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

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.

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'.

Matthew MacFadyen 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'.

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Amazon Renews 'Ripper Street' For Two More Seasons


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Ripper Street, the crime series set in Victorian London, has been renewed for two more seasons. The series' third season was made available on Amazon Instant Video last November and the streaming service has commissioned a fourth and fifth season of the show.

Ripper Street(L-R) Jerome Flynn, Matthew MacFadyen and Adam Rothenberg star in Ripper Street.

Read More:  On Set With Ripper Street Series 3 [Pictures].

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Keeley Hawes and Matthew MacFadyen - Shooting Star Chase Ball at Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, Dorchester Hotel - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th October 2014

Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen
Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen
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Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes and Matthew MacFadyen - Shooting Star Chase Ball at The Dorchester - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 4th October 2014

Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen
Keeley Hawes
Keeley Hawes

Fans Rejoice As Popular 'Ripper Street' Is Saved By Amazon Prime


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Fans of the short-lived BBC drama 'Ripper Street' - starring Matthew MacFayden - woke to some good news on Wednesday (March 26, 2014) after it was announced that the axed series will return for a third outing courtesy of Amazon's Prime Instant Video.

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The deal between Amazon and Ripper Street producer Tiger Aspect marks a potentially important moment for the UK TV industry. According to the Guardian, it's the first time that a video-on-demand operator has stepped in to find a drama series after it was dropped by a major broadcaster.

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'Ripper Street' Murdered By Reality TV Juggernauts With Monster Ratings


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Ripper Street has been cancelled due to poor ratings, leaving fans of the show devastated. The period crime thriller won’t move past the second season, which airs in the next two weeks. Jerome Flynn, who plays Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake, revealed the news to BBC London 94.9 last night (Wednesday, Dec 4th).

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"We found out this week that the third series of Ripper Street isn't going. We're all in shock,” he explained. "It was up against I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! and that's been cited as one of the reasons in terms of viewing figures.” The decision comes just weeks after ITV announced the end of Whitechapel, about a modern crime unit investigating murders in east London.

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Matthew MacFadyen - Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' stage photocall at the Duke of York's Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 5th November 2013

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Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen
Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen
Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen
Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen
Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew MacFadyen - Press Night for 'Barking in Essex' at Wyndhams Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 16th September 2013

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Matthew Macfadyen

Adam Rothenberg, Matthew McFadyen and Jerome Flynn - BBC's Ripper Street Films in Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Tuesday 21st May 2013

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Jerome Flynn, Matthew Mcfadyen and Adam Rothenberg
Jerome Flynn, Matthew Mcfadyen and Adam Rothenberg
Matthew Mcfadyen, Jerome Flynn and Adam Rothenberg
Jerome Flynn, Matthew Mcfadyen and Adam Rothenberg
Jerome Flynn, Matthew Mcfadyen and Adam Rothenberg

Ripper Street Offers Brand New Challenges For Matthew Macfadyen


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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 Matthew MacFadyen discussed the experience of working on the show and getting under the skin of his character and choosing to do a long-term project like the series. For New York Daily News Macfadyen explained that as an actor, he often feels the stress of not being offered work, and then at some point the scripts simply start to pour: “[W]hen the phone doesn’t ring for three weeks, you start thinking, ‘My God, I’ll never work again.’” For him, a long-term contract for a series offered some security in a profession, where stability is inherently lacking.

In the same interview, Macfayden explained that it was a pleasure to have the time to get under his character’s skin, but that, at the same time, the actor explained that it isn’t a problem for him, when he can’t completely understand a character’s motivation. “Some of the best writing now is being done for television,” he says. “Because TV has the luxury of giving you the time to get to know the characters.” Ripper Street airs at 9PM EST Saturdays on BBC America.

Christmas Television Recap - Watch The Best British Programmes And Films Again!


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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 throughout the holiday season making the couch our favourite place in the world in the run up to Christmas and New Year. Here are our highlights still available to watch on BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Channel 5 online. 

Doctor Who Xmas Special

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

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Anna Karenina Review


Excellent

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 all of the action in a theatre that expands and shifts into a variety of settings.
Yes, it's rather strange, but it's also drop-dead gorgeous.

