Boy, That’s Not Your Look: Dan Stevens at the GLAAD Awards

Posted on March 18, 2013

Oh dear, cousin Matthew. The Dowager Countess would not approve.


‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens attends the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

But since she’s not real, you’ll have to deal with these two dowager queens.

Girl, what the FUCK are you thinking? Who is advising you right now? They should be publicly humiliated.  Look, we were two of the very few people on the planet who felt like you were making a semi-decent career move by getting out of Downton Abbey before the quality declined further or your character was reduced to an animatronic device that spit out words like “chap” and phrases like “en deshabille” without sound like too much of an asshole. We got it; especially with the recent spin around the Broadway floorboards. An actor only gets so many chances and those windows tend to be very brief. Go for it, if you think you’ve got a shot.

But THIS. Honey, no. This is so laughably “I’m TOTALLY going to be big in Hollywood!” that we’re all kind of embarrassed for you. Ditch the crunchy hair and artful stubble, go back to blond, see if you can get a refund on that chin, and stop dressing like a bouncer at a strip club, mkay? THIS MAKES YOU LOOK NEITHER HOT NOR COOL. We can’t say it any plainer than that, son.


[Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy, Larry Busacca/Getty Images]

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  • nannypoo

    Yet another man who needs to shave.

    • But give him a meal first, please.

      • MoHub

        But he already needs to go up a size or two on that suit!

  • gabbilevy

    Woah. I didn’t even recognize him. Dan, honey, this isn’t your look.

  • SewingSiren

    I never would have recognized him. Not in a million years.

  • sugarkane105

    This makes me want to weep salty British tears. I miss my Matthew!

  • tereliz

    He needs to leave this look to the John Rhys Meyers’ of the world.

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Seriously. My mind tried to aggressively convince me for 30 seconds that this was JRM.

    • CMSmith1848

      That is who I thought it was!!

  • bhl_1123

    This makes me more sad than Matthew’s death. Also, he looks terribly hungry.

    • I’m sad too, and he looks famished.

  • Has he lost weight? That suit looks like it was bought for a slightly larger man. Also, he has very pretty eyes.

    • Sobaika

      He definitely has. I keep staring at the last picture, his head looks way too big for his body.

  • MilaXX

    Everything from the neck up is bad. Awful hair color, worst styling, brows need to be groomed and face needs to be shaved. Below the neck that black shirt and glitter tie is HORRID. Go home, clean up, and try again.

  • Introspective

    he’s dressed perfectly for a bachelor party at a stripclub in queens where a fight will inevitably break out.

    not a good look hun.

  • mmc2315

    I…I…didn’t even recognize him!

    • j_anson

      This! My god! I freely admit that I have been brainwashed by society into finding thinness relatively attractive most of the time, but dear lord. One can take something too far. He looks like he’s playing Fantine in a gender-swapped Les Miserables.

    • Robyn Garrett

      He looks like Ed Norton!

      • jetpackdino

        I thought he was BJ Novak.

  • Contralto

    no less than he deserves.

  • Mahoney

    Whoa, cousin Matthew got his chin back. I like how the black hair brings out his neon blue eyes, but this look was only cool for a month in 1998.

    • I totally agree – this looks is extraordinarily dated.

  • Anathema_Device

    Oy. So “Night at the Roxbury.”

    • Right? And has he lost like, 15 pounds? Jeebus!

      • Anathema_Device

        Yeah. I didn’t swoon over him as Matthew, though, so it isn’t like he changed anything I liked about his looks. In fact, I think dark hair with blue eyes is pretty swoon-worthy, but he turned all the physical changes up to 11, when he should have just tweaked it a little.

        • You nailed it. This look is like a visual shriek.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      YES! I love you Anathema.

  • Damn son. I don’t even know who you are, but you have been T Lo served. Your best bet it to apologize, take their advice and never speak of this silliness again.

    • Anathema_Device

      Yes. Truly T Lo served. Do a Google image search on “Dan Stevens Matthew Crawley.” Shocking.

      • OH my. As a blonde, he has the “every man” quality to him..As a brunette, he has the “every douche” quality. Since Franco has that all covered, I think this actor would be better served going back to the look that landed him his last big gig.

