Dan Stevens

Dan Stevens Biography

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

Early life and education

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.


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 NoŽl 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 NoŽl 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 life

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


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 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)


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


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


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

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