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Monday 22 September 2014

Stevens: I'm based in US for now

Dan Stevens is starring in a remake of Swallows And Amazons

Dan Stevens has revealed he is basing himself in America for the moment because it "makes sense" for his career.

The Downton Abbey star moved with his wife and two small children to Brooklyn while he starred with Jessica Chastain in The Heiress on Broadway recently.

Since his Downton Abbey character Matthew Crawley was killed off, he has filmed Hollywood action movie A Walk Among The Tombstones with Liam Neeson and Julian Asange biopic The Fifth Estate.

Dan said of moving to America: "I don't know about for good but we're living there at the moment. And for work it makes sense for me to be there at the minute.

"But it's good to be back. I'm coming back in the summer to shoot Swallows And Amazons, we're doing a feature film adaptation of that, but in between I'm off back to the States to do an American independent film. So I hope I can keep hopping back and forth across the pond. I enjoy both."

The 30-year-old actor produced and starred in his latest film Summer In February, a period love story set amid the Lamorna Group of artists in Cornwall. It is based on a book written by his former teacher Jonathan Smith.

Dan revealed: "It's a book that I read when I was about 14 so it's been with me for half my life. It was written by a guy who was a teacher at my school and he directed me in a few school plays and became a bit of a mentor to me.

"So it's been an amazingly long journey but amazing to forge that relationship with my old mentor and bring the book to life."

Dan also revealed he was a fan of the 1974 adaptation of Arthur Ransome's Swallows And Amazons.

He said: "I was really excited when I heard they were making it again... it's not one that's been made for a while, so I think we're allowed a remake and it was a book that was very dear to my heart when I was young and I just jumped at the chance to be a part of it."

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