  • lilibetp

    Dan is MUCH too thin. Dan’s hair is MUCH too dark. Dan doesn’t have the face for stubble. Dan’s suit makes him look oddly-proportioned. Dan should never wear a black shirt. Dan looks like a desperate tool.

    • PastryGoddess

      I am PastryGoddess, and I approve this message

    • This has got to be for a role, right? Please tell me it’s for a role.

      • lily

        Yeah it’s for a role!

    • This is for a role in a film, he plays a villain–
      Oh. You write like a tool btw. 😉

  • Janet B

    So few men wear stubble well, a list should be published of the few that are allowed to wear it out of the house.

  • cleverlady

    Since I hardly recognized him, I think perhaps the intent was to distance himself from Matthew Crawley and all things Downton. As with Daniel Radcliffe after Harry, I imagine it’s hard to rid oneself of an indelible character once you leave the series. Let’s allow him this 180˚ veer off the path of handsome and polished and hope he returns to blonde and shaved … and his own man, soon.

  • Wow, he sure turned douchey looking in a heartbeat.

  • Carla_Charlton

    But his blond dye-job was so awful, I can’t help but be glad he went to his normal color. That shirt, though, is ridiculous-looking.

    • NinaBoo

      Looks like he’s getting coloring tips from Stephen Moyer.

  • Bridget Dierks

    He looks very hungry, and that hair color looks like it came out of a box. Poor Cousin Matthew!

  • schadenfreudelicious

    was Matthew suffering from consumption??….

  • formerlyAnon

    I tend to like the skinny men, so that’s not in itself a problem – but he’s sure not pulling off this look. I thought he might be referencing a role as the too-charming new arrival to St. Mary Meade whom Miss Marple reveals to be a vampire trying to swindle a charming young heiress out of her inheritance. Or something.

    • H2olovngrl

      There aren’t any vampires in Agatha Christie books, Silly.

      • formerlyAnon

        Haha! True, but I’m imagining he would be discovered to be one in the movie version he looks as if he might be dressed for!

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Now he could return to Downton playing Thomas’s role instead!

  • procrastinatrice

    This is heartbreakingly horrible… He looks nothing like himself…also is he dying of starvation? I really am sorry to sound insensitive, but all I could think of when I looked at him is how scrawny he looks. And the hair makes him look so harsh… I am too sad at the physical transformation and the loss of his boyish charm to look at the clothes.

  • Apparently this is for a role as a heroin trafficker. Not kidding.

    • That’s the only way that this is even remotely ok.

    • not_Bridget

      Right. So he’s had to lose some weight. (What about all the “fans” who complained he was getting chubby? The same ones who complained that his leaving Downton would ruin the show–but he wasn’t a very good actor, anyway?)

      So the hair & the weight are probably excusable. Too bad he dressed the part for this event. He could have shaved!

      • AnaRoW

        Not if he has to be back at work the next day. The movie’s filming now. Actors can’t just change up their looks mid-role unless it’s called for in the script. It ruins continuity.

        Honestly I can’t get worked up over this. It’s not ideal but he looks fine. I’m more concerned over whether or not he actually belongs on the big screen.

    • H2olovngrl

      Not the direction I thought his career was heading in, but let’s hope it works out.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Good god. What happened to him? Gurl, don’t Cumberbatch this shit. You are no Sherlock.

  • isapaiva

    I agree with everything except for the blond thing. Not that this hair looks good here, mind you. But his natural brown hair was much better than both. Perhaps blonde would be better because it makes him more recognizable as someone who very recently had something good going on in his career, but he definitely looked his best in his Sense and Sensibility days:

  • Rrroza

    The other night I saw him in a silly, fun vampire comedy called Vamps. In it he was still blond, but playing a relaxed modern regular guy. Totally adorable and believable. So Dan, please: you don’t gotta do *this*.

  • GorgeousThings

    Maybe he just got a part playing Pierce Brosnan’s kid brother?

  • Jessi03

    Is he trying to go for a Jonathan Rhys-Meyers look?

  • charlotte

    Oh no! I honestly didn’t recognize him.

