In 2009, Dan finally made his debut on the big screen in a German biographical movie Hilde about the actress Hildegard Knef. Stevens played David Cameron.
In 2010, Stevens made a real breakthrough in his acting career. He landed the role of Matthew Crawley in the TV series Downton Abbey. The series premiered in September 2010 and ran for 6 seasons. Dan appeared in three of them until 2012. The series earned a variety of awards, including 10 Emmys, 2 BAFTA-TV, 2 Golden Globes, and many others.
The role of Crawley brought Dan a nomination for a prize at Monte-Carlo Television Festival for "Outstanding Actor" and a nomination for a Huading Award as "Best Global Actor in a Drama Series". The actor’s fans were very disappointed with the death of his character. The part brought him international fame. Many fans were looking for ways to invite Dan Stevens to their private events.
One more important role for Dan was of David Collins in the horror movie The Guest (2014). The role helped him earn a Saturn Award as "Best Actor".
In 2014, Stevens appeared in three more movies, including A Walk Among the Tombstones, The Cobbler, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
In 2015, Dan landed one of the leading roles in the movie Criminal Activities, on which he also worked as an executive producer.
One of the highest grossing movies of 2017 was Beauty and the Beast, in which Daniel had the leading part together with Emma Watson. The fans spent more than $1.2 billion on the tickets. The actor earned several prestigious awards and nominations. The same year, Stevens appeared in four more movies, the most successful of which was The Man Who Invented Christmas. In this biographical film, Stevens portrayed Charles Dickens.
In 2018, the fans are awaiting the movie Apostle, in which Daniel has the leading role.