Downton Abbey 3: season 3 portraits

Downton Abbey 3: season 3 portraits

To accompany their recent behind the scenes article on the new series of Downton Abbey, now airing in the US with over 7 million viewers, the LA Times uploaded a gallery of cast portraits, including 2 lovely photos of Dan.

Remember to read the article in full as it contains some brief Dan tit-bits and interview (with spoilers!).

Next to arrive is Dan Stevens, otherwise known as Matthew Crawley, "Downton" heir and Mary's fiance. After explaining that he's sleep deprived (his wife gave birth to their second child just two weeks before), he disappears into his trailer for a nap.

On top of producing a newborn, Stevens is also producing a movie with old friends, editing a literary magazine (thejunket.org) and planning a move to New York (he's starring in "The Heiress" on Broadway). He'd also agreed to be a judge for a prestigious literary award, the Man Booker Prize, which meant reading scores of books while running lines for the TV series.

He insists that he's not usually someone who takes on too much: "It's just a freaky year where it's all come to a head. I said yes to a few too many things. Next year will be the year of saying no."

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HOW DECENT...

INDEED, AND HOW REFRESHING IN AN INDUSTRY OF SWOLLEN HEADS AND EGOS. DAN STEVENS SEEMS TO HAVE STRUCK A FINE BALANCE AND AWARENESS OF "WHAT MATTERS, AND WHAT DOESN'T". FRANKLY, I FEEL HIS ROLE AS MATTHEW CRAWLEY IS SUCH A REFLECTION OF HIMSELF, IT ISN'T THE CHALLENGE HE SEEKS. I WATCH DA MOSTLY FOR MATTHEW, AND AM INCREASINGLY. AS THE NEW SEASON BEGINS, DISGUSTED WITH THE ICEY MARY. C'MON GIRL, GROW UP, AND LOOK AND LISTEN TO THIS GLORIOUS MAN.
jean/usa

too much

too much exaggeration for describing both the actor and the actress, doesn't sound real. In the fictional story though, above all, Matthew Crawley was in love with lady Mary Crowley because of the unique qualities he found in her. As he said "he will choose his wife" and he did. He was not dumb as he teased Mary about it (because he was so confident of his smartness) and in fact he was very smart. He was smart enough also to be not trapped by other women like Edith or maybe faith helped him to not be trapped by Lavinia Swire, whom only god knows what she had in her mind, maybe to continue bringing money to her father's life and her own's life along with a title by marrying Matthew. She had lots behind the scene with Richard Carlisle and her uncle's fiasco that was not revealed in the show. Maybe she was just a similar character to Lucy Steel in Sense and Sensibility. Thank god she did not become pregnant to trap before he was injured in war, otherwise the poor guy might have found himself obliged to marry her even though he might not have been prepared for either marriage or having a baby. But this is just a story and not the real life.

I meant

I meant decency of Fellowes being still supportive of Stevens to support him and say he did not do wrong even though they both received a blow/backlash after Christmas especial 2013.

Some of them are loyal to the

Some of them are loyal to the family and committed to Downton as a way of life, others are moving through, on the look out for betterment or love or just plain adventure. 

Nothing to do with loyalty

This has nothing to do with loyalty - both Jessica Brown Findlay & Dan Stevens had signed, like the rest of the main cast for three years. No one knew at the outset whether Downton Abbey would be successful, happily for all, it turned out to be just that,
Both of these actors confirmed that they would not be extending their contracts before filming of Series 3 had even started. So everyone involved in the production of the drama was very well aware of the situation.
Confirmation that Series 4 was to go ahead was not until late 2012, and several other main cast members had to rearrange or cancel their other projects that had been planned should Series 4 not have been taken up. Others could or would not alter their arrangements - Dan was committed to moving his young family to the USA to take up a stage role, and, as we now know, more film and audio work.
Actors do have to make decisions that to us, the viewing public, are not always to our liking or understandable. Jessica and Dan have both spoken with fondness and gratitude for their roles in Downton Abbey, but we shouldn't regard their departure as disloyal, absolutely not. They contributed hugely to the show, and I for one, am truly grateful that they did.

to add also...

meaning that he (JF) is a very good team player and of course both are decent.