  • thoroughlymodernmillie

    I didn’t even believe it was him until the third picture down. Oh, COUSIN MATTHEW.

  • He looks like “mafioso #3” in a generic mobster movie. And completely unrecognizable. Is this new look for a role? Because if it’s not, someone needs to be fired.

  • I didn’t recognize him either, but to me, that’s a good thing. He had an indescribably off-putting sexless vanilla look about him on Downton Abbey and he looks nice here. The dark hair brings out his eyes. Maybe he’ll find some sort of compromise in the future.

    • H2olovngrl

      I disagree, but then, I like vanilla, so there is that.

  • Even those gorgeous eyes can’t save that look. Sorry, Cousin Matthew.

  • Le_Sigh

    ohhh nononononononono – i do not like this. i do not like this at all.

  • Indigo54

    Jeez! I didn’t even recognize him at first. Wow!

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Porn star reject!

  • He looks like he’s going to order Anne Boleyn’s execution and then go on a bender. Bad Matthew. BAD!

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    I’m not in favor of his hair product, but i like him skinny and much prefer him with dark hair. The suit looks pretty silly, though.

  • All people are going to see is that he’s lost weight, and they’re going to like that.

  • I dig it! He had to do something drastic to get over that milquetoast thing, and this works, man.

  • Where’s his wittle chubby baby face? Why must every man in Hollywood look like emaciated Holocaust victims? Arrggghhh!!!!

    On a side note, he looks like he should be singing Dick In A Box.

  • SignLadyB

    Oh the upside, Dan has gorgeous blue eyes!

  • Lilyana_F

    I hope he lost all the weight for a role, because THIS is not the look.

    • not_Bridget

      He did. He’s a heroin dealer in his current film…

      • Lilyana_F

        Well, I hope it was worth it..

  • Would NOT have recognized him. He looks like Tom Green post-tumor-removal. That’s NOT a good look.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    Boy needs a couple bacon double cheeseburgers STAT

  • Rose_H_Tyler

    While I generally like skinny guys, I think he looks better with more meat on his bones. TLo are right that he’s trying too hard to look “Hollywood.” This reads that he’s trying to look like what he imagines to be American. But I found his British boyishness charming. He looked damn fine in a British army uniform.

    • formerlyAnon

      I can’t say for sure it’s completely ruined because the stubble warps my vision, but he had a certain full-faced sexiness (that I don’t go for but I do recognize) with a few more pounds on him that didn’t survive the slimming. It’s a look that I don’t think ages well – it looks dissipated, or aging ne’er-do-well once there’s the barest hint of middle age – but one can’t deny it’s a popular look and he’s a little too young to abandon it, I think.

  • The hair color is likely for Fifth Estate, which is requiring terrible dye jobs on all its actors, apparently.

    • Judy_S

      His role in that film is Ian Katz. If you google him you can see him sort of moving towards that look.

    • Alyson Lamble

      I believe The Fifth Estate is pretty much done filming; this is actually more likely for A Walk Among the Tombstones, which is in production in NYC; Fifth Estate was shot in Belgium.

  • EEKstl

    Please tell me this for a film role, because otherwise this is the worst career move since Lindsay Lohan made a name for herself with Mean Girls as America’s New Favorite Redheaded Ingenue and went blonde and unrecognizable a nanosecond later. I want my (slightly) doughy, blond Dan back!

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Ooh, I never knew he was in Sense and Sensibility. I’ll have to look that version up, I’m sure he must have done a better job than Hugh Grant (the only casting dud in one of my favorite movies of all time)

    • formerlyAnon

      That version completely perplexed me, I couldn’t figure out why all the young ladies weren’t doing the period equivalent of jumping Col. Brandon/Alan Rickman in every available dark corner. He had more sex appeal in his left foot than all the other male characters put together.

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Oh, I was completely in love with Greg Wise when I first saw it (middle schoolish age I think), but Alan Rickman definitely grew on me as I got older.

