Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has revealed that he’s “still apologising” to fans who were upset by his exit from the show.
His character, Matthew Crawley, was killed in a car accident just moments after his wife Mary had given birth during the final episode of the period drama’s third season – which aired on Christmas Day in the UK!
Stevens told The Mirror: “The way Matthew went was out of my hands – but it was rather shocking.”
He added: “There were some very upset people and I’ve had to apologise to a lot of people over the past four years. But I take it as a compliment that Matthew was so loved on the show.”
At least the 34-year-old English actor’s decision to leave Downton Abbey has paid off, with roles in acclaimed X-Men spin-off TV series Legion and Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast earlier this year.
Stevens commented: “I’ve done a lot since [Downton] though – so hopefully people are seeing what I have been up to and are beginning to understand why I wanted to move on.”
Dan Stevens will next be seen in The Man Who Invented Christmas when it arrives in cinemas this November, playing author Charles Dickens.
Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.