Interesting roads!

Submitted by Anonymous on January 17, 2013 - 3:41pm Two Roads Diverged in a Wood When those two roads- "the easy way" vs. "the less direct way"-- diverge in a wood, Dan Stevens seems to have a preference for choosing "the path less travelled by". I will admit that for me personally, that is one of the reasons I find him so intriguing both as an actor and as a person. He seems to instuitively know that the greatest personal growth and great rewards often necessitate great (and smart) risk, which often makes "all the difference". Whitman/James/Stevens Fan REPLY Submitted by Anonymous on January 18, 2013 - 4:03am very true! Yes, usually individuals (like my ownself when I was much younger) choose the less direct way by intuition who strive to achieve a certain knowledge towards the greatest personal growth. Which means deep inside they believe both consciously and subconsciously (intuition wise) that at this particular moment they have not found the level of growth inside themselves to be at the level of their expections. And when they go through all the ups and downs/challenges of the less direct way, they attain the knowledge/personal growth/maturity which give them the insight to choose the direct/easy way from then on. Please review and find how moves and tactics are cherry picked towards the easy style way (not so easy but smartly well designed and calculative/thought about) of success. 

a lot of fans were dismayed though

and some are still dismayed!

and some....

and some who has not watched season 3 episodes to the end will be dismayed.

Some are still dismayed

Dan is probably "dismayed" at the fans "continued dismay". Dismay reigns all around, which means Dan should just divorce his wife, marry all his fans, and make sure he runs every decision henceforth past the thousand+ "dismayed fans" to make sure to avoid all possible chance of any futher dismay at all ever until he dies. Yes, I think that's the answer.

mixing two unrelated things

I don't see any relevence between the actor's fandom (career and fan opinions) and his personal life: wife business, the latter should be respected as his private life and not even brought up on this website. It doesn't sound or look good.

Relevant comments about

Relevant comments about family have been deleted. The comment you were responding to was not being literal, so has been left.  :D

not only

it is not only "not literal" but also sounds psychotic

Agree with "Disagree"

The person who made the original comment about his wife's twitter post was doing so to make a very valid point about Dan's career choice and that is "if the person who should matter most to him, his wife, supports his decision and is glad he'll be freed up to spend family time", why should fans be so dismayed and unsupportive? The point was a good one and not too personal at all. Far more personal, insulting comments have been made on this site. Please don't feel the need to appease commenters who simply don't agree with another poster, just because they cry "foul".

Now, your decision to delete the insulting unsupportive Dan comments earlier was definitely valid and wise, especially given the point you made that this is supposed to be a "Dan fan support site" and the comments were really getting out of hand, but the post about his wife's public twitter didn't justify deletion in my opinion, but again, just my thoughts.

Please keep up the good work with this site, it's a lovely place to visit to converse with fellow fans and read up dates on Dan Stevens.

Thank you

Thank you. That was exactly the point I was trying to make. Not sure whether the censorship on this site is very even handed! My other comment about the tweet being in the public domain and clearly something that was meant to be read by fans has been deleted. I was only supporting Dan's decision to leave!

I too have hated reading some of the comments which were almost blackmailing him to stay; "doors will be shut" "Film directors won't employ him" etc

Like you I too enjoy reading about his up and coming projects and thanks to whoever puts the site together.

It is very difficult to

It is very difficult to delete one comment without deleting all the replies to it, which often give a balanced argument. And the reason I leave them on the site. I am not in favour of heavy censorship. Providing the comments are not nasty or unduly negative, people are entitled to their opinions. If I deleted too many, people would stop commenting, and it is a pleasure visiting / admining such an active site where intelligent, well thought posts are in the majority.

