Matt Day

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Matt Day
Born Matthew Day
(1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 43)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kirsty Thomason
Children 1

Matthew "Matt" Day (born 28 September 1971) is an Australian actor.

Early life[edit]

Day was born in Melbourne, Victoria.[1] When he was 11 years old, he went to live in the United States with his father, who was a newspaper correspondent, and it was there that he became interested in acting.[2] On his return to Australia, he attended Princes Hill Secondary College and joined St Martins Youth Arts Centre in South Yarra.[2]


Day was spotted by an agent[2] at the age of 17, and left his home in Carlton to go to Sydney for the role in the television series A Country Practice that was to be his big break.[3]

He joined the cast of A Country Practice in 1989, as Luke Ross, a role he played until 1991. Further TV roles included Water Rats, Farscape, and Spooks.

He also appeared in the hit film Muriel's Wedding. Other film roles include Love and Other Catastrophes, Doing Time for Patsy Cline, Kiss or Kill (for which he was nominated for an AFI award) and My Brother Jack (mini series).

During his time in Britain from 2000 to 2007, Day played many television roles including BBC's 2002 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles, in which he played Sir Henry Baskerville, The Love of Lionel's Life and a guest role in Spooks. He has said that his favourite role of this period was the photographer Frank Hurley in the 2002 Channel 4 television film Shackleton, in which Kenneth Branagh played the title role.

His most recent film he appeared in was in 2009, in My Year Without Sex, directed by Sarah Watt.

In 2009 and 2010, Day was in Tangle. Also in 2010, he was in Underbelly: The Golden Mile and in Rake, again acting with Richard Roxburgh, who he had appeared with in The Hound of the Baskervilles.

In 2011, he was in ABC1's TV film Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo.

Personal life[edit]

Day's parents divorced when he was young. When he was 7 and his brother Chris was 5, his mother, an English teacher, took them around Europe for six months.[2] He said later that "the whole experience went definitely some way to influencing my wanderlust".[2]

Day moved with his wife, journalist Kirsty Thomason, to Britain in 2000, not returning to Australia until 2007. The couple and their son now live in Sydney.


Feature films[edit]



  • The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, 2009.
  • Scarlett O'Hara At the Crimson Parrot, Arts Centre Playhouse, Melbourne, 2008.
  • Fred, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, 1999.
  • Six Degrees of Separation, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney, 1998.
  • Man of the Moment, Esemble Productions Theatre, Sydney


  1. ^ Matt Day @
  2. ^ a b c d e Rand, Hannah (3 May 2009) "Passions in practice", Sunday Magazine, p. 28
  3. ^ Rand, Hannah (3 May 2009) "Passions in practice", Sunday Magazine, p. 27

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