Sunday, May 19, 2013

Dan Stevens is almost unrecognisable in his new role in a gritty Hollywood blockbuster By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER

He made his name playing floppy-haired Matthew Crawley in ITV’s Downton Abbey, but Dan Stevens is almost unrecognisable in his new role – as a tough guy.

The 30-year-old star who has set up home in New York has landed a role in a gritty Hollywood blockbuster.

Dan’s Downton character was killed off in a dramatic Christmas Day car crash after visiting his wife Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery, who had just given birth. Now he will be seen in A Walk Among The Tombstones alongside Liam Neeson and Ruth Wilson.

‘I guess I’ve been eating better since I moved here,’ he said ‘And I stopped drinking. At the same time I started filming here, for which I needed to slim down a little.’

The new role comes less than a year after Dan made his Broadway stage debut opposite Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain in  The Heiress.

Dan relishes his new life in  New York with his wife, South African-born singer Susie Hariet  and their children Aubrey, one, and Willow, three.

He said: ‘I was walking round  with my dad the other day. They live in a little village in Sussex and this couldn’t be further from it.  

'He was fascinated by this way of living and I am too.’

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