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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens unrecognisable after transforming for new role

Is that you, Matthew Crawley? 

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Dan Stevens is perhaps best known for his role as the smart and kind Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, but his latest role as Russian favourite Alexander Lemtov in Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga has become instantly iconic! 

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A far cry from his portrayal of the 20th-century gentleman who is shocked to discover that he is the sole heir to a large estate, in the Netflix original film, Dan looks almost unrecognisable with feathered blonde hair, a sun-kissed fake tan, and some truly outstanding outfits.

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Dan looks completely different in the Netflix film

Viewers were an instant fan of his character, with one writing: "Also since Eurovision 2020 never happened it's now canon that Alexander Lemtov won Eurovision 2020 I don't make the rules," while another added: "Kinda want a Eurovision Movie spin-off about Alexander Lemtov. I wanna find out what happened to that guy. Honestly best character in the movie, he and Mita deserve all the love." 

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Did you recognise the Legion actor?

Speaking about the role - and all of the singing and dancing required to play a convincing Eurovision contestant - Dan told USA Today: "There were a lot of push-ups. Lemtov's got his chest out all the time and I'm surrounded by these four incredible professional dancers, all shirtless and in insane shape. I had to keep up." He added: "He’s the anti-hero. He’s an obstacle for Lars (Ferrell). Lars wants to be Lemtov and there’s tremendous jealousy and he worries he’s going to steal Sigrit." 

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Since he was unable to record the songs due to the global lockdown, he also revealed that Swedish singer Eric Mjönes provided the vocals of his amazing performances, telling Vulture: "They stuck with a very talented Swedish baritone... Eric’s singing style is so perfect for the song. I think it’s great, and it fits really neatly."