        • sabrina

          Alan Rickman does make me swoon, and I love that in real life, Elinor ended up with Willoughby. <3

  • Imasewsure

    I really can’t figure out what is wrong with this suit/combo and yet it is wrong from head to toe! Plus the hair, etc as stated. This looks awful

  • MsMajestyk

    Preach. He was a gorgeous Edward Ferrars. I always loved the brown hair/blue eyes combo on him the best. Added bonus of David Morrissey as Col. Brandon.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Oh, I had no idea the Governor (Walking Dead) was British. Mind blown! Now I really need to find this!

      • harlowish

        I didn’t know it either until I saw a rerun of “Doctor Who” and realized he had appeared in an episode. (That’s why he looked so familiar!) It made watching the Governor’s scenes so much more enjoyable.

        • H2olovngrl

          Time to IMDB him!

  • warnerave

    he wants to look like Mat Smith, but failed miserably…

  • librarygrrl64

    Oooooo, bad hair and too skinny. Dan, you own the floppy, boyish look; work it while you can.

  • Spicytomato1

    Agree about the hair color. It didn’t occur to me during DA that his hair wasn’t naturally blond (albeit enhanced with some highlights). But now I see how the brunette complements his skin tone and eyes and what a difference. It’s a “jollier” look overall for him. Love the link you posted, he looks great.

  • Spicytomato1

    “…get a refund on that chin…” Has it been surgically altered? Or is this just him without his baby fat? Whatever it is, he seems a bit ill at ease here.

    • formerlyAnon

      I also wondered if it was surgical or just weight loss (and maybe a little intentional jaw-thrusting for the camera?). I *think* this chin still has the slightly uneven slope on one side his chin has always had. But I guess that could be a good surgeon, as well.

    • BP180

      I think definitely yes. He looks like a completely different person!

    • H2olovngrl

      I liked his chin and the bit of weight he had on him. So much heartier looking.

  • Zippypie

    He looks like he just got released from a stint in Azkaban.

  • CeeQ

    OMG. I really think THIS is a pearl clutching moment. What. The. Fuuuck?!?!?!?!?
    He looks completely awful. Just….holy shit, I really think I might faint.

  • MissAmynae

    He needs to come over to my house for a shave and a sammich.

  • Trisha26

    Without the name I would have had no idea who this was…I’m slightly afraid of this guy.

  • jw_ny

    I realize the hair and facial scruff is for a role, as well the loss of weight, but what heroin dealer has such obviously dyed hair? It just looks fake.

    The mafia black shirt and tie trend is so passe. I thought the Europeans were on top of the trends? 😉

  • Gosh, is he OK?

  • This reminds me of the time Ryan Gosling gained a bunch of weight for a role and then lost the part because he looked horrible. What is this fad of losing/gaining weight for roles? Whatever happened to ACTING?

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  • jetpackdino

    Funny how going from blonde to brunette actually makes him look much less intelligent.

  • Hork.

  • decormaven

    Has the casting call gone out for “Omen IV”?

  • sweetlilvoice

    God, how sad. It’s obviously the work of an annoyed DA fan. Perhaps his stylist/suit salesman/hairstylist is mad at him? Go back to blonde–much hotter. Leave this look for Ewan.

  • Yosa Addiss

    Wow, I figured he was listening to whispers of fame and fortune in his ear, but my goodness has he has been done WRONG by this look.

  • BaddestMotherEver

    EAT A SANDWICH, forchrissakes.

  • If ‘see if you can get a refund on that chin’ doesn’t show him the tragic error of his ways, all hope is lost. Mr. Stevens, you got told.

  • mrspeel2

    Let’s hope it’s all for some role he’s working on.

  • Fordzo

    He looks like a Hobbit.

  • Desperate to become a big star. Choose wisely young grasshopper so that we will continue to adore you. From lord of downton to NYC drug pusher?

  • PeaceBang

    Your outrage nourishes my soul. Bless you both, dear dowagers. He’s so lucky to have you.

  • Wendi126


  • This is so not working that I didn’t even RECOGNIZE him until my third or fourth take. STAHP MATTHEW.

  • prettybigkitty


  • peachy

    yikes! did he spend time on the inside with mr. bates??

  • PrunellaV

    Painful. Utterly painful. He keeps this up, he’s dead to me.

  • Coco Cornejo

    There better be a movie coming out where he plays the survivor of a shipwreck or concentration camp or something. Else he’s just too thin.

