Dan Stevens says sorry to ‘Downton Abbey’ fans for ‘ruining Christmas’ in 2012

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has said sorry again 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 five years ago!

Speaking to The Guardian recently, Stevens was asked who he’d most like to apologise to. He answered: “Downton Abbey fans for ruining Christmas in 2012.”

He previously commented: “The way Matthew went was out of my hands – but it was rather shocking.”

The English actor has had a hugely successful year, starring in acclaimed X-Men spin-off TV series Legion and Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection is available to buy now.

Dan Stevens can currently be seen playing author Charles Dickens in The Man Who Invented Christmas, in cinemas now.