Dan Stevens not returning to Downton Abbey. Actor Dan Stevens is not returning to the fourth season of the ITV TV show Downton Abbey. Stevens’ exit from the upcoming season of the popular UK TV show is as a result of the Downton Abbey Season 3 Christmas Special that recently aired on TV. “A spokesperson for the show confirms that the actor, who plays Matthew Crawley on the hugely popular period drama, will not be back for season four which starts shooting in the UK this winter.”
On Downton Abbey:
Downton Abbey is a British-American period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010 and on PBS in the United States on 9 January 2011 as part of the Masterpiece Classic anthology.
The series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of World War I, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal in the second series; and the Interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series.
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