Fact: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is set to play the Beast in the forthcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty And The Beast. Fellow Brit Emma Watson has already been confirmed to play Belle in the fairy tale.
Quote: "I am sorry about that! I think what emerged is that it's an unwritten rule that you're not supposed to die on British television on Christmas Day, and that, specifically, was not my doing." Actor Dan Stevens on the tragic end of his Downton Abbey character Matthew Crawley.