Downton Abbey star to head for Broadway
Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in ITV's Downton Abbey, has taken a role opposite Jessica Chastain in the Tony Award-winning play The Heiress.
Stevens will play the part of Morris Townsend in Ruth and Augustus Goetz's play, adapted from the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square, from October of this year.
This is not the first time that Stevens has performed on stage, having previously played the lead in the hit West End production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
He joins an experienced cast, including Jessica Chastain, who was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for her role in The Help, and David Strathairn, who picked up an Emmy Award for his role in HBO show Temple Grandin.
Speaking of his delight at securing the role, Stevens said: "I couldn't ask for a more exciting Broadway debut: to work on such a fascinating play, with such fantastic actors and one of Broadway’s great directors, Moisés Kaufman. I can't wait to get started.”
Stevens is currently shooting the third series of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes Golden Globe-winning period drama. The series is due to be broadcast from September 2012.