Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens beats Tom Hiddleston to be named the UK's best-dressed man

The actor whose character Matthew Crawley met his maker on Christmas Day topped the GQ list - meanwhile singer Ed Sheeran was crowned the most sartorially challenged male of 2012

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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens beats Tom Hiddleston to be named the UK's best-dressed man
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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens made a dramatic departure from the show that made his name in a two-hour special of dreary Christmas Day viewing. The reason? In his words, to pursue new roles. But little did he know his first would be of a sartorial variety...

The actor's dapper dressing has landed him the title of best dressed man of 2012, according to GQ magazine - pipping the likes of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Robert Pattinson to pole position. His array of snappy suits - perhaps inspired by Matthew's smart attire - can be seen in the string of well-chosen ensembles he has been sporting on the red carpet over the past year...

Dan StevensComing in second is The Hollow Crown's Tom Hiddleston followed by rapper Tinie Tempah, Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw and X Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary. 

Prince Charles will be chuffed with his newfound fashion status, finishing eighth in this year's list - streets ahead of his sons Princes Harry and William, with the Duke of Cambridge awarded a disappointing 37th place. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the magazine also named and shamed the worst dressed of the past year with singer Ed Sheeran (below) topping the list of fashionably-challenged famous faces.

Ed SheeranHe beat off competition from Labour MP Jon Cruddas who came in second, followed by Chantelle Houghton's cross-dressing ex-finacé Alex Reid. The Wanted's Max George finished in fourth position with Geordie Shore star James Tindale rounding off the top five. Check out the top ten lists of best and worst dressed British males below: 

BEST-DRESSED TOP 10

1. Dan Stevens
2. Tom Hiddleston
3. Tinie Tempah
4. Nick Grimshaw
5. Dermot O'Leary
6. Idris Elba
7. Robert Pattinson
8. The Prince of Wales
9. David Walliams
10. Eddie Redmayne

WORST-DRESSED TOP 10

1. Ed Sheeran
2. Jon Cruddas
3. Alex Reid
4. Max George
5. James Tindale
6. Ivor Braka
7. Robbie Savage
8. Andrew Marr
9. Lord Gilbert
10. Jason Gardiner