Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens
Dan Stevens.jpg
Stevens in Germany in March 2009
Born Daniel Jonathan Stevens
(1982-10-10) 10 October 1982 (age 31)[1]
Croydon, England[2]
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Susie Hariet (2009–present)
Children Willow Stevens (born 2009)
Aubrey Stevens (born 2012)

Daniel Jonathan "Dan" Stevens[3] (born 10 October 1982) is an English actor best known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

Stevens was born in Croydon, South London, was adopted at birth and grew up in Wales and Southeastern 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]

Starting at the age of 15, he spent his summers training and performing with the National Youth Theatre in London.[9]

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.[6] While at Cambridge he was a member of the Footlights alongside Stefan Golaszewski, Tim Key and Mark Watson[10] and the Marlowe Society. He was first spotted by director Sir Peter Hall at a Marlowe Society production of Macbeth in which he played the title character alongside Hall's daughter, Rebecca, who played Lady Macbeth.[11][12][13]

Career[edit]

In 2004, Stevens began his professional acting career when Sir Peter Hall cast him as Orlando (once again, opposite Rebecca Hall, who played Rosalind) 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 at San Francisco; and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. His debut performance earned him glowing reviews from prominent critics[14] [15][16][17] in England and the U.S., as well as a commendation at the 2004 Ian Charleson Awards.[18]

In 2006, Stevens starred as Nick Guest in the BBC Television 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 the third season finished 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 2011, Stevens guest-hosted an episode of Have I Got News For You, which was broadcast 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.[30]

Stevens 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 Daily Telegraph.[33]

In the Fall of 2012, he moved with his family to New York City, to make his Broadway debut opposite Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress.[34]

Stevens has narrated over 25 audiobooks, including The Angel's Game, 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 spring of 2013, he has shot six feature films, four of which will be released in the fall of 2014. They include the independent film, The Guest; the dark action film, A Walk Among the Tombstones (opposite Liam Neeson); the dramatic film, The Cobbler (opposite Adam Sandler); and the comedy, Night at the Museum 3 (opposite Ben Stiller, where Stevens plays Sir Lancelot).[36][37][38][39]

Personal life[edit]

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.[2] The couple have two children: a daughter named Willow, born in 2009, and a son named Aubrey, born in May 2012.[5][40][41]

Filmography[edit]

Year TV Film/Series 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 Agatha Christie's Marple: Nemesis Michael Faber TV film
Maxwell Basil Brookes TV film
2008 Sense and Sensibility Edward Ferrars TV mini-series (3 episodes)
2009 Hilde David Cameron Feature film
The Turn of the Screw Dr. Fisher TV film
2010–2012 Downton Abbey Matthew Crawley TV series (25 episodes); 2012 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (awarded to 22 cast members from series 2)
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
2013–2014 The Tomorrow People TIM (voice only) TV series
2014 The Guest David Collins Feature film
Once Upon a Time: Wicked Is Coming Narrator (voice only) TV series special
High Maintenance Colin Web series (episode 13, "Rachel")
A Walk Among the Tombstones post-production
The Cobbler post-production
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Sir Lancelot filming
2015 Criminal Activities Noah filming

Theatre[edit]

Year Production Role Director Venue Awards
2004 As You Like It Orlando Peter Hall The Rose Theatre, Kingston Nominated - Ian Charleson Award[5]
2005 You Can Never Tell Theatre Royal, Bath
Waiting for Godot
Private Lives
Much Ado About Nothing Claudio
2006 The Romans in Britain[42] Marban/Maitland Samuel West Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Hay Fever[43] Simon Bliss Peter Hall Theatre Royal, Haymarket
2008 The Vortex[44] Nicky Lancaster Apollo Theatre, London
2009 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour[45] The Doctor Felix Barrett and Tom Morris National Theatre, London
Arcadia[46] Septimus Hodge David Leveaux Duke of York's Theatre, London
2010 Late at Night David Richard Curtis The Old Vic, London
2012 The Heiress[47] Morris Townsend Moisés Kaufman Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway

Audiobooks[edit]

Year Book Title Author Role Notes
2007 The Dragon’s Eye Dugald Steer Narrator[48]
Die With Me Elena Forbes Narrator[49]
Strike Back Chris Ryan Narrator[50]
2008 Day A.L. Kennedy Narrator[51]
The Outcast Sadie Jones Narrator[52]
2009 The Dragon Diary: Dragonology Chronicles, Vol. 2 Dugald Steer Narrator[53]
The Angel's Game Carlos Ruiz Zafón Narrator[54]
A Week in December Sebastian Faulks Narrator[55]
Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel Narrator[56]
2010 War Horse Michael Morpurgo Narrator[57]
Blueeyedboy Joanne Harris Narrator[58]
The Prince of Mist Carlos Ruiz Zafón Narrator[59]
Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud Andrew Lane Narrator[60]
Fall of Giants Ken Follett Narrator[61]
Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech Andrew Lane Narrator[62]
2011
My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You Louisa Young Narrator[63]
The Midnight Palace Carlos Ruiz Zafón Narrator[64]
The History of a Pleasure Seeker Richard Mason Narrator[65]
The Invisible Ones Stef Penney Narrator[66]
2012 The Time Keeper Mitch Albom Narrator[67]
2013 Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones Narrator[68]
Going Solo Roald Dahl Narrator[69]
Boy Roald Dahl Narrator[70]
Frankenstein Mary Shelley Narrator[71] Nominated for two 2013 Audie Awards,[72] Classic & Solo Narration – Male
2014 Letters to a Young Poet Rainer Maria Rilke Narrator[73]
Murder on the Orient Express Agatha Christie Narrator[74]
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Narrator[75]
The Heroes’ Welcome Louisa Young Narrator[76]

