We've loved him for years. So we were crushed when we finally met Dan Stevens in the flesh – and he was just plain rude


Now rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest stars in showbiz at the GQ Men of the Year Awards this week. We talked fashion with Rita Ora, sipped champagne with Pixie Lott and even had a selfie with Olympic legend Mo Farah. But we’ve got to tell you, one of our all-time celebrity crushes – that Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens – was a bit, well, Downton crabby…

I’m not doing press,’ he told us, when we merrily swooped in to say hello. Then he turned on his heel and walked off.

Er, ok. Why are you here then, Dan?

Anyway, it got us thinking at Now HQ why WAS Dan such a meanie…

1. Is he H-angry? (That’s hungry AND angry, in case you didn’t know)

Dan has lost more than TWO STONE since leaving his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey in December 2012, and now he’s so skinny he’s barely recognisable.

While we’ve been admiring his new six pack in the trailer for new film The Guest, when we met him (briefly) in the flesh his face looked gaunt, his skin appeared dull and his legs looked so stick thin they might have snapped, even in a tux! Sorry Dan.

Dan says he wanted to lose weight after fans on Twitter called his character Matthew fat.’

He admitted: It’s pretty much down to the fact that I had tons of comments on Twitter about how fat Matthew was looking. I took it as positive criticism and started back at the gym and watched what I ate.’

Perhaps he was so mean because he was hungry. We’ve all been there.

2. Is he jealous of Benedict Cumberbatch?

Dan played second fiddle to Hollywood’s No1 Brit boy Benedict when he presented him with
Actor Of The Year at the GQ awards.

Benedict‘s role in flop The Fifth Estate, the film released last year about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, hasn’t managed to harm his otherwise hugely successful 12 months.

His award-winning year includes starring in the third series of BBC’s Sherlock, appearing in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave.

3. Is it because his film career has been struggling?

People are saying he could be the next Bond after his role as David, a soldier in his new film The Guest, which must be a huge relief for Dan because his previous films have been rubbish.

We’d never even heard of Summer In February, which was his first role since leaving Downton. Then there was The Tomorrow People which The Telegraph said had bland characters and a serious lack of wit.’

Then the eagerly-anticipated The Fifth Estate was a resounding flop, even though Dan starred opposite Benedict Cumberbatch.

So it’s a good job Dan is getting better reviews for his new film.

4. Was he still in character?

He plays a bad boy in new film The Guest. Perhaps he was still in character? We realise we’re starting to scrape the barrel here…

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