NEW YORK - "Downton Abbey" fans were devastated when Matthew Crawley made his dramatic exit from the series at the end of the show's third season. The actor who played him, however, is less emotional about the plot point.
"It's nice that people care, I suppose, about the show, but yeah, you know ... I had to do what I had to do," Dan Stevens said Thursday while attending a New York reception to launch a two-day pop-up showcase to promote British tourism.
He does, however, recognize the phenomenon the show has become, airing in countries across the globe.
"It's a show that means a lot to a lot of people, and, you know, we've obviously gone into a lot of homes on a Sunday night, so people feel very close to the show, which is great," Stevens said.
On "Downton," the relationship between Crawley and Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary was a central story line.