Dan Stevens: Killing off Downton Abbey's Matthew on Christmas Day was not my doing
Tuesday 04 June 2013
Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has insisted that he had no say in his character's controversial death in the ITV period drama.
Matthew Crawley was killed off at Christmas in a car crash, in an exit that shocked millions of viewers.
Stevens, who had already made the decision to leave the drama, told the Radio Times: "I am sorry about that! I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing."
He said of the costume drama, created by Julian Fellowes: "We didn't see that script until the very last minute, so we didn't know exactly how they were going to do it.
"There was a bit of a sweepstake going on and all sorts of speculation like, would he be gored by a stag in the Highlands? Or was some masonry going to fall from a parapet and hit him on the head?"
Stevens, who recently enjoyed a spell on Broadway in The Heiress, said: "I didn't have any say in the manner in which he went. Ultimately, it was in the hands of Julian and the producers."
But he added: "It was right that he didn't run off and have an affair with somebody. I don't think that would have been right for Matthew as a character."
Stevens will be appearing later this month in the film Summer In February, a romance set in Edwardian England.
He told the magazine that his character in the film might bear a resemblance to Matthew Crawley.
"For the last part of filming Summer in February I was actually filming Downton too," he said. "There was an overlap and, as a result, Gilbert Evans ended up looking curiously similar to a certain Matthew Crawley, because the hair and everything else had to match."
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Enrique Iglesias injured trying to catch a drone mid concert
- 2 Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, reveals new look on Annie Leibovitz shot Vanity Fair cover
- 4 Man on naked bike ride gets ejected after becoming aroused
The 1975 leave social-media after tweeting cryptic comic strip hinting at break up
Britain's Got Talent 2015 final: Winner Matisse had secret dog double, says owner Jules O'Dwyer
Top Gear to follow Have I Got News For You format with 'different host for each episode'
Britain's Got Talent final 2015: Ofcom receives 90 complaints about Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden's 'revealing dresses'
Ed Sheeran debuts new love song 'Sweet Mary Jane' about relationship with weed
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Why this year's general election was the most unfair in Britain's history