I will however remove every single Daily Fail link shared on here. :D

what a wide spectrum of discussions DA has brought around!

what a wide spectrum of discussions DA has brought around! from Lady Mary Crowley ( Michele Dockery) entering new circles of society and climbing up the steps of success, to faith, religion and even Obamacare!

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/01/14/downton-abbey-throwbac...
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/religion-and-downton-...
http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelmillenson/2013/01/15/can-downton-abbe...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jay-weston/my-lunch-at-downton-abbey_b_247...

Who would be possessive of something? anybody who finds that something a treasure/gem, just like the possessiveness of parents to their kids, or kids towards their toys or a writer who finds his writings valuable enough based on his life long years of careful study/investigation in human nature, behaviors, psychology and it's interaction and effects within a society and it's patterns through out the history, it's evolutions, the evolutions pros and cons, how to magnify the pros of each time and solve the cons all through out the history up to even now and at the end transpire it through a TV screen all over the world to give the message like a story telling. I guess this is how different characters were created in DA, each had a role to show different personalities and capabilities all together in an ensemble including people upstairs, downstairs and guests. They interact in a way that with all their controversies and differences the outcome of their inputs is a balanced one to the benefit of all as a whole . This is how DA has touched the hearts, sooths the minds and made the connections with a wide variety of people and their level of intelect. I guess Downton falls when the complete message is given, so far we have received some of it. DA story has deeper messages than the surface of a love story or the survival of an aristocrat family or even more superficial to all: bringing revenue to the owners of Highclere castle.

Each character has it's own place to bring their messages and usually when one dies on time, the story has still delivered the message but if some character dies before it fulfills the character's message, the writer has to build a new character to replace all the qualities that were already built through out the story in previous seasons (e.g. business solicitor). if MC had not died, maybe S4 or S5 would have been the end of Downton. To make the time for Lady Mary to come out of the grief and bring other men to her life and watch which one will pass all the tests to bring such attaching dynamic that M&M had and at the same time include all the honorable, dignified qualities and values of MC in the new man, may make Downton Abbey a longer one, especially that now Mary is a single mother who will put her son's well being above all. She will mature towards being a modern version of the Dowager: smart, calculative within the domain of honor, dignity and at the same time romantic but not as vulnerable as before, in fact much stronger.

DS has made his choice based on his own preferences, knowledge and his life to live, but sometimes his decision to not sign for S4 reminds me what my mother used to tell myself if she would not like to support my decisons: "You young people usually see the first two steps ahead of you instead of seeing 40 plus of them ahead". I hope he does not find his decision a self destructive one as time will pass. I also hope that he does not seek his pleasure in "Maggie Smith may not sign up for S4 or to prove S4 will fall short". I hope he proves to be much better than that, otherwise it would be like being a revengeful kid who brings damage to himself by aiming a damage to the other party.

What did really happen to change .....

What did really happen to change such an optimistic view of Dan Stevens about Downton that is soothing to every viewer in this interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlTMxmSefcM
drastically to the current pessimistic attitude (boring, no specific line, liberating and sadness at the same time, not creative, a stagnant comfort zone) that brought such reactions after revelations of episode 9 and his leave? I wish he had some good amount of break and rest before he concluded his decision.
His initial approach brought him so much success and support, but unfortunately the most recent one has terribly backfired.
Good luck.

Surely when the "You tube"

Surely when the "You tube" interview took place, series three had already been made? According to reports, Dan had indicated in February 2012, before shooting took place, that he would only do the three series he had signed to do. He knew he had already "left" the series when he was being interviewed.

I hardly think that his attitude can be described in any way as "pessimistic" In the Telegraph interview after he had left the show, it says, "Steven´s affection for the show is unmistakable". He says he, "had a great time" shooting the war scenes in series 2 and that he is, "very very fond of the show and always will be." and "I`m really glad I didn't turn it down"

It would have been so easy for him to have continued in the role as Matthew and to simply take the money, but he would not have been true to himself or his character had he done so. I wonder when we look back at series FOUR with hindsight, whether we might think that it was HE who made the right decision and the other actors might wish they had followed him?

