Putting to rest months of speculation, a spokesperson for the PBS series “Downton Abbey” has confirmed that actor Dan Stevens won’t be on the show when it returns for season four, Deadline.com reports. Stevens plays Matthew Crawley on the series.
The period drama begins shooting this winter in the U.K. on season four, the report notes.
“Season three ended its regular run on the U.K.’s ITV in November and a Christmas special which aired last night in the U.K. (Spoiler Alert) explains Matthew’s exit. Season three begins airing in the U.S. on PBS on Jan. 6,” the story reports. “Stevens is currently starring with Jessica Chastain in ‘The Heiress’ on Broadway and exec produced and stars in the upcoming indie ‘Summer In February.’ He has also been linked to DreamWorks’ untitled Wikileaks movie.”