Early life and educationEdit
Stevens was adopted at birth and grew up in Croydon. 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. 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 also gained acting experience with the National Youth Theatre. He was first spotted by director Sir Peter Hall at a production of Macbeth in which he played the title character alongside Hall's daughter, Rebecca, who played Lady Macbeth.
Stevens has worked extensively in theatre in Britain and the United States, alongside Peter Hall. He was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for his portrayal of Orlando in Shakespeare's As You Like It for the Peter Hall Company in 2005. 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 2011, Stevens guest-hosted an episode of Have I Got News For You, which aired 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 played Matthew Crawley in the ITV series Downton Abbey, written by Julian Fellowes. Stevens has narrated several audiobooks, including The Angel's Game, Wolf Hall and War Horse. 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.
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. Stevens was 23 and Hariet was 30. They married around September 2009. The couple have two children: a daughter named Willow, born December 2009; and a son named Aubrey, born in May 2012.
|2006||The Line of Beauty||Nick Guest||TV mini-series (3 episodes)|
|Dracula||Lord Arthur Holmwood||TV film|
|2007||Marple: Nemesis||Michael Faber||TV film|
|Maxwell||Basil Brookes||TV film|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Edward Ferrars||TV mini-series (3 episodes)|
|2009||The Turn of the Screw||Dr. Fisher||TV film|
|2010-2012||Downton Abbey||Matthew Crawley|| TV series (25 episodes)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012) (award given to 22 cast members from Series 2)
|2013||The Tomorrow People||TIM||Voice only|
|2009||Hilde||David Cameron||Feature film|
|2011||The North London Book of the Dead||Speaker||Short film|
|Shallow||Richard Dove||Short film|
|2013||Summer in February||Gilbert Evans||Feature film|
|The Fifth Estate||Ian Katz||Feature film|
|2014||A Walk Among the Tombstones||post-production|