  • I dig the weight loss though

  • Alyson Lamble

    Given that he’s portraying a heroin dealer in the movie he’s currently filming with Liam Neeson, the weight loss, hair and facial scruff all make perfect sense to me. I think the suit would be fine with a different shirt and tie.

  • GenieinTX

    Why have I not seen this version? Helloooo Edward. And why is it not on Netflix streaming??? As for the pictures, above, I don’t disagree with TLo, but those eyes… wow, that is quite the pop of blue.

  • Zubair Ghumro

    I like him better this way…much better than his blonde hair and chubby cheeks. Good going!!

  • He just looks unhappy. I think he must be under a lot of stress since his final episode aired. He and Julian Fellowes have been the targets of much hate mail & nasty media. When I saw these pictures, I thought maybe the stress led to the dramatic (& rapid) weight loss.


    • makeityourself

      GT, not to get off subject, but where are you spending your time these days? I rarely see you anymore, and it makes me nostalgic for the early days here. Thank goodness Sewing Siren and Brooklyn Bomber are still here regularly.

      • Thanks, it’s nice to be missed. I have a regular working stiff day-job now which means, unfortunately, I don’t have as much time as I did when I was freelancing. I also now write a blog about Downton Abbey for PBS ThirteenNY – which takes a ton of time (though I enjoy it.) I really miss keeping up with everyone here and posting every day! I still read Tlo but I just don’t get enough time to post.


        • makeityourself

          Thanks for the update. Your PBS gig sounds fun. Just glad you are well and it’s only work (drat that work) that has kept you so quiet.

        • formerlyAnon

          Nice to hear your decreased appearances are due to nothing worse than more structured employment. Never think your absence (or that of any of the regular posters) goes unnoticed.

    • EEKstl

      Nice to see you, GT! I am glad all is well.

  • NoGovernmentName

    Something is different about his face. Is it only the weight loss? And the darker hair/beard? I am not sure I would have recognized this as Cousin Matthew right off…

  • cowper

    Clearly, he is trying out for “The Return of Fu Manchu.”

  • Anniebet

    Wow, was his experience on DA so negative that he felt the need to completely distance himself from it by becoming someone new entirely? He’s unrecognizable in smaller pictures. That dye job…no words. And he needs to put about 20 of those pounds back on.

  • H2olovngrl

    He looks haggard and that moustache looks creepy. He always looked so robust and full of vitality as Matthew. This. I just can’t.

  • Pterodactyl111

    Hey, Draco Malfoy finally got a dye job.

  • Hope those Vegas magician try-outs work well for you, Dan!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Has he been ill? He looks like he’s been ill.

  • EEKstl

    FYI, many in the blogosphere are saying the hair color and extreme weight loss are for the new film he’s shooting with Liam Neeson. We can only hope.

  • libraangel

    He looks SOOO much thinner – how come?

  • siriuslover

    I am late to this party, but just have to chime in here and say I agree completely. He went from cute, boy-next-door to full on douche bag in less than a year.

  • Tuneful54

    To me this is like Lady Edith choosing to get a makeover as Morticia Addams. I can’t wrap my head around it.
    Can he morph backwards from wannabe Hollyweird hipster?

  • fursa_saida

    Apparently the hair and stubble are for a role of some sort? I dunno, I got that out of GFY before google started telling me their site was going to kill my computer and blocking it.

  • I think he’s dyed his hair for a part where he plays a cocaine dealer.

  • You guys are awful. Seriously, he’s not out to impress YOU so give it a rest. He’s an ACTOR, they change their hair color for parts/roles they’re given. Producers request them to ‘lose’ weight– Dan has done so for his upcoming role in a film. Get it over it, his natural hair color is dark BROWN and was dyed for DA (Get your facts straight). Prior to DA he has done movies, because, SURPRISE he’s and ACTOR– let him do his job and stop whining about what “YOU” think is a good choice in style. Quite frankly I think this blog is garbage anyway. How incredibly narcissistic of the author to think that anyone especially Dan Stevens, would give two farts in space whether you supported his decision to leave DA. Please, grow up and get over yourself. — Success is more than sitting at your computer writing trash about people you don’t even know.