TODAY | January 09, 2014
>> a shocker and a tear jerker for millions of the fans of "downton abbey," when one of the characters was killed in a car crash .
>> and don't worrys are he's back in a new series. dan stevens , good morning.
>> she was talking about the episode, she was all broken up.
>> i was about eight months pregnant. there should have been some sort of warning. as everybody knows, that was very traumatic for many viewers.
>> a lot of viewers were up set by that. i spend a lot of my time apologizing.
>> my wife was very upset about this and then they say katherine, come over here, this is the young man that upset you and you have to apologize in public.
>> and is that often?
>> a lot. almost every day.
>> was that is surprise for you or were you ready after those several seasons to be off the show?
>> it was a surprise. it's a testament to how much people love the show and the character. at the same time -- hope the birth went okay.
>> luck imi didn't go into labor.
>> did you call in matthew?
>> i did. it was a girl, who i named mila, named after matthew.
>> so the show just premiered. did you watch?
>> i did, i did. it was wonderful to see everyone again. it was very emotional, very weird, watching people deal with my own death.
>> was it hard for you to walk away from that show? obviously it was such a phenomenon and remains so. that must have been a tough thing.
>> it was a tough decision but they're kind of exciting to make at the same time. it was very hard. i'm thrilled to be here. it's been quite a year since we left.
>> let's talk about "summer in february." it is a beautiful film. talk about your role in that.
>> it's a story that's been with me half my life. it's based on a true story . it was turned into a novel whby a tak teacher at my school. when i was just leaving college someone approached me and said should we try to turn this into a film. that was about eight, nine years ago. during this time downton came along. but a real journey with it and amazing to have it now on the big screen . it's been an amazing journey .
>> you hear a lot of people say this is your bounceback, your follow-up to downton, but this has been around for years.
>> it predates that by a lot of years.
>> and you're a producer. is that something you want to do more of?
>> it is. producing is a lot harder than acting. that has been a big learning process for me and something i will do in the future but not maybe tomorrow.
>> and you're a fine british chap who lives in brooklyn now. i see the scarf.
>> it's cold out. i've always wanted to live here. it's been a very exciting year.
>> we're glad to have you in new york. congratulations on all your success. dan stevens ,