Matthew Goode

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Matthew Goode
Matthew Goode 2014.jpg
Goode at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, September 2014
Born Matthew William Goode
(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 37)
Exeter, Devon, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Partner(s) Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children 2
Relatives Sally Meen (half-sister)

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His 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), Stoker (2013), and The Imitation Game (2014). In 2014, he joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as Finley "Finn" Polmar.

Early life[edit]

Goode was born in Exeter, Devon. His father is a geologist and his mother, Jennifer, is a nurse and 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.

Career[edit]

Goode played Peter Lynley, the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and co-starred in the TV movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name, and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode made his American film debut 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 and Scarlett Johansson, Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, 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. 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 played the lead 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.

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 March 2014, Goode joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife during the fifth season replacing Josh Charles, who played Will Gardner[4][5] as Finley "Finn" Polmar, a State prosecutor. He made his debut in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" in which Will was killed off.[6][7][8] That same year, he co-starred in the historical thriller The Imitation Game as Hugh Alexander, a British Second World War cryptanalyst and chess champion.[9]

In 2014, Goode co-starred in the ITV drama Downton Abbey's Christmas special titled "A Moorland Holiday" as Henry Talbot.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2007.[11] They have two daughters, Matilda Eve[1] (b. March 2009) and Teddie Eleanor Rose Goode (b. September 2013) [12]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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 Pressure Mitchell
2015 Self/less Albright Post-production
Television
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 Finley "Finn" Polmar Series regular
2014 Downton Abbey Henry Talbot Episode: "A Moorland Holiday" (2014 Christmas Special)

Awards[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ouzounian, Richard (8 September 2011). "The Big Interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Exeter-pupil-s-Hollywood-hope/story-11845967-detail/story.html
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/death-comes-to-pemberley.html
  4. ^ Bierly, Mandi (27 March 2014). "'The Good Wife': Julianna Margulies explains how she negotiated Josh Charles' season 5 contract". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Gelman, Vlada (28 March 2014). "TVLine Items: Good Wife Ups Goode, Neighbors Star Books Pilot, Clinton Visits Kimmel and More". TVLine. 
  6. ^ Abrams, Natalie (3 December 2013). "Matthew Goode Heads to The Good Wife". TV Guide. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (3 December 2013). "The Good Wife Exclusive: Matthew Goode to 'Befriend' Alicia in Big Recurring Role". TVLine. 
  8. ^ Thomas, Kaitlin (29 March 2014). "News Briefs: The Good Wife Promotes Matthew Goode to Series Regular". TVLine. 
  9. ^ Fallon, Kevin (November 24, 2014). "From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/reviews/downton-abbey-christmas-special-2014-tv-review-love-is-everywhere-actually-9944878.html
  11. ^ Alice Fisher (21 September 2008). "Brideshead revitalised". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Joan Wagner (6 January 2010). "Matthew Goode's leap year". Oprah.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

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