Dan Stevens went from struggling actor to superstar in very little time, and with his latest leading role in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, things are only looking up from here. With millions of fans thanks to Downtown Abbey, many have already been impressed by his talent, charm and good looks. As his career has taken off, he has earned more and more fans who can’t wait to get to know the star, so here are 8 things you didn’t know about Dan Stevens:
8. Beginning Acting
Dan Stevens was known for having too much energy and was often called “difficult” but luckily it was suggest that he try to focus that energy in acting. At the age of 13 he won a lead role in a school play and from the age of 15 he spent his every summer training and performing with the National Youth Theatre. His professional career began in 2004 at the age of 22 when he was cast in a touring production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” After breaking into on-screen roles that same year, he spent six years landing several smaller roles before getting his big break in Downton Abbey as Matthew Crawley in 2010.