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.
'Ripper Street' has been renewed for two more seasons.
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.
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A canny move from Amazon; they'll win some British fans for this
When BBC One cancelled their period drama, 'Ripper Street,' audiences were dismayed; petitions were even signed. It was an unpopular decision; one the corporation made because of low ratings. But a third season is now on the way, and it comes as Amazon launches a new streaming package in the UK.
Ripper Street was mourned when it was cancelled, but it lives again thanks to Amazon's big bucks
The BBC’s decision to pull the plug on Ripper Street wasn’t a popular choice. "The second series didn't bring the audience we hoped and in order to make room for creative renewal and new ideas it won't be returning," a spokesman told the website Digital Spy at the time.
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Despite being dropped by the BBC, 'Ripper Street' is being revived at Amazon.
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.
Matthew MacFayden Filming 'Ripper Street'
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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The reality show is king while dramas like Ripper Street can't drag in the audiences.
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).
Ripper Street is no more...
"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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TV renew season can be either the best or most disappointing points of the year. With the news, as reported by the LA Times, that Shameless, Californication, Ripper Street, House of Lies and Banshee are all set to return, fans will be pleased.
Shameless is a British export rehashed for American television, which seems to have (for once) translated really well. That's on Showtime along with both Californication and House of Lies which implies that Showtime are pretty pleased with their ratings over the last couple of months. Cinemax's Banshee, from a producer of True Blood, is also set to return.
Arguably most exciting of all, is the definite return of the BBC and BBC America collaboration, Ripper Street. Set in 1889, and starring Matthew MacFadyen (Frost/Nixon), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) and newcomer Adam Rothenberg, the series follows a detective named Edmund with his team of Detective Sergeant and early-style forensic doctor from the American army, trying to solve mysteries (often murders) using comparatively primitive detective techniques while simultaneously exposing the growing technology of the era including film itself. It has had largely favourable reviews and its renewal, though a pleasure, is not a surprise. The second season, of another 8 episodes, will debut in 2014.
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.
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: The Snowmen
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.
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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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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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