Dan Stevens celebrated the premiere of his newest film The Fifth Estate at the Toronto Film Festival, debuting a new look on the red carpet.

Stevens, who shot to worldwide fame during his three seasons as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey, appeared at the Toronto Film Festival with a noticeably lighter frame and short, blond hair. Fans of Downton Abbey will remember Stevens as having longish waves of blond hair and a normal body type.

Since leaving the popular British drama in 2012, Stevens has gone through drastic physical changes, not the least of which is his weight loss. After his departure from the show, Stevens moved to New York City to perform in The Heiress with co-star Jessica Chastain, and followed that up by filming A Walk Among The Tombstones with Liam Neeson before filming The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch.

In an interview, Stevens credited his demanding new roles for his leaner appearance. However, it was not his body that shocked fans post-Downton Abbey, but his hair, which he dyed black for his role in The Fifth Estate.

“Each role requires different shapes and sizes, hair colors, costumes, accent. You know, it’s part of my job,” Stevens said on The Andrew Marr Show in June.

In The Fifth Estate, which explores the launching of WikiLeaks by Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), Stevens plays a journalist from The Guardian. The drama’s premiere opened the Toronto Film Festival and The Fifth Estate opens in the U.S. on Oct. 18.

For fans anxious to get their Dan Stevens fix, he will return to American television as the voice of a computer, TIM, in The CW’s Tomorrow People premiering Oct. 9.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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