English actor Dan Stevens had his career beginnings in the mid-2000s. During his early years, he appeared in the British shows Frankenstein and The Line of Beauty. He then played Lord Arthur Holmwood in the TV movie Dracula. He next played Edward Ferrars in the miniseries Sense and Sensibility. In the beginning of 2010s, he gained mainstream notice for his role as Matthew Crawley in the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey.
After his stint here, he had roles in the films Vamps, The Fifth Estate, The Guest, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and The Cobbler. He also played Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He became further known recently for starring as the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He also plays the lead in the new series Legion. Other films in 2017 are Permission, Kill Switch, Marshall, and The Man Who Invented Christmas.
The Legion actor definitely looks different now compared to his Downton Abbey days. He said that he started to intentionally change his body when he starred in the movie The Guest since it was required for his character. He said that it took him three months of training every day in order for him to achieve that look. He also said that he lost 30 pounds for the said role. He said in an interview:
“I worked very hard. I’m not a natural gym bunny and there was a lot of pain involved. I was training for four hours a day for a month, and then we shot for two months and I continued that training. Aesthetically, it was surprising. I have never looked like that in my life. My wife was very happy.”
He also added: “It was pretty intensive. I had to look very carefully at what I was putting in my body. It all felt pretty strict; a four-hours-a-day regime of gym and martial arts, various other physical training and also getting familiar with guns and ammo.”