Matthew Macfadyen


Matthew MacFadyen (born David Matthew Macfadyen, 17.10.1974)
Matthew MacFadyen is a BAFTA winning English actor.

Matthew MacFadyen: Childhood
Matthew MacFadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. His parents are former actress Meinir and oil executive Martin Macfadyen.
He spent some of his childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia and attended various schools.
He attended Oakham School in Rutland before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art when he was 17.

Matthew MacFadyen: Acting career
Matthew MacFadyen's early theatre work was with a company called Cheek by Jowl with who he appeared in 'The Duchess of Malfi', 'The School for Scandal' and 'Much Ado About Nothing'. With the Royal National Theatre he appeared in 'Henry IV' and 'The Pain and the Itch'.
His TV acting beginnings included a part in the ITV adaption of 'Wuthering Heights' in 1998. He has since appeared in 'Warriors' in 1999, BBC's 'The Way We Live Now' in 2001, BBC Two's 'Perfect Strangers', 'The Project' in 2002 and 'Spooks'.
In 2007 he was in Channel 4 drama 'Secret Life' for which he won the 'Best Actor' award at the Royal Television Society Awards for this part.
Among his film appearances are 2001's 'Enigma', 'My Father's Den' and his role as Mr Darcy in 2005's 'Pride and Prejudice'. He has also appeared in Frank Oz's 'Death at a Funeral', 'Incendiary' and 'Frost/Nixon'.
In 2008, he had the leading role in the BBC serial of Charles Dickens' 'Little Dorrit'. He also starred with Helena Bonham Carter in TV movie 'Enid', a biopic of writer Enid Blyton.
In 2010, he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in 'Robin Hood' and also appeared in 'The Pillars of the Earth'. In the same year he won a British Academy Television Award for 'Criminal Justice'.
In 2011, he appeared in the Oscar winning book-to-film flick 'Anna Karenina' and in 2012 he appeared in the Jack the Ripper BBC One series 'Ripper Street'.

Matthew MacFadyen: Personal life
Matthew MacFadyen married his 'Spooks' co-star Keeley Hawes in 2004 and they have two children called Maggie and Ralph. He also has one stepson called Myles.
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20th January 2013 -


BBC America’s Ripper Street – a period series about a cop, tasked with solving crimes in 19th century London, post Jack the Ripper – premiered last night on BBC America.Marking the occasion, Ripper Street star...

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2012 was another brilliant year when it came to Christmas on the box. As well as some seminal family movies, both old and new, December's festive comedy, sci-fi and drama TV brought us much cheer...

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7th September 2012 -

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Tolstoy's iconic novel may have been filmed several times, but you've never seen a version like this. Clever writer Tom Stoppard and visually whizzy director Joe Wright combine talents with this ambitious film, which sets...

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25th June 2012 -


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29th March 2011 -


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23rd December 2009 -


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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

5th April 2007 -

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