Dan Stevens is a British actor, known for his roles as Edward Ferrars in the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility and as Nick Guest in the BBC adaptation Alan Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize-winning novel The Line of Beauty. He is currently playing Septimus Hodge in an acclaimed West End revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
I adore books and love reading, but it’s hard to find the time. Life is a bit hectic this year – I just got married, and now we’re expecting a baby, and then there’s the play every night. I'm getting through Richard Holmes The Age of Wonder at the moment.
Carte Noire has always made me smile, the coffee so good they had to name it twice - Un café nommé desir...
On the readings:
My favourite reading was the Oscar Wilde, I suppose. My other dissertation at Cambridge was comparing The Picture of Dorian Gray to Will Self’s Dorian – so I know the book well - it's beautiful.
I did some quite obscure reading while I was at Cambridge. I did an English literature degree at Emmanuel College and ended up doing a dissertation on this American poet called Hart Crane. Not many people have read him, fewer bother to write about him.
Favourite love scene:
The love scene preoccupying me the most at the moment is the one which occurs off-stage between Mrs Chater and Septimus Hodge, whom I’m playing in Arcadia. I'm accused of having “a perpendicular poke” with her in the gazebo and am then challenged to a duel. Great fun.