Dan Stevens teased Benedict Cumberbatch over Downton criticism

Dan Stevens has revealed he teased Benedict Cumberbatch on the set of their new film 'The Fifth Estate' for describing period drama 'Downton Abbey' as "atrocious."

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Dan Stevens has revealed he teased Benedict Cumberbatch for describing 'Downton Abbey' as "atrocious."

The 30-year-old actor - whose character Matthew Crawley was killed off in the 2012 Christmas special of the hit ITV period drama - stars alongside Benedict in 'The Fifth Estate', a drama about Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, and he says he constantly reminded Benedict of the comment he made to make him feel bad.

Dan - who is good friends with the 'Sherlock' star - said: "I teased him about it all the time. It was a terribly easy way to make him feel bad. But, of course, there are no hard feelings between us and it was great getting to work with him. I think it was the usual crossed wires thing but a quote like that is too good for various outlets to ignore."

The English actor believes 'Downton Abbey' has been such a huge success in the US - where it has attracted 24 million viewers - because Americans are fascinated by the "Old World" and the old class system of Britain.

He said: "A lot of people try to discern what made 'Downton' so popular. There's a very strong Anglophile streak there, and a fascination with the Old World and the way things used to work. Some Americans harbour a desire for those years; others are very thankful that the world has moved on."

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