From Downton to Disney, here are 5 facts about the Beast, Dan Stevens, in the live action remake of the fairytale romance
1 .He got his big break in Downton Abbey Playing romantic lead and lawyer Matthew Crawley opposite Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary Crawley, the 34-year-old got his big break in 2010 when he appeared in the British period drama. He left the show to expand his wings, leading to his character's untimely death at the wheel of his car.
2. He's buff and brains The Londoner speaks French and German (apart from English, of course), studied English Literature at Cambridge and was a judge for the Man Booker Prize, where he had to read 147 novels. He's not just a pretty, beastly face.
3. He's in a New York state of mind The father-of-three shipped his family from London to Brooklyn, New York City when he landed a Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of The Heiress opposite Jessica Chastain. He's been living there since. "I've always found great inspiration and focus here," he has gushed. "It was a city that made me feel extraordinary."
4. He's played the Beast before From the comfort of storytelling sessions with his kids, of course. Stevens made Beauty and the Beast very much with his three children in mind, having read the story to them hundreds of times. "In their minds, I've already played the Beast several times," he shared. Stevens has been married to South African vocalist and singing teacher, Susie Hariet, since 2009. The pair met in 2006 while working in theatres in Sheffield.
5. Playing the Beast took a very physical toll on him It's not just simple CGI — it's a combination of two different kinds: Motion capture and puppets. Stevens had to put on a muscle suit on stilts to capture the body, while a facial capture was done separately with UV paint, where cameras would pick up facial expressions and shapes from the scenes, take the data and morph it into the Beast's face.
Beauty and the Beast is now showing in cinemas. For last week's #ManCrushMonday, click here.