GOOD

the 2nd paragraph of your reply contains the optimism and is well suited but the last paragraph brings up some pessimism again mixed with some narrow perspective towards what the future brings instead of seeing things in a more open way. how much are the chances that a huge number of people (at different ages and levels of their maturity) are making a mistake and only one from them is doing the right thing? and in fact if the writer is making one character's lines sound boring, doesn't it open a room for the actor to be creative and add some non boring ones to it or suggest them to the writer, just like what Maggie Smith does. Not every true love story ends in a tragedy. There are very successfull couples who are in love and build their marriages to a success with patience, optimism and compromise. In fact the differences and disagreements that couples have and the way the handle them to make the best out of them are not boring at all. If handeled with wisdom to lead to a harmonized healthy family, they bring an enormous amount of beauty to it. It also needs the capability of how to handle the ego that every human has.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/3647754/Secrets-and-wives.html

Good

"Not every true love story ends in tragedy"
Unfortunately this isn't a "true love story" It's two actors playing roles that someone else has written and over which they have little control about what they are being asked to say! It isn't real life!!

Couldn't have said it better- It isn't Real Life

Well said.

Re: "Good". That's actually, that's not how it works alas

With regards to your point, "in fact if the writer is making one character's lines sound boring, doesn't it open a room for the actor to be creative and add some non boring ones to it or suggest them to the writer, just like what Maggie Smith does."

Unfortunately, that's not how it production/TV writing works. True, according to reports, Maggie is able to suggest some good one-line zingers that end up getting into the show, but that's because the lines are still in keeping with the Dowager Countess' personality.

Suggesting that Dan Stevens tell JF to get creative with Matthew would a) not fly with someone who is known for being very possessive of his scripts and character arcs as JF but more importantly b) would be cheeky as hell. No professional actor wants to be the one that goes head to head with a writer to challenge them on giving them better lines and definitely will not take liberties on set to suddenly improvise. Maggie Smith may be able to get away with it, but she's a tour de force. None of other actors have that sort of pull, Dan included.

So unfortunately I don't think there really was much more "room for an actor (in this case Dan Stevens) to be creative" much more than what he was given and what he had already done.

I agree with the former poster, I think he's leaving at a time that was best: after completing the 3 seasons he was contracted to do. It's not his fault JF chose to try to stretch out the show for the sake of revenue. Apparently, Maggie Smith may not return for S4 either.

very nicely explained

still believe leaving an international hit when the momentum of popularity and success was on it's way to the peak and halting it before it gets to the peak "would be as cheeky as hell".

Maybe it would have been the safest/more conservative step to take this path: " It would have been so easy for him to have continued in the role as Matthew and to simply take the money" an the rest to follow: more popularity, more connections, more stability, more doors, no slammed doors, and not to be remembered as "the one who sored the story by leaving". This way DS would have come out clear even though season 4 might have failed and then the blame would have gone to the the possesive writer not to a key actor who left earlier than other key actors. I think by this move of early leaving DS has sacrificed his own image and welfare to give JF a wake up call to be more creative that may even lead to JF's more success in S4. So it may play along to the benefit of JF and the loss to DS.

I think Sara Crompton really wanted to bring up a good hint by saying "it is possible, I suggest, that his life will never again reach this high point of fame. ", to see if Dan is going to read in between the lines and get the point. She wanted to be helpful but the woman who arranged the CBS behind the scenes of DA had some sneaky points to bring up like how she addressed Michele Dockery with her envious facial expression that reflected on Michelle as her eyes got wide open! One of her sneaky points was a clip of JF's and DS's interaction that shows somehow there was a disagreement as if there was such a going head to head with each other, if I am right! I do not know, maybe I am completely wrong.

