Greg Wise

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Greg Wise
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Wise at the London Film Festival premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, October 2013
Matthew Gregory Wise

(1966-05-15) 15 May 1966 (age 56)
Alma materHeriot-Watt University
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1992–present
(m. 2003)

Matthew Gregory Wise (born 15 May 1966) is an English actor and producer. He has appeared in several British television programmes and feature films. He played the role of John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, which also starred Emma Thompson, whom he later married.

Early life and education[edit]

Wise was born on 15 May 1966 in Newcastle upon Tyne to architect parents Douglass Wise and Yvonne Jeannine Czeiler. He was educated at the independent St Peter's School, York. He went to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh to study architecture and performed at Bedlam Theatre. Wise studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.[citation needed]


Wise, 2009

His first professional job was on stage, starring in Good Rockin' Tonight, a musical based on TV producer Jack Good's life.[1][2]

His television work includes four BBC period dramas: The Moonstone with Keeley Hawes, The Buccaneers alongside Carla Gugino, Madame Bovary with Frances O'Connor, The Riff Raff Element in 1992 and 1993, and as Sir Charles Maulver in the 2007 five-part series Cranford. In 1999 he starred as Marshall in ITV's seven-part drama Wonderful You alongside his future mother-in-law Phyllida Law and future brother-in-law Richard Lumsden. He filmed a number of readings of love scenes from a selection of classic and modern love scenes, from Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles to Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss for The Carte Noire Readers.[3][4] In 2011, he appeared in Hallmark Channel's Honeymoon for One, starring Nicollette Sheridan.[5]

He is also the producer of the 2010 BBC/Masterpiece production The Song of Lunch starring his wife, actress Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman.[6]

In February 2015, Wise made his theatrical return starring in Brad Fraser's Kill Me Now at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London. In July 2015, he played the role of emotionally distanced father Gilbert Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[7] Wise portrayed Lord Louis Mountbatten in series 1 and 2 (2016/17) of Netflix's The Crown.

Wise won the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off in aid of Stand Up to Cancer in 2019.[8]

In 2021, Wise was a contestant on nineteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Karen Hauer and the couple were eliminated in the fourth week.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Wise has been in a relationship with actress Emma Thompson since 1995, when they met on the set of Sense and Sensibility.[10] Their daughter Gaia was conceived through IVF and was born in 1999.[11] They married in 2003, and that same year, they informally adopted Tindyebwa Agaba, a Rwandan orphan and former child soldier.[11]



Title Year Role Notes
Feast of July 1995 Arch Wilson
Sense and Sensibility 1995 John Willoughby
The Moonstone, a BBC TV film 1996 Franklin Blake
Judas Kiss 1998 Ben Dyson
Africa 1999 Josh Sinclair
Mad Cows 1999 Alex
The Discovery of Heaven 2001 Max Delius
Hills Like White Elephants 2002 The American short
Johnny English 2003 Agent One
Five Moons Plaza 2003 Francesco Doni
Every Seven Years 2004 Boyfriend short
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2005 Minister Lee
A Cock and Bull Story 2005 Greg
The Disappeared 2008 Jake Ryan
Morris: A Life with Bells On 2009 Miloslav Villandry
Effie Gray 2013 John Ruskin
3 Days in Havana 2013 Harry Smith
Walking on Sunshine 2014 Doug
A Private War 2018 Professor David Irens
Military Wives 2019 Richard


Title Year Role Notes
A Masculine Ending 1992 Jamie Baird TV film
Covington Cross 1992 Henry of Gault Episode: Pilot
Typhon's People 1993 Cato Macgill / Adam Prime TV film
The Riff Raff Element 1993 Alister TV series
Taggart 1994 Greg Martin Episode:Hellfire
Feast of July 1995 Arch Wilson
The Buccaneers 1995 Guy Thwaite TV mini-series
Tales from the Crypt 1996 Justin Amberson Episode: Fatal Caper
The Place of the Dead 1997 Corporal Hugh Brittan TV film
Hospital! 1997 Dr. Jim Nightingale
House of Frankenstein 1997 1997 Crispian Grimes TV film
Alice Through the Looking Glass 1998 Red Knight TV film
Wonderful You 1999 Marshall, chartered accountant TV mini-series
Madame Bovary 2000 Rodolphe TV film (episodes 2, 3)
Battersea to Bethlehem: A Christmas Story 2001 Narrator
Sirens 2002 Oliver Rice
Hornblower, Loyalty 2003 Major Côtard TV film
According to Bex 2005 Charles Mathers
Number 13 2006 Professor Anderson BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas
Trial & Retribution Sins of the Father 2006 John Harrogate TV film
Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes 2006 Peter Higgins TV film
Agatha Christie's Marple Towards Zero 2007 Nevile Strange TV film
Place of Execution 2008 Philip Hawkin TV film
Cranford 2009 Sir Charles Maulver
The Song of Lunch 2010 Producer TV film
Law & Order: UK 2011 Gavin Williams Episode 32: Crush
Honeymoon for One 2011 Sean TV film
Homefront 2012 Major Pete Bartham
Unknown Heart 2014 Duncan Lancaster
The Outcast 2015 Gilbert Aldridge
Galavant 2016 Arnold Galavant
The Crown 2016–2017 Louis, Earl Mountbatten of Burma Main role (Seasons 12)
Modus 2017 Warren Schifford
Strange Angel 2018 Alfred Miller TV series
Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Contestant Series 19


  1. ^ "Greg Wise". IMDb. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  2. ^ Felperin, Leslie (25 June 2014). "Greg Wise: the cad who came in from the cold". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  3. ^ The Carte Noire Readers
  4. ^ Press Association
  5. ^ "Honeymoon for One". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ "BBC Two – The Song of Lunch". 15 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  7. ^ "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". BBC. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Greg Wise Clinches Star Baker Title". Stand Up To Cancer. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Greg Wise is the 10th celebrity contestant confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing 2021". BBC Media Centre. 11 August 2021. Retrieved 11 August 2021.
  10. ^ Thorpe, Vanessa (28 March 2010). "Emma Thompson tells of her battle with 'voices in my head'". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  11. ^ a b Moorhead, Joanna (20 March 2010). "Emma Thompson: 'Family is about connection'". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 February 2021.

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