Former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is really sorry about Matthew Crawley’s death during the popular serial’s Christmas special, according to Radio Times. Apparently British viewers can’t enjoy their plum pudding if someone on TV dies at Christmas.
Speaking to Radio Times, the 30-year-old star went on to say: "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."
Stevens' character, Matthew Crawley, was killed in a car crash after visiting his wife Mary and their newborn baby in hospital. The untimely demise of such a main character, in the last few minutes of the two-hour festive episode, came as a shock to viewers expecting a more uplifting instalment of the hit ITV period drama.