Imagine if he would have gone with the flow, he would have not closed the doors of meetings in British Embassador's party in the US and the connections he could have made there and also in other similar places/situations. When a show is a huge impact that reaches to the level of the First Lady of the US and etc, it is good to come out of it with a clear, loyal name at the end instead of coming out of it with sadness and disappointment. The character of MC and story both were beautifully represented in the first 3 seasons that made a huge impact at every level of society from small unknown households to huge political figures. All the fans were appreciative of DS and some still are even though they all felt hurt and some felt betrayed. But it's just my opinion. The actor himself knows better and it is his choice. I hope he gains a momentum towards success again. I really mean it especially after I saw his different interviews especially when I came across a picture he has with his friend BC (Sherlock) in one of Burberry's events in London. They only have 6 years difference in age but just take a look at facial expressions and read them and you will get the whole picture. (much older looking than 36 as if he is in his 40s, complex, not easy to read into, his move: present at golden globe last night, much younger looking than 30 with boyish innocence, pleasant, very easy to read into, his move: not present at golden globe last night even though he could accompanied either DA's cast or Jessica Chastin)

Re comment "Not present at Golden Globe ....he could "

Even if that had been considered, as Dan is appearing on stage in New York in the The Heiress at the moment that would not have been possible. Jessica Chastain had to take time off and her role was played by her understudy.

It is his choice.....

" The actor himself knows better and it is his choice. I hope he gains a momentum towards success again."

Not all of our choices even made with the best of intentions turn out to be the wisest choice for us.

Only time will tell.

It is his choice

Fair enough. it is Dan Stevens 's choice.

I, for one don't want to see him relegated to making a series of movies that flop at the Box Office because of very poor fan reaction towards his leaving Downton Abbey so abruptly.

The US is totally different from the UK.... Dan has caused more than a rumble of discontent amongst the US DA fans.

Payback at the Box Office has been meted out before.

It is all very well to talk about personal fulfilment and the need to express creativity to become the person you want to be but the bottom line is $$$$$$'s and if his name does not bring in the hoped-for $$$$$$'s Movie makers will not risk his being part of their dream.

His fans don't want to see him munched up by the glitzy glamour of the Hollywood machine... that's all.

No deep pyschological discussion - just a concern for someone they admire.

Yes, it IS his choice. His fans just hope that at this time in his career it is the right choice... that's all. They are not condemning him.... just being concerned for him.

Concern and Support

Knowing the beast that is Hollywood, it's understandable that we'd all be concerned for him, just doesn't seem productive at this point. My personal plan as a fan who truly want to see Dan succeed, is to turn the "passiveness" of concern into "action" and actively plan to support Dan in all his future ventures, in all their various mediums.

Hollywood

I do not know why Hollywood is so important to the actors who are not American and have not entered it yet, while ag ood number of the most distinguished Hollywood actors have run away from Hollywood and CA to find their refuge in Europe!

So glad Dan is not running to Hollywood

Glad to see that Dan's plan's are not solely Hollywood based, but spread across all areas of his interest: books, writing, family, theater, TV, audio and film.

To your point though, everyone (past and present) who has "run to find refuge in Europe" (or even opted to stay in Europe eventually) seems to have done so only after having achieved significant recognition in America (whether Hollywood/Broadway/Grammy fame etc)".

You name them, same story: Dame Judi Dench/Maggie Smith/Cate Winslet/Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson/Hugh Bonnevile/Hugh Grant/Colin Firth/Clive Owen/Kirsten Scott Thomas/Kiera Knightley etc etc.

For some reason, success seems to be defined only after America is "aware of you". Take Hugh Bonneville, every English person knew him to be a great actor for ages, but it was only after the Hollywood commercial "hit" "Notting Hill" with Julia Roberts that he was said to have "had his breakthrough". Which is very sad indeed .

Even with DA, it's sad that DA has so many fans worldwide, and in England, yet so many international outlets focus on how it's "huge in the US" as if it's only the US that matters.

