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Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens shows off his slimmer frame at premiere of his new film

11 JUNE 2013

Since his dramatic exit from Downton Abbey at Christmas, Dan Stevens looks like a different man. Attending the premiere of his new film Summer in February on Monday evening, the dad-of-two showed off his slender frame after losing more than two stone.

Croydon-born Dan — who was joined by his wife, South African singing teacher Susie Hariet, 37, on the red carpet — looked dapper in a light grey suit as he attended the gala screening in London.

Just a few days ago, he appeared on the Graham Norton Show where he spoke about his recent weight loss.

 

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"I've lost about 30lbs since New Year, which, in British terms, is about two to three chins," he joked.

"It was for a role. It's always me, just different incarnations, different roles, different costumes and different sizes."

The British star, 30, has also swapped the dyed blond hair that Downton fans are used to seeing for a darker shade. "As for the hair, it's pretty much my natural colour," he added. "I went very dark for the last role by I'll see where I go with it."

 

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Dan was joined by his co-stars Dominic Cooper, Hattie Morahan and Mia Austen for the premiere of Summer in February.

He plays Gilbert Evans, a soldier working in Cornwall, who meets the Lamora Group, a bohemian gathering of artists and finds himself caught up in a love triangle between young painter Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and eccentric artist AJ Munnings (Dominic).

Dan worked as a producer on the film, which is an adaptation of a book written by his former teacher Jonathan Smith. "It feels like such a long time since I first read this book," he said. "So to have made the film at all in quite something, but to have such a special night to celebrate it is very exciting."

Writer Jonathan, who adapted the book for the big screen himself, said he always knew Dan was destined for stardom.

"All through his school days I directed him, so I spent a lot of time with him when he was a teenager, not just directing him but we became very good friends," he told the Daily Record.

"And at quite an early age it was extremely obvious he was going to be a marvelous actor because he was doing things at that age that I'd never seen anybody do. And I think he has an extraordinary career ahead of him."

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