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Dan Stevens Not Returning to 'Downton Abbey' Season Four

Dan Stevens Not Returning to 'Downton Abbey' Season Four

After some recent speculation, it has been confirmed that Dan Stevens will not return to his character Matthew Crawley in the hit show Downton Abbey for its fourth season, Britain’s The Telegraph reports.

“We were always optioned for three years,” the 30-year-old actor said about the show, which will resume filming this winter. “And when that came up it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things.”

“It is a very monopolising job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be,” Dan added.

ARE YOU SAD
that Dan Stevens will not reprise his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey‘s fourth season???

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# 1

No cant imagine how they will justify this one

# 2

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

@Manoush:

He died in a car crash accident after Mary gave birth to their son.

# 3

He died in a car crash accident !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# 4

He died in a car crash accident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# 5

He died in a car crash accident!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# 6

I wish him luck and will miss his character, but this guy is not too bright to give up this gravy train, monopolizing or not, for an unknown future.

# 8

And the actor was never heard from again….career suicide.

# 9

I really hate when an actor does that. We all know him from Downton, why didn’t he finish the show first and then he can try whathever he wants. That’s what happens when you let go something that has gave you the best the first time. Well done and good luck Dan I guess we are not going to hear about you anymore…..

Goodbye to one of the best characters of the show. I hate you Dan Stevens.

Another example of biting the hand that feeds him. Selfish. He doesn’t consider all the other actors for whom this show is important. I don’t plan to support his career.

What a selfish decision. Seriously, it pisses me off !

@gypsy:
Totally agree! He’s being veru unprofessional. And stop the spoilers, stupid ones!

Get over it!
So he’s leaving? And? Oh, I forgot “boohoo”.
He doesn’t want to do the show anymore, accept it and move on.
Maybe it’s personal? Maybe he wants to try something new?God forbid he actually does things he wants to do instead of pleasing the “fans”.

Good for him, very brave and I wish him all the best.
As for you my fellow anonymous posters, you’ll just have to get over it and focus on the other characters.
Him leaving doesn’t make him ungrateful, it doesn’t make him “stupid”, or that his career is “over”.
Why are you so dead set on painting someone into a corner? He wants to grow and experience new things, god bless him! More people should be just as brave.

Such a selfish decision! His relationship with Mary throughout the series has always been one of the main plots that kept me gripped! And the way they killed him off last night was just so abrupt and rushed. Nice one Dan Stevens

skyller2002 @ 12/26/2012 at 11:15 am

right on gypsy. I’ve seen more established actors leave a show and never to do anything again…maybe he should go have a conversation with christopher meloni…he left the hand that fed him and he has don’t nothing since a lousy stint on true blood.

To the Manor Born @ 12/26/2012 at 11:16 am

I think I’m more shocked by the fact that he’s 30.

They should have given him the raise he prob asked for

It actually could be good for the story line for him to be gone. Now Mary can find some other guy who will turn out to be a cheating dud. Matthew was just too nice and lovely. Sorry to see him go but there are other good actors out there who will be grateful for the job.

@Tazla: Apparently she leaves for New York in the new series, so she’s being written out too! :-(

This makes me sad ’cause all the show was built on him being the new heir of Downton. And I ship him and Mary, but I can blame him. As any actors in the world he doesn’t wanna be remember just as Matthew Crawley. He’s not the first one nor the last actor who does that. And nothing to do with being selfish. He wants to have a real career or at least try to have it. He could succed or he could fail, but it’s his own decision. I respect him as I respect every actor who try to do something different and not the same things for ages.

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He probably thinks the show is terrible now. It is. Why should he be on the show? He completed his contract, just like Jessica Brown-Findlay. And look at her now, she’s in Winter’s Tale with Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe.

I will miss his character on the show. I hate when a show looses one of its actors like this. At least fans of the show know who to blame.

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