Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens has appeared to have criticized Boris Johnson for Covid breaches at Downing Street during an interview on The One Show.
The 39-year-old actor spoke on the BBC’s nightly chat show about his new Starz political drama Gaslit, which is based on the true events of the 1970s Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of former US President Richard Nixon.
Stevens plays John Dean, one of the attorneys on the case at the time, alongside a star cast including Julia Roberts and Sean Penn.
Describing the show, Stevens said, “Well, what you’ve got is a criminal for a leader who’s involved in a dirty war, embroiled in some stupid scandal and surrounded by ambitious jerks and he really should step down and … no, it does I’m sorry… that’s the intro to Boris Johnson.”
The comments left hosts Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas speechless as they quickly tried to move the conversation forward.
Stevens went on to explain that the Watergate scandal was the original incident that “brought forth the suffix Gate,” which he noted we get “Partygate and all other stupid scandals.”
The video was posted on Twitter and has been viewed millions of times.
A repost came from former Labor politician Alistair Campbell, who tweeted: “Dan Stevens bow…”
Actor Nicholas Pegg wrote: “Applause for Dan Stevens.”
“Sometimes heroes show up where you least expect them!” read one tweet. “Dan Stevens, you absolute legend!”
“Dan Stevens makes me happy that for once I can’t find the remote,” joked one commenter.
The criticism follows police who fined Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Tuesday for hosting a birthday party for Mr Johnson at No 10 during the Covid restrictions in June 2020.
Both Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak – and the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie, who was also fined for partying in the Cabinet Room – apologized on Tuesday and confirmed they had paid the fines.
More than 50 fines have been referred to the Acro Criminal Records Office since the Metropolitan Police investigation into alleged lockdown violations at Downing St and Whitehall began.
Downing St has been contacted for comment.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/downton-abbeys-dan-stevens-branded-a-hero-after-calling-boris-johnson-a-criminal-on-the-one-show-41552922.html Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens branded a ‘hero’ after calling Boris Johnson a ‘criminal’ on ‘The One Show’