Belfast Telegraph

More period work for Downton star

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has been spending twice as much time in the past.

Along with shooting the third season of the 1920s-set Golden-Globe-winning TV show, he's been filming and executive producing another period project in London, playing one side of an Edwardian love triangle in the movie, Summer In February.

The tight schedule means Stevens is the earnest Matthew Crawley amid the upper crust of Downtown Abbey one day - then a 1913 land agent who finds himself in a community of unconventional artists the next.

"It's been a bit of a headache, but fortunately they're not too far apart in terms of period, which is one good thing," Dan said on the set of his new film in Twickenham.

Jumping between two sets is not something he'd do again, but Summer In February is a a passion project for the 29-year-old.

The film is based on a book by a teacher from his old school, Jonathan Smith, who also adapted the screenplay, and they had been talking about the project since the actor was a teenager.

Based on a true story, Dan's character is Gilbert Evans, a land agent for the Lamorna Valley estate in Cornwall, which has become home to a group of artists.

Australian actress Emily Browning plays the object of his affection, Florence Carter-Wood, and Dominic Cooper plays Evans' charismatic competition, AJ, who would go on to fame as artist Sir Alfred Munnings, one of England's best painters of rural scenes.

When he finishes the new season of Downton however, Dan's ready to move on from the past. He said: "I would like to do something modern and possibly funny. I seem to have not had many laughs for a while, so that would be nice."


From Belfast Telegraph