Knightley reteams with Pride & Prejudice and Atonement director Wright to deliver another solid performance as Anna, an aristocrat in 1870s St Petersburg who is married to the achingly nice establishment gent Alexei (Law) but falls under the spell of the bland but sexy young heartbreaker Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). And when she gets pregnant, she has to make a very difficult decision. The central theme is that these people are characters in a play dictated to them by their restrictive Russian society, so they have little choice but head toward tragedy.

Fortunately, there's a parallel plot about a wealthy farmer (Gleeson) who rejects so-called civilised society to stay in touch with the earth. He pursues the smart, young Kitty (Vikander), also entranced with Vronsky but beginning to become disgusted with so-called civilised culture. The film includes a rather huge number of characters, including Anna's womanising brother (Macfadyen) and his longsuffering wife (a particularly excellent Macdonald). And Wright and Stoppard effortlessly let everyone swirl around each other in a huge pool of emotion.

Although this pool often feels frozen over, as the feelings are pretty icy. So it's good to have open-hearted performances by Macdonald and Gleeson to hold our interest. Knightley is excellent, although we never understand why Anna does anything she does (which is the whole point). But perhaps the most impressive thing about this film is its astoundingly beautiful design: the sets, costumes, photography and music are sumptuous and lush, never fussy but always adding to the intensity of each scene. Look for it to deservedly hoover up Oscar nominations across the board.

Rich Cline

Anna Karenina Trailer


Anna Karenina is the young wife of senior statesman Alexei Karenin. Theirs was more of a marriage of convenience rather than love and soon Anna's eyes begin to wander elsewhere as her desire for romance becomes ever more intense. She meets Count Vronsky, a handsome cavalry officer with whom she enters into a passionate adulterous affair. When people find out about their involvement, Anna's honour is crushed in the eyes of the Russian noble men and women and she is forced to make a choice; to leave her loveless marriage and family and lose all honour and dignity, or end her affair with her possessive lover and be potentially forgiven.

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The Three Musketeers Trailer


D'Artagnan has always dreamt of becoming a Musketeer but being too young he's never been able to leave his home town of Gascony and make the trip to Paris. Now a little older and less naive he travels to Paris where, through a rather unusual scenario, befriends three seasoned and well respected Musketeers named Athos, Porthos, and Aramis.

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Robin Hood Review


Excellent
Ridley Scott and his usual Oscar-winning crewmates turn the familiar old English legend into a robust, thumping epic. The pacing is a bit uneven, but it keeps us thoroughly engaged.

Robin Longstride (Crowe) fought alongside King Richard (Danny Huston) in the crusades but returned to England under shady circumstances with two of his archer buddies (Grimes and Doyle) and a beefy fighter (Durand). Heading to Nottingham to honour an oath, he meets Sir Walter (von Sydow) and his feisty daughter-in-law Marian (Blanchett), who are being squeezed out of their land by the Sheriff (Macfadyen). But there are bigger problems, as Godfrey (Strong) marauds through the country with an army of French goons, plotting to steal the country from the vain new King John (Isaac).

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Frost/Nixon Trailer


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Matthew MacFadyen

Date of birth

17th October, 1974

Occupation

Actor

Sex

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Height

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Anna Karenina Trailer

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Using the basic plot from the Alexandre Dumas novel, this film diverges wildly by adding...

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The Three Musketeers Trailer

D'Artagnan has always dreamt of becoming a Musketeer but being too young he's never been...

Robin Hood Movie Review

Robin Hood Movie Review

Ridley Scott and his usual Oscar-winning crewmates turn the familiar old English legend into a...

Robin Hood Trailer

Robin Hood Trailer

Watch the trailer for Robin Hood.When King Richard died in battle it left England a...

Frost/Nixon Trailer

Frost/Nixon Trailer

Watch the trailer for Frost/Nixon It's hard to believe when UK journalist David Frost originally...

Pride & Prejudice (2005) Movie Review

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English students of the world rejoice - another reason not to read Jane Austen. Joe...

The Reckoning Movie Review

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In "The Reckoning," a troupe of 14th century traveling actors abandon their standard Bible-story fare...

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