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Dan Stevens
DanStevens
Name
Daniel Jonathan Stevens
Birthplace
Croydon, England
Birth date
10 October 1982 (age 34)
Occupation
Actor
Played
Season(s)
Daniel Jonathan "Dan" Stevens, born 10 October 1982) is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley on ITV's Downtown Abbey.

He portrays voice TIM, the computer who assists the Tomorrow People.

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.

CareerEdit

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.

Personal lifeEdit

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;[5] and a son named Aubrey, born in May 2012.

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Frankenstein Henry TV mini-series
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

Filmography Edit

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Hilde David Cameron Feature film
2011 The North London Book of the Dead Speaker Short film
Babysitting Spencer Short film
2012 Vamps Joey Feature 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
201? The Guest post-production

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