Former 'Downton Abbey' heartthrob Dan Stevens has stepped out of the shadow of his character Matthew Crawley with an edgy new look.

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The actor debuted his new dark hair, facial hair and skinny frame at the GLAAD Media Awards In New York.

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Stevens reportedly left his golden locks behind after the Season 3 Christmas special. And it's claimed he lost weight to star in upcoming movie 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' - based on the novel by Lawrence Block - alongside Liam Neeson and Boyd Holbrook.

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However, as this picture from 2008 shows, Stevens hasn't always had blonde hair...

dan stevens

It was recently announced there is a new batch of faces set to join the cast of 'Downton Abbey'.

Ex-'EastEnder' Nigel Harman and 'Black Mirror' star Tom Cullen will be joining the regulars when the ITV period drama returns for it's fourth series in the autumn.

PICTURES: Stevens starring in The Heiress on Broadway...

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  • Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress"

  • Jessica Chastain as Catherine Sloper in "The Heiress"

  • Pictured (l-r): Judith Ivey (Lavinia Penniman), Dan Stevens (Morris Townsend), David Strathairn (Austin Sloper), Jessica Chastain (Catherine Sloper) in "The Heiress"

  • Jessica Chastain (Catherine Sloper) and Dan Stevens (Morris Townsend) in "The Heiress"

  • David Strathairn (Austin Sloper) and Jessica Chastain (Catherine Sloper) in "The Heiress"

  • David Strathairn (Austin Sloper), Jessica Chastain (Catherine Sloper), Dan Stevens (Morris Townsend) in "The Heiress"

  • Jessica Chastain (Catherine Sloper) and Judith Ivey (Lavinia Penniman) in "The Heiress"