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Question of Attribution [77] Phillips BBC Radio 4
2008 The Tennis Court [78] Sam Greenwood BBC Radio 4
Dickens Confidential (Series 2) [79] Charles Dickens BBC Radio 4
Anthem for Doomed Youth [80] Narrator BBC Armistice exhibition
The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour (Ep.1) Narrator BBC Radio 4
2008–09 Orley Farm [81] Peregrine Orm BBC Radio 4
2009 The Lady of the Camellias [82] Duval BBC Radio 4
Guilty Until Proven Innocent [83] Jake BBC Radio 4
The Music Room [84] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2010 The Custom of the Country [85] Ralph Marvell BBC Radio 4
The Secret Pilgrim (Ep. 1) [86] Ben Cavendish BBC Radio 4
The Coral Thief [87] Narrator BBC Radio 4
The Story of the Siren - E.M. Forster Short Stories [88] Narrator BBC Radio 4
2011 A Thousand Kisses [89] Catullus BBC Radio 3
Widowers' Houses [90] Harry Trench BBC Radio 3
Portrait of Winston [91] Graham Sutherland BBC Radio 4
King James Bible [92] Narrator BBC Radio 4
A Short History of Vampires - Dracula's Guest [93] Bram Stoker BBC Radio 7
Words & Music - Money [94] Narrator BBC Radio 3
Together - Face It [95] Narrator BBC Radio 4
The Spying Game Series - The Living Daylights [96] Narrator BBC Radio 4
Something Understood [97] Reader BBC Radio 4
2012 The Old Ways [98] Reader BBC Radio 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dan Stevens @ Talented British Actors". Archived from the original on 2009-05-22. 
  2. ^ a b "He does prefer redheads! Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens on why his wife is his only leading lady". Daily Mail. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dan Stevens profile". UK Cinema Release Dates. 
  4. ^ Dan Stevens Interview - Downtown Abbey's Dan Stevens - Town & Country Magazine
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  6. ^ a b Gannon, Louise (September 3, 2011). "'I spent most of my early years totally rebelling against anything I could': Dan Stevens on how he went from rebellious youth to Downton Abbey's heir apparent". Daily Mail. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The best teachers will always bowl you over". The Guardian. 19 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Dan Stevens: My Best Teacher". Times Educational Supplement. 23 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Hardy, Rebecca (23 December 2011). "Abbey Christmas! Will Downton's Matthew get Mary? That'd be telling". Daily Mail. 
  10. ^ "Footlights Alumni 2000-2009". Footlights. 
  11. ^ "Macbeth". Marlowe Society. 2002. 
  12. ^ "Rebecca Hall takes the lead". Daily Telegraph. 29 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Dan Stevens Interview: How Being 'Downton Abbey's Hero Has Changed His Life". Huffington Post. 4 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Charles Spencer (7 December 2004). "New dreams blossom in Hall’s Indian summer". The Telegraph. 
  15. ^ Ben Brantley (28 January 2005). "The Listings: DAN STEVENS". New York Times. 
  16. ^ Joel Hirschhorn (8 February 2005). "Review: ‘As You Like It’". Variety. 
  17. ^ Diane Haithman (25 February 2005). "Taking the fast lane to success". Los Angeles Times. 
  18. ^ "Ian Charleson Awards 2004 - Winners". 
  19. ^ "Close-up: Dan Stevens". The Independent. 24 February 2008. 
  20. ^ Miss Marple: Nemesis at the Internet Movie Database
  21. ^ Bosanquet, Theo. "Critics Hail Stoppard's Arcadia". Review Round-up. Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  22. ^ "Dan Stevens Interview: How Being Downton Abbey's Hero Has Changed His Life". Huffington Post. 11 April 2011. 
  23. ^ "Oscars.org - Julian Fellowes winning the Oscar for Gosford Park". 
  24. ^ a b Brown, Mark (13 December 2011). "Downton Abbey actor named as Booker judge". The Guardian (London). p. 7. 
  25. ^ "The Downton Abbey 'phenomenom'". BBC News. 9 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "List of awards and nominations received by Downton Abbey". 
  27. ^ "SPOILER ALERT: Will Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley finally get together?". Mail Online. 1 December 2011. 
  28. ^ "'Downton Abbey' Season 4: Dan Stevens Officially Not Returning". Huffington Post. 26 December 2012. 
  29. ^ "'‘Downton Abbey’ team tries to reassure fans after criticism over death of Dan Stevens’ Matthew Crawley". NY Daily News. 19 February 2013. 
  30. ^ Jury, Louise (9 March 2012). "Abbey vs Abba as heart-throbs play love rivals". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  31. ^ Man Booker Prize - Dan Stevens
  32. ^ "That's bound to shake up the literature critics: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens joins 2012 Booker judging panel". Daily Mail. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  33. ^ "A Dan for All Seasons". Wall Street Journal. 15 October 2012. 
  34. ^ "Dan Stevens: Why I left Downton Abbey". The Telegraph. 26 December 2012. 
  35. ^ "Dan Stevens, Jake Gyllenhaal score Audie nominations". USA Today. 18 February 2014. 
