Dan Stevens hints at leaving ‘Downton Abbey’ for Hollywood

Dan Stevens hints at leaving ‘Downton Abbey’ for Hollywood

New York City : NY : USA | Sep 09, 2012 at 1:40 PM PDT
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Dan Stevens, of fame Matthew Crawley in “Downton Abbey,” recently revealed that he is not sure if he will reprise his role as the handsome heir in the ITV1 period drama.

Asked if he would sign up for a fourth season of the critically-acclaimed drama, Dan said that the show had been “a terrific, extraordinary thing to happen to one’s career and I’m hugely grateful.

“But I suppose I do slightly miss the sense of an ending. We get two scripts at a time and you’re never quite sure where the story is going,” the 29-year-old actor said. “I mean, one minute I’m in a wheelchair and then the next minute I’m out of it. There are some quite challenging twists and turns. If you do a play or a film, at least you know whether your character lives or dies, or who he falls in love with. But with Downton...”

The blue-eyed hunk revealed that he is moving to New York to play a role in Broadway play “The Heiress” for six months. Dan told The Sun newspaper: "I am off to New York in about a month's time and it is going to be one big adventure.”

The British star - who will perform alongside Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in the Tony-award winning play – told the tabloid that his wife, Susie Hariet” and their two young children will accompany him to America.

Dan Stevens’ character Matthew Crawley is set to wed Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) in the latest season of the drama, which premieres September 16. He told The Sun that the show's popularity in America has played a huge part in helping him secure the coveted role.

Dan explained: "It was a big decision to go as taking your family over there is a big thing but it's exciting. It is all down to the success of 'Downton' in America. The show has been a huge hit over there on the back of the Emmys.”

"It's big over here but it is crazy over there. They really love it. I think that is to be celebrated and embraced. I can't wait to go. New York is one of the most exciting places on earth," he added.

According to reports, Dan Stevens was also selected by a Hollywood director to star in upcoming romantic comedy “Vamps” alongside Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter.

In the mean time, Dan returns to UK screens in the third season of “Downton Abbey,” which begins again on Sunday, September 16.

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