There's a Downton Abbey baby on the way: Dan Stevens shows off his blooming wife Susie at the Laurence Olivier Awards
23:29 GMT, 15 April 2012
Downton Abbey fans are eagerly awaiting to see if Matthew Crawley will tie the knot with Lady Mary in the upcoming third series of the period drama.
But in real-life, actor Dan Stevens is preparing to become a father for a second time.
The 29-year-old looked proud as he stood beside his pregnant wife Susie, 36, on the red carpet of Laurence Olivier Awards last night.
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Baby on board: Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens and his pregnant wife Susie arrive at the Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House
South African singing teacher Susie is heavily pregnant with the couple's second child – a sibling for their two-year-old daughter Willow.
While Stevens looked dapper in a Chester Barrie tailored suit from Savile Row, his wife looking glowing in a red empire line number.
The couple met in 2006 when they were both starring in different theatre in Sheffield and married in Sussex in 2009, when Susie was six months pregnant with Willow.
Speaking about fatherhood in an interview with the Daily Mail last December, Stevens said: 'I don’t think there’s ever a right time
to have kids. I’m actually pretty glad it’s happened quite young.
Expanding their family: The 29-year-old actor and his wife of two years are expecting a sibling for their daughter Willow
birth was just extraordinary. She didn’t cry. She was quite silent and
just lay there. The first noise she made was this sort of Do, re, mi
'Even the midwife looked up and said, what was that
'For the first six months I just looked at her and thought, “She’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”'
Stevens was just one of a host of stars in attendance at the glitzy ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.
Flapping around: Soap actress-turned-West End star Kara Tointon went for a Twenties-inspired look
Strictly Come Dancing 2010 winner Kara Tointon, who recently starred in the West End production of Absent Friends, was going for Twenties glamour in a black and nude Alice + Olivia fan dress and finger waves.
The ex-EastEnder was there to join fellow Strictly star Tom Chambers on stage to present the Best Dance award.
Bringing some Hollywood glamour was Californication star Natascha McElhone in an asymmetrical floor-length black gown.
One-sided: Hollywood star Natascha McElhone (left) and Jodie Whittaker both went for asymmetrical black gowns
Glamour: Captain America star Hayley Atwell (left) looked lovely in a nude fishtail gown, while Best Actress winner Ruth Wilson wore a black prom dress
Also going for asymmetrical was Marchlands star Jodie Whittaker, in a black column dress.
Luther star Ruth Wilson, who was recently romantically linked to her former co-star Jude Law, won Best Actress for Anna Christie.
The Donmar Warehouse production, while also starred Law, was also named Best Revival.
Triumphant: Wilson with her Best Actress accolade for Anna Christie and Jonny Lee Miller holding his shared Best Actor trophy with Benedict Cumberbatch (not pictured) for their performance in Frankenstein
Scots actor James McAvoy looked dapper in a black suit as he arrived with actress wife Anne-Marie Duff.
The Last King Of Scotland star was at the ceremony to present the Best Revival Award to Anna Christie.
Monochrome: James McAvoy and wife Anne-Marie Duff (left) and Freddie Fox and girlfriend Tamzin Merchant kept it simple on the red carpet
Winners of the Laurence Olivier Awards 2012
Best Actor: Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch – Frankenstein
Best Actress: Ruth Wilson – Anna Christie
Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Sheridan Smith for Flare Path
Best Director: Matthew Warchus – Matilda The Musical
Best Revival: Anna Christie
Outstanding Achievement in Dance: Edward Watson – The Metamorphosis
Best New Dance Production: Akram Khan – Desh
Best Sound Design: Simon Baker – Matilda The Musical
Best Lighting: Bruno Poet – Frankenstein
Set Design: Rob Howell – Matilda The Musical
Costume Design: Peter McKintosh – Crazy For You