Actor and prolific movie director Michael Apted and his wife, writer Dana Stevens, have paid $1,784,000 for a three-bedroom house in Del Mar, Calif., in San Diego County. In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on the mostly behind-the-scenes couple's purchase, which closed on October 11 and which was recorded on November 1. The couple made their purchase through their Fallen Leaf Trust, according to public records. Apted has directed many well-known films, most recently the movie "Amazing Grace" which is about the slave trade. Previous films he's directed include "Gorky Park," "Bring on the Night," "Gorillas In The Mist /LaserDisc," "Stardust," "Coal Miner's Daughter," and the James Bond movie "The World Is Not Enough." This is Apted and Stevens' second residence in Southern California. They also paid $3,250,000 in 2001 through the same trust to purchase a 3,556-square-foot house on North Saltair Avenue in Los Angeles' Brentwood area, according to public records. Built in 1977 (according to listing information) or 1979 (according to public records), the house in Del Mar has three baths and measures 2,380 square feet, according to public records, or 2,800 square feet, according to listing information. The house had been on the market for just under $2 million.