Greg Wise

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Greg Wise
Greg Wise 2013.jpg
Wise at the London Film Festival premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, October 2013
Born Matthew Gregory Wise
(1966-05-15) 15 May 1966 (age 52)
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Alma mater Heriot-Watt University
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1992–present
Emma Thompson (m. 2003)
Children 2

Matthew Gregory Wise (born 15 May 1966) is an English actor and producer. He has appeared in many British television works, as well as several feature films (notably the role of John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility).

Early life[edit]

He was born to architect parents in Newcastle upon Tyne, and was educated at the independent St Peter's School, York. He went to Heriot-Watt University to study architecture and performed with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.[1] Wise then moved to Glasgow where he studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He then travelled in the Far East.


Greg Wise, 2009

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. Recently 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.[2][3] In 2011, he appeared in Hallmark Channel's Honeymoon for One, starring Nicollette Sheridan.[4]

He is also the producer of the 2010 BBC/Masterpiece production The Song of Lunch starring his wife, actress Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman.[5] Greg Wise made his theatrical return starring in Brad Fraser's Kill Me Now at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London from Thursday 19 February – Sunday 29 March 2015. In July 2015, Wise played the role of emotionally distanced father Gilbert Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[6]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to actor Dame Emma Thompson, star and writer of Sense and Sensibility, since 2003. The couple had a daughter, Gaia (born in 2000). In 2003, they informally adopted a Rwandan orphan and former child soldier named Tindyebwa Agaba. They met at a Refugee Council event when he was 16, and she invited him to spend Christmas at their home. Later Agaba became a British citizen in 2009.



Title Year Role Notes
Walking On Sunshine 2014 Doug
Three Days in Havana 2013 Harry Smith
Effie Gray 2013 John Ruskin
Morris: A Life with Bells On 2009 Miloslav Villandry
The Disappeared 2008 Jake Ryan
A Cock and Bull Story 2005 Greg
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2005 Minister Lee
Every Seven Years 2004 Boyfriend short
Five Moons Plaza 2003 Francesco Doni
Johnny English 2003 Agent One
Hills Like White Elephants 2002 The American short
The Discovery of Heaven 2001 Max Delius
Mad Cows 1999 Alex
Africa 1999 Josh Sinclair
Judas Kiss 1998 Ben Dyson
The Moonstone, a BBC TV film 1997 Franklin Blake
Sense and Sensibility 1995 John Willoughby
Feast of July 1995 Arch Wilson



  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ The Carte Noire Readers
  3. ^ Press Association
  4. ^ "Honeymoon for One". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  5. ^ "BBC Two - The Song of Lunch". 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  6. ^ a b "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". Retrieved 20 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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