Dan Stevens Will Leave ‘Downton Abbey’ After This Season [PHOTOS]

December 26th, 2012 // 3 Comments

Damn it, Matthew Crawley!  What will become of Downton Abbey without you?

Those of us in the states must wait for January 6th to come around, when season three of the British drama premieres on PBS.  In England, however, it’s come and gone, along with Tuesday’s Christmas special.

Today it was confirmed that Dan Stevens will leave the successful period drama, leaving a monstrous hole in our hearts and in the plot.

Stevens told the Telegraph (via TV Line) that leaving the show was “a very difficult decision.”  The actor did, however, make up his mind before season three began taping.

“It felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment,” Stevens recalled.  “From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things.” 

Leaving Downton, Stevens described, came with “a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness. because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be.”

Stevens currently stars in The Heiress on Broadway, and found that playing Matthew Crawley was very “monopolizing.”

I genuinely don’t know exactly what is around the corner,” Stevens said of his future, acknowledging that the life of an actor is an unpredictable one.  ”But I hope it will be something a little bit different.”

By Kelly Lynch

  1. Hampton

    Like some actors who gain a bit of fame for one role-his head hhas exploded and he thinks he will become a big movie or stage star. Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Jackman or Daniel Craig he isn’t. Remember David Caruso! No doubt he will take his ego and wind up playing with a local troupe in the West Midlands.
    Can you just hear Maggie Smith saying “after all I told you, he will never be one of “us”.

    • Hampton, I am totally with you on this. I mean, Dan Stevens is great–don’t get me wrong–but I think this will just put a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths. Also, why they couldn’t just end Downton Abbey after the third season I don’t understand. Don’t get me wrong, I love the show as much as the next person, but let it end with happiness!

  2. Hampton

    Dear Sabba
    Did “upstairs downstairs” end after Lady Marjorie went down on the Titanic? It ended when it ran out of Bellamys ran out of steam. Rose locked the door and walked away until series 2 started. Timeframe was middle 30s. ITV and the BBC are not going to kill the cash cow that is Downton until people stop watching.Case n point being “A From Larkrise to Candleford” which wouldhave wrapped the series in season 5 f which they canceled.

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