- NAME: Dan Stevens
- OCCUPATION: Theater Actor, Television Actor
- BIRTH DATE: October 10, 1982 (Age: 31)
- EDUCATION: Tonbridge School, Cambridge University, Emmanuel College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Croydon, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
- Full Name: Daniel Jonathan Stevens
- AKA: Dan Stevens
- AKA: Daniel Stevens
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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British actor Dan Stevens is best known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, a career high point that he is parlaying into other high-profile projects.
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Yet another renowned film role that has been batted about as a possibility for Stevens is Mr. Darcy, whose shoes have been filled by the inimitable Laurence Olivier and Colin Firth, for a Pride and Prejudice sequel of sorts, penned by mystery novelist P.D. James.
Whatever he chooses to do, Stevens is committed to returning to the stage frequently,
per advice he got from Judi Dench. "She told me once, 'Always remember we're not proper grown-ups.' It makes me smile when I think about that, because it is absolutely accurate when it comes to actors," he told the Daily Mail.
In 2012, Stevens also took on the task of being a judge for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, England's prestigious award for writers, which meant he had to read 145 novels. He told London's Daily Telegraph: "Whenever we met as judges it was like some of the finest supervisions I had at university, talking about literature with brilliant people." On the other hand, in the early stages of trying to read so many novels, he said, "I can't even begin to describe the depths of despair I was in at some points."
But that didn't dissuade him from writing himself, becoming a regular columnist for London's Daily Telegraph, where he has admitted he is a fan of both poetry and cricket. He also co-founded an online quarterly literary "magazine" called The Junket, for which he serves as editor at large.
Stevens married South African jazz vocalist–turned–singing teacher Susie Hariet, after meeting her in 2006 when they were working in adjacent theaters. "We met and it was pretty instant," he has been quoted as saying, adding that she is impervious to the British class system, which he finds refreshing. Their daughter Willow was born December 2009, and son Aubrey in May 2012. "... I'd never met a Willow, never met an Aubrey—and now I have," Stevens said. He has said that his two children have made acting both more and less important to him.
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