Actor Dan Stevens stole the hearts and eyes of millions in his breakthrough role as Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley. Sunday night's shocker had Matthew Crawley seeing his newborn son, climbing into his deathtrap of a roadster and ending his life in a road accident. Many new Abbey addicts were shocked and disappointed to lose such a beloved central character, but need not worry about the actor's fortunes. Stevens is one of the busiest men in show business right now and there will be plenty of him to see. According to a Feb. 18 LA Times article, his role in Downton Abbey took him from a relative unknown to a hot property with multiple job offers. He has no fewer than three major productions in line, including putting his daughter in school and doting over his second child, who was born last July.
According to a Feb. 12 Variety article, Stevens is in talks to co-star with Liam Neeson in the Scott Frank pic "A Walk Among the Tombstones." His character has yet to be decided, but a film about kidnapped wives and drug dealers inNew York city is a far cry from the genteel, if deadly life of at an English manor.
He recently took a Broadway role in "The Heiress" with Jessica Chastain and is currently shooting the DreamWorks pic "The Fifth Estate". He joins another shooting star from the UK, Benedict Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch will portray Wikileaks founder and fugitive, Julian Assange. Stevens plays Ian Katz, the UK Guardian deputy editor who collaborated to release over 250,000 classified U.S. documents. Katz had a turbulent arrangement with Assange and the Wikileaks organization.
Stevens is married to Susie Hariet, a South African jazz singer. The couple has two children, daughter Willow, who was born in 2009 and son Aubrey who was born last May.