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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Downton Abbey actor joins Booker judges

Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens joins Man Booker judges

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Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey 

Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens (who is also editor-at-large for the online literary magazine The Junket) will join the judging panel of the 2012 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

For once the whole of New Zealand (a country utterly hooked on Downton Abbey) will find a Booker judge a familiar face.  Best known to audiences as Matthew Crawley in the hit ITV1 drama, Stevens studied English at Cambridge and was a member of the Footlights drama club.

Academic and critic Dinah Birch, historian Amanda Foreman and writer Bharat Tandon will also join the panel chaired by Sir Peter Stothard.

The prize longlist is announced in July with the winner unveiled in October

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