  36. ^ Jeff Sneider (7 March 2014). "Picturehouse Acquires Adam Wingard's ‘The Guest’ Starring Dan Stevens". The Wrap. 
  37. ^ "Watch: Liam Neeson and Dan Stevens Will ‘Walk Among the Tombstones’ in September". BBC America. 30 May 2014. 
  38. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (6 January 2014). "First Look:Adam Sandler Isn't Farting In Thomas McCarthy's 'The Cobbler'". The Playlist. 
  39. ^ ‘Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens In Lancelot Mode For ‘Night At The Museum 3′
  40. ^ "Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens's joy over extra passenger". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  41. ^ "Sunday Telegraph September column & Sunday Times interview". September 9, 2012. 
  42. ^ "Brenton’s Romans in Britain Faces Fresh Protests". 8 February 2006. 
  43. ^ "Flu Fells Dench, Hay Fever Cancels Four Previews". 6 April 2006. 
  44. ^ "Divas ‘Dancical’ Honours Piaf, Garland & Dietrich". 4 April 2008. 
  45. ^ "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". 
  46. ^ What's on stage, ed. (8 June 2009). "Critics Hail Stoppard's Arcadia". 
  47. ^ "DOWNTON ABBEY Star Dan Stevens to Join Jessica Chastain & David Strathairn in THE HEIRESS on Broadway - October 2012!". 
  48. ^ "Audible.com - The Dragon's Eye". 
  49. ^ "Audible.com - Die With Me". 
  50. ^ "Audible.com - Strike Back". 
  51. ^ "Audible.com - Day". 
  52. ^ "Audible.com - The Outcast". 
  53. ^ "Audible.com - The Dragon Diary". 
  54. ^ "Audible.com - The Angel's Game". 
  55. ^ "Audible.com - A Week in December". 
  56. ^ "Audible.com - Wolf Hall". 
  57. ^ "Audible.com - War Horse". 
  58. ^ "Audible.com - Blueeyedboy". 
  59. ^ "Audible.com - The Prince of Mist". 
  60. ^ "Audible.com - Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud". 
  61. ^ "Audible.com - Fall of Giants". 
  62. ^ "Audible.com - Young Sherlock Holmes: Red Leech". 
  63. ^ "Audible.com - My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You". 
  64. ^ "Audible.com - The Midnight Palace". 
  65. ^ "Audible.com - The History of a Pleasure Seeker". 
  66. ^ "Audible.com - The Invisible Ones". 
  67. ^ "Audible.com - The Time Keeper". 
  68. ^ "Audible.com - Letters from Everest: A First-Hand Account of the Epic First Ascent". 
  69. ^ "Audible.com - Going Solo". 
  70. ^ "Audible.com - Boy". 
  71. ^ "Audible.com - Frankenstein". 
  72. ^ "Finalists Announced for 19th Annual Audie Awards". Library Journal. 18 February 2014. 
  73. ^ "Audible.com - Letter to a Young Poet". 
  74. ^ "Audible.com - Murder on the Orient Express". 
  75. ^ "Audible.com - And Then There Were None". 
  76. ^ "Audible.com - The Heroes' Welcome". 
  77. ^ spiffy jellybean: Dan Stevens - Radio - A Question of Attribution
  78. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama, The Tennis Court". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  79. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra - Dickens Confidential, Series 2, Gangs of London
  80. ^ BBC - The One Show - One Passions Blog: WW1 Armistice exhibition. Also: Click here for actor Dan Stevens reading Anthem for Doomed Youth
  81. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, Orley Farm, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2009-01-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  82. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama, The Lady of the Camellias, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  83. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Guilty Until Proved Innocent
  84. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Book of the Week, The Music Room
  85. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, Edith Wharton - The Custom of the Country, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  86. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Classic Serial, The Complete Smiley - The Secret Pilgrim, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2010-06-19. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  87. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Book at Bedtime, The Coral Thief
  88. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Reading, EM Forster Short Stories, The Story of the Siren
  89. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, A Thousand Kisses
  90. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, Widowers' Houses
  91. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, Portrait of Winston
  92. ^ BBC Radio 4 - King James Bible, Readings, Episode 6
  93. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra - A Short History of Vampires, Dracula's Guest
  94. ^ BBC Radio 3 - Words and Music, Money
  95. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Reading, Face It, Together
  96. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra - The Spying Game, The Living Daylights
  97. ^ BBC Radio 4 - Something Understood, Dawn
  98. ^ 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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