Matthew Walker (Australian actor)

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Matthew Walker is an New Zealand-born Australian character actor and performer.

Background[edit]

Walker was born on 11 May 1982 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Towards the end of high school, Walker was cast in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Dark Night. After school, he completed a business and arts degree at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in marketing, and theatre and film.

In 2001 he travelled to Melbourne after backpacking around Asia where he auditioned for, and was accepted into, the National Institute of Dramatic Art NIDA, Australia's leading drama school.

Professional Debut[edit]

He graduated in 2004, and was immediately cast as the over-achieving rich kid Heath Forbes in Seven Network's drama HeadLand.

Television Roles[edit]

Matthew was recently cast in the Chinese war epic The Children of Huang Shi appearing alongside Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

He has also appeared in "The Cut" for the ABC playing twins, and "Legend of the Seeker" for Disney.

Stage[edit]

He has also appeared on-stage at the Sydney Opera House with the Bell Shakespeare Company, and with Griffin Theatre Company in the world premiere of Colder. In February 2009, he played Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Home and Away[edit]

He is most recently playing the part of Justin Jefferies, the elder brother of Aden Jefferies in the channel 7 soap Home and away

Personal life[edit]

Matthew's mother and stepfather ran a theatre company Theatrevue in New Zealand when he was a child.

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