Dan Stevens reveals alternate plans for his character on 'Downton Abbey'

Actor Dan Stevens, who exited the popular TV series Downtown Abbey in 2012, has revealed that the showrunners had planned a more “shocking” death for his character.

The Beauty and the Beast star played the role of Matthew Crawley on the show and the character died in a car accident during the episode “A Journey to the Highlands”.

“I remember he had a line like: ‘I’ve never been happier in my life.’ And then he stepped off a curb and was hit by a grocery lorry. It was too shocking – it was insane,” Stevens told the Daily Mirror.

“You had people just running out of trailers saying: ‘No way, no way!’ And there was a sort of mass revolt that this was just too much,” he added.

Steven recently reprised his role of mutant David Haller in the second season of Legion.