Niall Matter

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Niall Matter
Born (1980-10-20) October 20, 1980 (age 34)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Niall Matter (pronounced May-ter), born October 20, 1980, is a Canadian actor, known for his roles as Zane Donovan in the Syfy original series Eureka and Evan Cross in the Space series Primeval: New World.


Born in Edmonton, Alberta, of Irish and Russian descent,[1] Matter worked for eight years (from the ages of 17 to 25) on the oil rigs in Northern Alberta. At the age of 25, Matter had a bad accident on the rig that left him hospitalized and almost led to the amputation of his right leg. He went through six months of rehabilitation to learn to walk again, and then returned to his home in Vancouver. After lying his way into a bartending job (which ultimately lasted for only a month),[2] Matter landed his first lead role in the Syfy original film Beyond Loch Ness. While filming Loch Ness he sent an audition to the producers of The Best Years and ended up being hired for the role of Trent Hamilton.[3]

This role would propel Matter into guest star slots on the television series: Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, Warehouse 13 and NBC's Fear Itself. It was for his role on Eureka, during its second season, that he garnered some attention and the producers decided to hire him as a series regular, a role he played until the final season.

After testing for the comedy film My Best Friends Girl, Matter appeared as a recurring guest star on the CW shows Melrose Place and 90210.[4]

From 2012 to 2013, Matter portrayed the lead character of Evan Cross in Space's science fiction series Primeval: New World, a spin-off of the British series Primeval.

In 2014 he landed the role of Lieutenant Graden Hales in the TNT commissioned pilot of Marcia Clark's 'Guilt by Association' alongside Julia Stiles, which TNT ultimately declined to pick up.[5]

He has since had guest roles in various American and Canadian shows, including Motive, Arctic Air, Constantine, Remedy and Rizzoli and Isles. In November 2014 he was announced as one the Whistler Film Festivals Rising Stars, a program designed to promote the next generation of Western Canadian actors poised for international careers.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Beyond Loch Ness Josh Riley Television film
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Cole Fletcher Direct-to-video
2008 Secrets of the Summer House Peter Hughes Television film
2009 Watchmen Byron Lewis/Mothman
2010 Dawna Pimp Short film
2011 Exley George Wilson
2014 Honor Student Nicholas Howarth Television film
2014 Ally Was Screaming Andrew
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Best Years, TheThe Best Years Trent Hamilton Main cast (season 1); 13 episodes
2007–2012 Eureka Zane Donovan Recurring (season 2); main cast (seasons 3–5); 49 episodes
2007–2008 Stargate Atlantis Lt. Kemp 2 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Eddie Episode: "New Year's Day"
2009 Warehouse 13 Gary Whitman Episode: "Duped"
2009–2010 Melrose Place Rick Paxton 3 episodes
2011–2012 90210 Greg 5 episodes
2012–2013 Primeval: New World Evan Cross Main cast; 13 episodes
2014 Arctic Air Tag Cummins 7 episodes
2014 Motive Damian Cutter Episode: "Overboard"
2014 Constantine Darrell Episode: "The Rage of Caliban"
2015 Remedy Dr. Peter Cutler Recurring (season 2)


  2. ^ "". Redeye Chicago. October 7, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "TV star Niall Matter talks about Eureka! (Interview, 2 of 2)". YouTube. July 12, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "90210 Casting Scoop: Hot for Teacher?". E! Online. October 10, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  5. ^ "dramas-from-ed-burns-steven-spielberg-and-kyra-sedgwick-get-tnt-series-orders". Deadline. May 7, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "". Whistler Film Festival. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 

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