Matthew Macfadyen Biography
Matthew Macfadyen (David Matthew Macfadyen) is an English actor born on 17th October 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. In June 2010, Macfadyen won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Criminal Justice.
Matthew Macfadyen was brought up in a number of places, including Jakarta, Indonesia, as a result of his father’s occupation. He attended schools in England a number of schools including in Louth, Lincolnshire, Scotland and Indonesia, and went to Oakham School in Rutland, before being accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at 17.
After having studied at the RADA from 1992 to 1995, Macfadyen became known in British theatre primarily for his work with the stage company Cheek by Jowl, for whom he played Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi, Charles Surface in The School for Scandal, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.
In 2005, he played Prince Hal in Henry IV, Parts One and Two at the Royal National Theatre.
A TV breakthrough came when he appeared as Hareton Earnshaw in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, screened on the ITV network in 1998. Further television drama work followed, including starring roles in the dramas Warriors (1999) and The Way We Live Now (2001), both for the BBC. Also in 2001, he earned acclaim for his starring role in the BBC Two drama serial Perfect Strangers. In 2002, he starred in The Project, a BBC drama charting New Labour’s rise to power. He starred in Spooks on BBC One.
In 2007 Matthew Macfadyen appeared in the one-off Channel 4 drama Secret Life. Macfadyen won the ‘Best Actor’ award at the Royal Television Society 2007 Awards for this part, and was nominated for a BAFTA. He also appeared in a short sketch for Comic Relief as the bridegroom in Mr. Bean’s Wedding, alongside Rowan Atkinson and Michelle Ryan.
Matthew Macfadyen appeared in films including Enigma (released in 2001), and In My Father’s Den, for which he received the New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor. He stars as the romantic lead Fitzwilliam Darcy in an acclaimed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, released in the UK in September 2005.
Matthew Macfadyen starred in Frank Oz’s “Death at a Funeral” and the film Incendiary, based on Chris Cleave’s novel alongside Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. He has also appeared in Ron Howard’s film Frost/Nixon, in which he played John Birt. In 2008, he played the male lead Arthur Clennam in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. In 2009 Macfadyen appeared alongside Academy Award nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter in the BBC Four movie Enid, based on the life of Enid Blyton, as Hugh Pollock, Blyton’s publisher and first husband.
In 2010, Matthew Macfadyen played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood. He starred in the TV serial The Pillars of the Earth, and in Any Human Heart. In June 2010, Macfadyen won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Criminal Justice.
In 2011, Matthew Macfadyen appeared in the BBC show Spooks, and in 2012, he in Anna Karenina. In December 2012, he began portraying Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in BBC One’s Ripper Street.
Matthew Macfadyen Age
Matthew Macfadyen was born on 17 October 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England to Meinir , a drama teacher and former actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive.
Matthew Macfadyen Wife
Matthew Macfadyen began a relationship with his then-married Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes in 2002. They were married in November 2004. They have two children, a daughter Maggie who was born in December 2004 and a son Ralph who was born in September 2006.
Matthew Macfadyen Children
Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes have two children, a daughter Maggie who was born in December 2004 and a son Ralph who was born in September 2006. Macfadyen is stepfather to Hawes’s son, Myles, from her previous marriage.
Matthew Macfadyen Height
Matthew Macfadyen stands at 1.91 m.
Matthew Macfadyen Net Worth
Matthew Macfadyen has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.
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Matthew Macfadyen Movies and TV Shows
Matthew Macfadyen Films
- 2000: Maybe Baby:
- 2001: Enigma:
- 2003: The Reckoning
- 2004: In My Father’s Den
- 2005: Pride & Prejudice
- 2006: Middletown
- 2007: Grindhouse
- 2007: Death at a Funeral
- 2008: Incendiary
- 2008: Frost/Nixon
- 2010: Robin Hood
- 2011: The Three Musketeers:
- 2012: Anna Karenina:
- 2014: Lost in Karastan:
- 2015: The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music
- 2017: The Current War:
- 2018: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Matthew Macfadyen TV Shows
- 1997 : Holding the Baby
- 1998 : Wuthering Heights
- 1999 : Warriors
- 2000 : Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
- 2001 : Perfect Strangers
- 2001 : The Way We Live Now
- 2002 : The Project
- 2002–2004: Spooks
- 2007 : Mr. Bean’s Wedding
- 2007 : Secret Life
- 2008 : Ashes to Ashes
- 2008 : Little Dorrit
- 2008 : Agatha Christie’s Marple A Pocket Full of Rye
- 2009 : Enid
- 2009 : Criminal Justice II
- 2010 : The Pillars of the Earth
- 2010 : Any Human Heart
- 2011 : Spooks
- 2012–2016 : Ripper Street
- 2013 : Ambassadors
- 2015 : The Enfield Haunting
- 2015 : The Last Kingdom
- 2016 : Churchill’s Secret
- 2017 : Howards End
- 2018 : Succession
Matthew Macfadyen Interview on Playing Succession’s Biggest Oddball
Tom is this guy from Minneapolis thrown into a powerful New York family. How did you approach the character?
