Lady of the Camellias, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  90. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Guilty Until Proved Innocent
  91. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week, The Music Room
  92. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, Edith Wharton - The Custom of the Country, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  93. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, The Complete Smiley - The Secret Pilgrim, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 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". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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