Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley in the hit period drama, will host this week's Have I Got News For You.

Speaking about being the opportunity, he said: "I'm hugely excited to be hosting this week!

“I've watched and loved the show for years - far longer than I've watched the actual news."

He will be joined by comedian Sarah Calman, as well as regular panellists Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.

Dan Stevens as Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley alongside Michelle Dockery's Lady Mary

Jo Brand and David Mitchell have guest hosted episodes in the current series and comedian Miranda Hart has already been confirmed for a stint in the host's chair later in the series.

Stevens will host Have I Got News For You, this Friday at 9pm on BBC One.