The entertainment world constantly gets graced with talent so well used that viewers can’t help but want more of it. Actors and actresses put on their costumes and game faces and give an acting role so much life you start to believe in it. Dan Stevens, the English actor best known for his acclaimed role in the series Downtown Abbey is such an actor. Infusing his versatility and wit into the roles he plays, Dan has gone from being a lawyer to a prince, a super-powered mutant and even a pastor in the span of his acting career. In this article, we’ll be taking a dive into his past and his present.
Dan Stevens Bio (Age)
The English actor was born on the 10th of October, 1982 in Croydon, London. He was adopted at birth by teacher parents who also adopted his younger brother. He grew up in Wales and southeast England. His passion for acting was discovered while growing up in Wales. Dan got a scholarship to study at Tonbridge School in Kent, where he was a boarder. In the school, he auditioned for the title role in the play Macbeth with his teacher the novelist Jonathan Smith.
In his mid-teen years, his summers were spent at the National Youth Theatre in London training and performing. From Tonbridge, Dan Stevens would move to study English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In college, he was an active member of the Marlowe Society and was part of the Footlights alongside Tim Key, Mark Watson, and Stefan Golaszewski. Being a part of the Marlowe Society helped Dan meet his lifelong mentor, Sir Peter Hall. Sir Hall spotted Dan when he played Macbeth alongside his daughter, actress Rebecca Hall in the Marlowe Society production of Macbeth.
Dan Stevens got into his acting career proper when Sir Hall asked him to audition for a role in his touring production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The tour would go on to play in such locations as the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City, Curran Theatre in San Francisco and the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. British and American critics lauded Stevens’ performance, and it earned him a commendation at the 2004 Ian Charleson Awards.
2006 saw him in The Line of Beauty and Hay Fever before being cast as Lord Holmwood in a BBC adaptation of Dracula, and as Basil Brookes in the Emmy award-winning Maxwell. In 2008 he appeared in the BBC adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Sense & Sensibility as well as the revival of Noel Coward’s The Vortex.
His big break in acting showed up when, in 2010, he got the role of Matthew Crawley in the ITV series Downtown Abbey. The series would turn out to be a global success, with fans especially in love with Stevens’ acting and the story surrounding his character. Fan uproar would ensue after the death of Matthew and subsequent exit of Dan Stevens after three seasons and the 2012 Christmas Special. 2012 was also the year he moved with his family to New York City, making his debut on Broadway that same year in The Heiress.
2014 had Stevens take up the role of a discharged army veteran in the independent movie The Guest. His performance got him a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Actor. His appearance didn’t end there, as he also was in The Cobbler, A Walk Among the Tombstones and was Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
His next big-time foray was in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. He starred as the Beast/prince alongside Emma Watson, who starred as Belle. The movie was a box office hit, garnering over $1.2 billion worldwide. Dan got on television screens again in 2016 as David Charles Haller, the lead character in the FX series Legion.
He appeared in Marshall and The Man Who Invented Christmas before he starred in the Netflix thriller Apostle in 2018.
Dan Stevens is also a professional writer, penning down articles and reviews for The Telegraph and The Times. He is an editor for The Junket, an online quarterly he co-founded with friends in 2011. Stevens has also lent his voice to audiobooks, getting nominated for two Audie Awards in 2014 for Frankenstein.
Married, Wife and Children – Family
Dan got married to Susie Hariet, the South African jazz singer and singing teacher in 2009. They met each other when they were at different theaters in Sheffield in 2006. Dan was starting out his career while Susie was already established at the time.
Together, they have welcomed three children into the world; their two daughters Willow (2009) and Eden (2016) and their son Aubrey (2012). Rebecca Hall is the godmother to Willow.
Even with his wife seven years older than him, their marriage has blossomed with the couple enjoying one another while being doting parents.
With his stellar acting career, one would imagine that Dan Stevens would have a healthy net worth that would keep him comfortable financially. That’s not far from the truth. After the release of The Man Who Invented Christmas, Forbes reported his net worth to be upwards of $3 million.
Height and Body Measurements
The English actor stands tall at 6 ft, which is the same as 183cm. He weighs 165 lbs, or 75 kg and has blue eyes with light brown hair.