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'Downton Abbey' Star Went on a Diet After Fans Called Him Fat on Twitter

Date September 05, 2011
Dan Stevens and Hugh Bonneville Many actors say that they never read their press clippings for fear of seeing something negative or hurtful, but we just know that some of them go ahead and read them anyway.

Now one TV star has admitted that criticism from fans hit home, pushing him to go on a diet and lose 21 lbs.

Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in PBS period drama 'Downton...

Dan Stevens and Hugh Bonneville Many actors say that they never read their press clippings for fear of seeing something negative or hurtful, but we just know that some of them go ahead and read them anyway.

Now one TV star has admitted that criticism from fans hit home, pushing him to go on a diet and lose 21 lbs.

Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in PBS period drama 'Downton Abbey,' told 'The Daily Telegraph' that he hit the gym after he was mocked online.

"I think viewers will notice that I've lost [weight] since the first series," he said. "It's pretty much down to the fact that I had tons of comments on Twitter about how fat Matthew was looking."

"It was true," he added. "I'd put on weight. I took it as positive criticism and started back at the gym and watched what I ate."

A slimmed-down Matthew -- heir to the Downton Abbey estate -- seems more appropriate for Season 2, much of which is set during World War I. "It's a very different landscape from the manicured lawns of Downton. I spend a lot of time in the filthy trenches," Stevens said.

So, will the fact that there's less of Matthew to love adversely affect his relationship with Lady Mary? We think not. Actress Michelle Dockery told AOL TV that one constant throughout the series is the bond between Lady Mary and Matthew: "That spark has really never burned out."

'Downton Abbey' Season 2 premieres Jan. 8, 2012 on PBS.

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