Point basically is that, for better or worse, America continues to be the dream of many, and the measuring stick of one's success and it takes a wise person to know better than to use America as one's measure, or to put all his/her eggs into the American Dream.

Which is why I'm so glad that Dan is making sure to avoid doing that and is instead committed simply to spreading himself as widely as possible, doing as much as possible, and as to the best of his ability as possible across all areas (books, audio, film, TV, theater).

After a resume full of TV and theater, and audio work, it's very normal that his next challenge for himself would be to have a film or two under his belt. And after that, another challenge, and another.

Hope the American recognition would be on it's way

It can be reached in two different ways:
1- the easy one, by flowing smooth and steady, just like what Michelle Dockery has chosen, perhaps she has more politically correct agents. Every girl wants to be a princess, but the one who behaves like a queen is the QUEEN. Maybe she has a calm nature that makes her even more attractive, it's very feminine.
2- the difficult one, by gambling moves and subsequent ups and downs. Of course who ever chooses the difficult one, will face more challenges and will have more lessons to be learnt, but at last it will come off with a sweet result if the initial intentions are innocent and not mischievous. Perhaps the rebellious natures start to cool off if they choose the 2nd one.

Two Roads Diverged in a Wood

When those two roads- "the easy way" vs. "the less direct way"-- diverge in a wood, Dan Stevens seems to have a preference for choosing "the path less travelled by". I will admit that for me personally, that is one of the reasons I find him so intriguing both as an actor and as a person.

He seems to instuitively know that the greatest personal growth and great rewards often necessitate great (and smart) risk, which often makes "all the difference".

Whitman/James/Stevens Fan

very true!

Yes, usually individuals (like my ownself when I was much younger) choose the less direct way by intuition who strive to achieve a certain knowledge towards the greatest personal growth. Which means deep inside they believe both consciously and subconsciously (intuition wise) that at this particular moment they have not found the level of growth inside themselves to be at the level of their expections. And when they go through all the ups and downs/challenges of the less direct way, they attain the knowledge/personal growth/maturity which give them the insight to choose the direct/easy way from then on. Please review and find how moves and tactics are cherry picked towards the easy style way (not so easy but smartly well designed and calculative/thought about) of success. 

Re: "So glad...."

Oh, well said! Let us look forward in a positive way, and anticipate many great and varied works to come from Dan.

Hear hear!

<3 <3 #TeamDan

His Choice

"Only time will tel if it was the wisest choice". This implies that there is one unanimous measure of how to guage the "wisdome" or "success" of his decision. Presumably, some people will think that his decision to leave DA will only be proved "wise" if he is able to star in tonnes of films and surpass his DA fame.

However, we already know, based on his Telegraph interview, that this is not how Dan measured the "wisdom"/future wisdom of his choice or even better yet, his future happiness. As he himself has stated, success for him is not measured in money (if it were, I'm sure he could simply have stayed with DA and raked in the cash, since they were offering him so much more). For him, in his own words, his own measure for "success" is different: He simply wants to have time for everything he loves: a bit of family time, a bit of writing time, a bit of acting time in different experimental roles. If he gets that, he'll be happy.

Leaving DA means he'll have the chance for that, so he's made the choice that's best for him. Some people might not think "it's the wisest", but that's absolutely fine, because they aren't the one living his life. He is.

Re: His Choice

Hear hear!! It infuriates me that some people ignore/forget that part of the article and imagine that he has huge Hollywood dreams and therefore look forward to him being a 'failure'. I think his ambition is wonderful, to simply be happy doing the things he does. If Downton wasn't making him happy, why on earth should he have stayed? The show will do well enough without him - if it goes to pot in S4, it won't be down to Matthew's death.

I admire him hugely for making a choice that seems insane to the world, but he had a conviction and stuck with it, to do with his life and career what would make him the happiest. He's absolutely entitled to that.

Re: "Hear, Hear"

It absolutely infruriates me too. I don't understand which part of "it's not your/our life/lives, it's his" people don't get. It's also sad the way some people seem to be almost gleefully waiting to see what happens, as if hoping he fails, so they can presumably say "I told you so."

