Dan Stevens Is Really Over Downton Abbey

Photo: Mireya Acierto/Patrick McMullan

At a British Airways and VisitBritain party to “promote British tourism” yesterday, Dan Stevens (a.k.a. Matthew Crawley) was asked a question about his recent Downton departure — which makes sense, since the show is a major cultural export and also because Dan Stevens is only famous because of Downton Abbey. His response? “It's nice that people care, I suppose, about the show, but yeah, you know ... I had to do what I had to do.” Oh. Well, then, maybe he’d like to comment on his recent change in appearance, since it caused such an Internet stir? “Really? OK, I suppose. There's so much else going on in the world.” Stevens did have some U.K. travel insights, though: “The food is much better than it used to be, and the weather is getting better, too!” The weather in Great Britain is improving. You heard it from Dan Stevens first.