Dan Stevens as Matthew Crowley on "Downton Abbey," and on the red carpet on March 16. (ITV, Larry Busacca/Getty …
Warning: The post contains "Downton Abbey" Series 3 spoilers.
It’s official -- Matthew Crawley is no more, and Dan Stevens has now entered the modern world.
The 30-year-old British actor is known around the world as the noble, intelligent, and indisputably perfect Matthew Crawley on the PBS period soap opera “Downton Abbey.” He even had the wavy blond locks, bright blue eyes, and healthy round cheeks of a cherub -- the man was an angel on earth.
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Alas, poor Matthew (SPOILER ALERT!) met an untimely end in the Series 3 finale of “Downton,” as Stevens decided to leave the popular drama for greener (or should we say darker?) pastures.
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At the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Sunday night, Stevens was barely recognizable as he revealed a brand-new look -- short dark hair, grizzly stubble, and a dramatically slimmer frame, shown off in a sleek and shiny grey suit and jet-black tie and shirt. It was clear that Stevens didn’t have a trace of eras past anywhere on him.
After his departure from “Downton,” the actor kept his usual look intact for the Broadway production of “The Heiress,” in which he played Morris Townsend opposite Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain. But that show closed in early February, leaving Stevens open for a new style and hairdo.
Perhaps Stevens is now bracing himself for the transition from the Abbey to the dazzling hills of Hollywood. As fans mourned his passing on the show, Stevens told the Guardian, “I haven’t done as many films as I would have liked … I don’t have ‘I will be a movie star’ emblazoned on anything, but I’d like do a bit more screen stuff and then when the time is right, come back to theatre.”
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He’s off to a good start. He’s currently filming the crime drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones” with Liam Neeson, as well as "The Fifth Estate," the upcoming movie about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch).
But this doesn’t mean Stevens is set on being the next Hollywood heartthrob.
“I genuinely don’t feel ‘I must play this role’ or ‘I must take this much at the box office’ in order to fulfill my happiness quotient. As long as I am given the opportunity to keep performing and keep exploring in whatever medium, I’ll be happy,” he said.
Dark or light hair, crisp suit or vintage formalwear, we’re just happy to see more of Dan Stevens, regardless of the era.