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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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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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
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.
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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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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The film tries to simultaneously be a quiet personal story of guilt and grief and a muted cautionary thriller of government selfishness and compromise. But the mystery and intrigue only serve to distract from the central story and blunt its emotional impact. There is a way to convincingly and engagingly tell both sides of this story: by putting them in different movies with different styles and objectives.
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In "The Reckoning," a troupe of 14th century traveling actors abandon their standard Bible-story fare while visiting a small fiefdom in order to reenact the recent murder of a local boy, and discover in the process that the official version of events is a cover-up for something far more disconcerting.
Having an outsiders' perspective, the players can sense something amiss with the local Church-based justice, and one of their number -- himself a disgraced priest on the run played by Paul Bettany -- feels compelled to investigate. A mute, wild-woman healer (and thus a suspected witch) is scheduled to hang for the crime, but what he discovers leads the actors to risk their lives to expose the truth by presenting a play based on the facts.
Unfortunately, writer Mark Mills (who adapted Barry Unsworth's novel "Morality Play") and director Paul McGuigan utterly fail to address one fundamental problem with their story: What makes them think the people of this village would pay to see the still-fresh horror of a child's brutal murder fictionalized for them like some Middle-Ages Movie of the Week?
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17th October, 1974
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