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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Dan Stevens- Actor of the Week

Dan Stevens
OK, I admit it. I have a soft spot for the English intellectual actor. What is it do you think, the Oxbridge posh accent or the wonderful witty banter when interviewed? Am I alone ladies? Here we have another cutie from Cambridge (Emmanuel College/English Lit) Dan Stevens, who is riding the Downton Abbey wave of popularity at the present. He does seem to be a truly decent guy. He gives the "I'm not really posh" line that we hear regularly from Hugh Grant, however he is happily married with a young daughter and so seems to be a decent guy- very like his character Matthew Crawley from Downton!

Dan Stevens as Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility 2008
Most of us got our first glimpse of Dan as the sexed-up Andrew Davies version of Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility 2008. Infinitely preferable to Hugh Grant's stiff necked Edward in S&S 1995, we had him chopping wood in the rain (wet shirt) to get us interested. A very good outlet for the pent up frustration of the character as he wrestles with his conscience and his libido at the same time! Oh, poor Edward.

Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey
As the utterly likeable Manchester lawyer Matthew Crawley, Dan really upped his profile. When he became heir to the Downton Estate, even Mary started to view him differently, but when he returned for season 2 all buff and in his uniform...well...phwoar!

Dan Stevens in uniform as Captain Crawley

Do you agree? A bit edgier, no? Anyhoo...he has lots of fans now and we look forward to seeing him in Season 3. I wonder what American Granny Shirley MacLaine will make of him?

Dan Stevens in Vamps
As the love interest of NYC vampire girl Krysten Ritter in this year's Vamps starring Alicia Silverstone and written and directed by Clueless genius Amy Heckerling, I want to like this one but the early buzz is not good. And the tag line is "NICE GIRLS SUCK". Rats!

Dan Stevens and Domenic Cooper

More promising is the reunion of Dan with S&S alumni Domenic Cooper and Hattie Morahan in Summer in February. It is billed as "A true tale of love, liberty and scandal amongst the Edwardian artists' colony in Cornwall" and is in post-production due out later in the year. Fingers crossed.

And here he is in a BAFTA interview being adorable and demonstrating a bit of that posh Cambridge accent.

 

So let's hope for more wonderful roles in the future for this supremely talented young man!

10 comments:

  1. I think he's very talented and likable. I enjoyed his Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility. He's proven to be very talented in Downton Abbey. I think especially after he came home with war injuries. I sincerely hope he has a good career ahead of him.

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  2. Like Susan, I really enjoyed his performance in S&S. I esp. I liked his Season 1 performances on Downton Abbey when he was much more his own man. And those eyes! My goodness!

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  3. Hi Suzan and Mary

    I think I need to watch S&S 2008 again soon. And I agree about those eyes. Very mischievous in that clip too and soooooo blue!

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  4. Hi Jenny,

    I love Dan Stevens!! :wub: I LOVE him in Downton Abbey. He is gorgeous and has lovely blue eyes. ;) I also love his voice. I had a wonderful dream the other night where Dan proposed to me! :D I was wearing a purple ball gown and he suddenly got down on one knee in front of me and said ," Kate, will you marry me?" I said, "Yes, of course I will! He hugged, kissed me and spun me round. Lovely dream. I wish I was Mary Crawley in the proposal scene! Dan is my favourite man in Period Drama at the moment. I can't wait to see him in series 3 of Downton Abbey and hopefully in lots of other roles in the future.

    xx

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    1. Hi Kate,

      You have lovely dreams! And very good taste. I hear they are filming season 3 now. Squee!

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    2. Hi Jenny,

      Series 3 is being filmed as we speak and Shirley Maclaine is starring as Cora's mother. Think they filming a certain 'wedding'! I wish Dan was in more romantic roles because he is a perfect leading man! Those gorgeous blue eyes...

      xx

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  5. there is a season 3? (could there be a happier end to season 2?) AND there's a Summer in February? the Hobbit? apart from everyday woes 2012 is looking pretty good

    i will always like Hugh Grant but aye,aye Dan was soo good for Edward in S&S

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    1. @mommbsta Yes, the cast and crew are filming Season 3 in the UK right now and will air in autumn 2012 in the UK and in Jan 2013 in the US. If you haven't seen the Christmas Speical I highly recommend it as it has a very happy ending :) Loved Dan in S&S though I saw it a long time ago.

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  6. Dan Stevens I think you should come back to Downton Abbey. The show will not be the same. Use the same wisdom to save the show as you did to save Downton Abbey.

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    1. Hi Anon. Well, he wasn't actually declared dead but I think they have started filming the next season without him! Mary will bounce back quickly I am sure and at least we will have some juicy new plot lines. I suppose we can all go back and watch him in S&S again to console ourselves!

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