Matthew Goode

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Matthew Goode
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Goode at the Venice Film Festival, 9 November 2009
Born Matthew William Goode
(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 36)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Partner(s) Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children 1

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His notable films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2005), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), and Stoker (2013). In 2014, he began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as Finn Polmar.

Early life[edit]

Born in Exeter, Devon to a geologist and Jennifer, a nurse and an amateur theatre director, Goode is the youngest of five children with a brother, two half brothers, and a half sister, television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's previous marriage. He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter.[1][2]

Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon, followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.


Goode played Peter Lynley the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and had parts in the TV movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode co-starred opposite Mandy Moore in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, as the love interest of Moore's character.

Goode co-starred in Woody Allen's thriller Match Point, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite Piper Perabo, the TV movie My Family and Other Animals, opposite Imelda Staunton, the biographical-musical drama Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger, and Scott Frank's crime drama The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He had a whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right based upon Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.

In 2008, Goode starred in the drama film Brideshead Revisited as Charles Ryder. It was based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name. Jeremy Irons played Charles Ryder in the 1981 serial. In 2009, Goode co-starred opposite Malin Akerman in Zack Snyder's superhero film Watchmen as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, and co-starred opposite Colin Firth in the drama film A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name. In 2010, he co-starred opposite Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year.

In 2013, Goode starred in a leading role in the critically acclaimed, but short-lived BBC Two drama Dancing on the Edge, as magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. That same year, he co-starred opposite Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman in the psychological thriller film Stoker in the same year.

Also in 2013, Goode co-starred as George Wickham opposite Matthew Rhys in the three-part BBC murder mystery miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name, and a spin-off of the 1995 drama miniseries Pride and Prejudice to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.[3]

In 2014, Goode joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife in the middle of the fifth season to replace Josh Charles who played Will Gardner, as State's Attorney Finn Polmar. He made his first appearance in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" where Will was killed off.

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2007.[4] They have a daughter, Matilda Eve[5] (b. April 2009).[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Caspar Television film
2003 Al sur de Granada (South of Granada) Gerald Brenan
2004 Chasing Liberty Ben Calder
2005 Match Point Tom Hewett
2005 My Family and Other Animals Larry Durrell Television film
2006 Imagine Me & You Hector
2006 Copying Beethoven Martin Bauer
2007 Lookout, TheThe Lookout Gary Spargo
2008 Brideshead Revisited Charles Ryder
2009 Watchmen Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
2009 Single Man, AA Single Man Jim
2010 Leap Year Declan O'Callaghan
2010 Cemetery Junction Mike Ramsay
2011 Burning Man Tom
2013 Stoker Uncle Charlie
2013 Belle Captain Sir John Lindsay
2014 The Imitation Game Hugh Alexander
2015 Selfless Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bounty Hamster Various
2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Peter Lynley Episode: "A Suitable Vengeance"
2004 He Knew He Was Right Brooke Burgess 2 episodes
2005 Agatha Christie's Marple Patrick Simmons Episode: "A Murder Is Announced "
2012 Birdsong Captain Gray Lead role, 2 episodes
2012 The Poison Tree Rex Clarke Lead role, 2 episodes
2013 Dancing on the Edge Stanley Mitchell Lead role, 6 episodes
2013 Death Comes to Pemberley George Wickham Lead role, 3 episodes
2014-present The Good Wife Finn Polmar Series regular


Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout Movie Star - Male Chasing Liberty Nominated
Choice Movie Liar Nominated
2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Leading Role Burning Man Nominated
2013 Australian Film Institute Best Lead Actor Nominated
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Dancing on the Edge Nominated


  1. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (8 September 2011). "The Big Interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
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  4. ^ Alice Fisher (21 September 2008). "Brideshead revitalised". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Richard Ouzounian (8 September 2011). "The big interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Joan Wagner (6 January 2010). "Matthew Goode's leap year". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

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