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Dan Stevens 'won't return to Downton Abbey full-time'

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Dan Stevens will reportedly not return to Downton Abbey full-time next series.

Rumours of the actor's exit first began to circulate last month, with TVLine now claiming that "multiple sources" have confirmed Stevens's departure from the ITV period drama.

Downton Abbey - Christmas Special 2012:  Matthew Crawley

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Stevens will appear as Matthew Crawley in Downton's Christmas special - to air on December 25 - but will apparently not appear on a regular basis in the fourth series, which will start shooting in February 2013.

Series creator Julian Fellowes previously insisted that the series will not re-cast the character of Matthew, adding that "there's nothing [you] can do" if actors want to move on to other projects.

"Sometimes actors feel they want to move on," he said. "Initially, for the first two or three [seasons] you can contract them, but after that, every season, you have to re-contract them. If they don't want to come back, there's nothing we can do."

In the US, the third series of Downton Abbey will debut on PBS on January 6.

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Watch ITV1's Christmas 2012 trailer - featuring clips from Downton Abbey - below:

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