Monday, October 08, 2012

Male On Monday: Dan Stevens

Because the third series of Downton Abbey is currently showing on ITV in the UK, PHS editor and Harlequin Historical author Michelle Styles examines  the appeal of Dan Stevens for Male on Monday.

Dan Stevens has grown on me during the three seasons of Downton Abbey. His character (Matthew Crawley) is a principled solicitor who becomes the heir to an earldom. His on screen on and off romance with Lady Mary held most of the romantic tension in season 2. Season 3 starts with their wedding.

FB profile picture of Stevens
Six foot tall, with sandy brown hair, twinkling blue green eyes and a winning smile, Stevens plays his character with quiet dignity and absolute integrity, providing a way into the upper class world of the Granthams. Some of Downton's huge success is surely down to Stevens' ability to give a convincing portrayal of a man who is determined to stay true to his personal code despite his change in fortune. If you watch the season 3 trailer, the lines spoken at the end  by Stevens -- I will never be happy with anyone else as long as you walk the earth -- show why he is such a great romantic lead.

Dan Stevens is a highly intelligent actor who narrowly missed at First at Emmanuel College,Cambridge in English Literature, despite having the Cambridge Footlights occupy at great deal of his time. The National Youth Theatre also gave him acting experience but it was his involvement with the Marlowe Society and its production of Macbeth which gave him his first break as he was spotted by Peter Hall.

He has acted in the theatre, tv and film. Besides Downton, he is about to appear in a comedy horror film Vamps (being released beginning of November 2012) where he plays the love interest of one of the socialite vampires and as well as in another Edwardian role in The Summer in February which is currently in post production.
He served a judge for the 2012 Man Booker prize. (You have to love a man who reads!) and serves an editor-at-large for The Junket

Adopted at birth, he grew up in Croydon and will be thirty later this month. He is married to a red-headed South African jazz vocalist, now turned  singing teacher. They met while appearing in different productions in Sheffield and have two young daughters.

He is currently appearing in the Heiress on Broadway. It just had its first preview! Break a leg and all that.
You can visit his FB page here for more Dan Stevens photos and news.

Michelle Styles writes warm, witty and intimate historical romance in a wide range of time periods. Her latest Hattie Wilkinson Meets Her Match is published in November. You can read more about Michelle and her books on her website www.michellestyles.co.uk. Michelle is also a fan of Downton

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