Authors’ Cricket Club and After Elton interview

Authors’ Cricket Club and After Elton interview

The Evening Standard has reported on the Authors' Cricket Club, which Dan is now involved with.

Is there anything Dan Stevens cannot do? The Downton Abbey star turned Booker Prize judge has joined up with former England cricketer Ed Smith and a band of writers to form the Authors’ Cricket Club. They start touring the country in May but they won’t just be concentrating on their bowling. Bloomsbury has given them a book deal to write about their experiences.Novelist Kamila Shamsie is the team manager. “The first game is against Shepperton Ladies,” she told me last night at a party for Guernica, the US online literary journal, at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd’s Bush. “I know I should support my side but I might secretly be rooting for the ladies.”

A great interview with Dan for After Elton has been posted online. Read it in full on the website. He chats about Vamps, Line of Beauty, comedy as well as Downton Abbey.

AE: Would you like to do more Hollywood-type movies?

DS: I would love to. I would love to do more comedy, actually. I started off in comedy when I was at Cambridge.

AE: Oh, you did?

DS: Yeah, I did stand up even, crazily. And suddenly, I’m not quite sure how it came to be, but as soon as my acting career took off I found myself doing pretty straight dramatic roles — not a lot of laughs. Certainly not a lot of laughs for Matthew in Series Two of Downton. But I like to keep mixing it up. I’ve got my eye on a couple of romantic comedy type things out there.

The photo of Dan is from the Mask-arade website, following his appearance on That Sunday Night Show. 

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