Matthew Macfadyen: I just go with the script, really. It’s all there in the writing. You get a feel for it. That’s the lovely thing about doing long-form TV — it builds as you work. The writers are influenced by what you’re doing a little bit, and things change when you’re improvising and playing with the other actors. It’s quite an organic feel.
Did you do lots of improv?
Matthew Macfadyen: We did a little bit, yeah. The writers, led by Jesse [Armstrong] and Tony Roche, were really brilliant — Susan Stanton, Lucy Prebble, Jonathan Glatzer. They would always have alternate lines at the ends of scenes, so we’d shoot the scenes and they’d come in with other sides and we’d do something a little bit different, which is such fun and just keeps it fresh and exciting.
Tom has some very unnerving line readings, especially with Greg. He’ll say something totally demented and then play it off as a joke. You can’t tell if he’s being serious.
Matthew Macfadyen: He’s horrible to Greg, isn’t he? [Laughs.] I guess he’s unsettled by Greg, but actually they end up needing each other a little bit. Initially, he’s so desperate to be close to Logan and be in the family and be accepted, but Greg coming in is a real threat.
Episode six really capitalizes on the humor in their relationship. Tom tutors Greg about being rich, starting off by telling him that California Pizza Kitchen is not a nice restaurant.
Matthew Macfadyen: [Laughs.] Yeah, eating those little birds!
How was it filming that dinner scene?
Matthew Macfadyen: Every scene I did with Nick [Braun], we couldn’t wait to shoot it and then we’d panic because we’ve got terrible giggles. We’d very easily break out laughing. It was quite nerve-racking because we were thinking, We’re gonna screw this up and people are going to get cross with us and maybe we’re enjoying it a bit too much, you know? We’re not being as funny as we think we are. So, it was tricky in that sense. I think Greg and Tom have ended up with a nice sort of double act, in a funny way. They’re an odd couple.
At one point, Tom also takes Greg clubbing. Were nightclubs ever your scene?
Matthew Macfadyen: No, I’m not a nightclub person really. In my 20s I was into pubs, and now I’ve never really liked nightclubs. That’s the nice thing about acting, because you can do the stuff you never really did in your life in a really cheesy way.
What do you think Tom sees in Shiv?
Matthew Macfadyen: He’s in love with Shiv. They make each other laugh and I think he genuinely loves her, but also it’d be a lie to say that he wasn’t attracted to the family and the money and their power. That’s part of it, too. I think he’s probably punching a little bit above his weight, actually, with Siobhan. But they seem to get along pretty well.
Speaking of punching above his weight, a few episodes ago, Tom learned about the abuse allegations in the Roy family’s amusement parks. How do you think he handled it?
Matthew Macfadyen: I think he really does find it problematic, a little bit. It’s always that fine line of how much he’s covering himself and how much he really cares if it all just went away. But his first instinct is to get the lawyers and go to the press and make a clean start. Come clean. And then Siobhan really quickly says, “Don’t do that,” and then he buries it.
How did you imagine Tom’s personal history? There’s a hint that his mom is a powerful attorney in Minneapolis.
Matthew Macfadyen: Yeah, his mom is also his lawyer and she’s a lawyer in the Twin Cities. You see mom and dad in the last two episodes actually, in the wedding, which is quite nice. You see Tom’s parents. [Laughs.] I don’t know when we decided he was from Minnesota, but it seemed to work.
Succession is a show about the super wealthy. What is your biggest extravagance?
Matthew Macfadyen: In my own life? Oh God. The house. The holidays. I’ve got three kids. My wife and I like hotels and going out and that kind of stuff.
So, no $2,000 gold-gilded vodka?
Matthew Macfadyen: No, exactly. It’s not gold-leaf vodka!
People point to Pride and Prejudice as being your breakout role, but what role was most important to you as an actor?
Matthew Macfadyen: I don’t know, to be honest. I’ve been really lucky. I’ve loved most of the roles I play, so there isn’t one in particular that I can think of. Some roles were a bit more high profile than others, but then, you learn just as much from doing a ten-month tour with a theater company. I’m just happy that I’m still working.
Do people still ask you about Pride and Prejudice?
Matthew Macfadyen: A little bit. Not so much.
Well, I told both my mom and my best friend that I was doing this interview and they both freaked out. It’s their favorite movie and they’re in love with you.
Matthew Macfadyen: Oh, really? Thanks very much. It was a nice job. It feels like a long time ago. Pride and Prejudice is just one of those wonderful stories that people love.