I applaud Dan for charting his own course. It takes courage to do that. He's a winner already just for that, in my book.

why taking it too personal? no reason to be this defensive.

why taking it too personal? there is no reason to be this much defensive and interprete things in the worst possible way.

Why taking it too personal

Totally agree, there are fans here who talk about his personal life etc as if they really know him. He is an actor, his personal life is his own, to say he is wonderful etc having met him for two minutes at a stage door and because he signed a program is ridiculous. Judge the man by his work, not his looks,'hotness' etc . He writes a column for the Telegraph and suddenly he is a wonderful writer, he has written one good article for the Junket and may have edited others but that does not constitute a 'great' writer. I am a fan of some of his work, as someone has said Dracula was terrible, but his reading of Wolf Hall is amazing, parts of DA were wonderful others quite wooden. I fully expect this to be shot down in flames by those fans who cannot understand that it is opinions of long term fans who will foster his career and serious work, rather than those who simply choose to see him as a sexual being who can do no wrong.

of course can do wrong

just like any human being

Definitely way more than a "sexual being"

I think it's clear that the younger generation (male AND female) are most likely the ones who see Dan Stevens as merely a hot fella/pretty face. They likely have only gotten to know Dan in his role as "Matthew Crawley". No doubt Dan Stevens is attractive, but I think his long term, more astute fans who seen his work pre-DA tend to focus less on his looks and more on his intellect/craft. At least, I hope.

Re: "Definitely more...." I have to admit and thank....

I have to admit that before Downton I was not aware of Dan Stevens. Having 'found' him there, with his fascinating and excellent portrayal of Matthew Crawley, and having also coincidentally discovered his reading of "My Dear I Wanted To Tell You", I was then prompted to investigate what other work he had done.

My search has been so well rewarded - some films, some radio plays, some writing, and an absolutely wonderful and varied range of audiobooks, each one being as if a fully 'characterised' play was being presented to me personally. His accents, range and interpretation have made every one of those books an absolute joy to listen to.

I may possibly never have considered actually reading some of these books myself, so I have to thank him for introducing me to a much wider literary range than I had before.

I am looking forward to his film "Summer In February", more film work, more tv work, more book narration and hopefully, one day I will see him on a UK stage in one or more plays. Meanwhile, thank you Dan.

Oh, hear hear! RE: "I have to admit and thank"

I myself had never listened to an audio book before delving into Dan Stevens' myriad books, so I too have Dan to thank for introducing me to that genre. Though he's spoiled it for others now I fear, because, as you said, his range of accents/tones/ interpretations is so impressive that it makes it impossible for me to listen to other narrators who are not quite as talented.

As an aside: Much as I love theater and plays, it occurs to me that the one problem with plays vs films is this: you can always dig up an actor's old films/TV roles and watch (rewatch), but once you miss a play, there's no going back to watch it. I only say this because it would be so great to see Dan on stage in his roles in Vortex/Romans in Britain/ etc etc, but alas, since those were plays performed earlier in his career, they are now committed to theater cannon, never to be watched again. So I do hope he does more film/audio/TV work, stuff that will endure and be available for future fans to watch again.

And hear, hear! Cannot WAIT for Summer in February!!

Re: His Choice.

Dan Stevens priorities may seem strange to those who equate success with all its trappings... the tangibles that extra cash provides. He sees life through a different set of glasses... time to enjoy the things that he values most of all... his family..., his writing... exploring various media... having time to reflect.

As for Hollywood dreams he has said himself that he would like to see where that takes him... that he would like a part in a big movie. What actor wouldn't?

Only time will tell whether or not the decision he made was detrimental to his career in the US or whether it enables him to do well there.

He has taken a gamble that the dice will fall in his favour. Borrowing his own phrase, we will just have ' wait and see!'

The Heiress

The Heiress schedule looks more bounding and monopolizing than DA though!

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