Actor Dan Stevens has erased all traces of his former character as he unveiled his dramatic transformation at an event in New York at the weekend.
Stevens, 30, showed off his slimmed down figure and dark hair colour while attending the GLAAD Awards event on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Downton Abbey actor has undergone something of a transformation since leaving the hit show.
Croydon-born Dan is now working on the new film A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson and will go straight onto The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch. Since leaving the ITV period drama, Dan has been concentrating on his theatre career, and is recently starred alongside Jessica Chastain in The Heiress on Broadway. He told Phoenix magazine that making the move from television back to the stage has been more than a little exciting.
He said: ‘Theatre, when it is at its best, takes a lot of beating – the live experience and the shared collective experience of live storytelling is really special when it is good. ‘Particularly here in New York because the audiences are amazing, very vocal and very engaged, and that makes theatre very exciting.’
Following his stint in The Heiress, Dan will be working on a new movie entitled Summer In February, which tells the story of a colony of bohemian artists in 1915 and also stars Dominic Cooper. Speaking about his return to the silver screen, Dan said: ‘I have only recently got interested in film, and it is a strange way of working in many ways. But actually, when it is at its best, it’s quite an extraordinary way of working between a director and an actor, to really explore an inner life. ‘When the camera is pointed the right way you can pick up extraordinary things and tell a story in an amazing way.’