Matt Barber (actor)

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Matt Barber
Born Matthew Barber
(1983-03-26) 26 March 1983 (age 35)
Hammersmith, London, England
Education Bradfield College
(independent boarding school)
Durham University
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007-present

Matt Barber (born 26 March 1983) is an English film, television and theatre actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Hammersmith, London, he grew up in Hampshire, training classically as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral before receiving academic and music scholarships to Bradfield College, where he was head boy.

Barber studied Classics and Philosophy at Durham University [1]

He trained professionally as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School[2] graduating in 2007.


He is best known for his role as Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey. Previous roles include Freddie Eynsford-Hill in Peter Hall's Pygmalion opposite Michelle Dockery at the Old Vic and internationally and Lysander in Jonathan Kent's The Fairy-Queen at Glyndebourne.

Film and TV[edit]

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2015 Downton Abbey Atticus Aldridge ITV / PBS The Finale, Carnival Film and Television
2014 Downton Abbey Atticus Aldridge ITV / PBS A Moorland Holiday, Carnival Film and Television
2014 Downton Abbey Atticus Aldridge ITV / PBS Season 5, Carnival Film and Television
2014 Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey Tom Feature Film Raindance/ Mullholland films
2013 Dracula (TV series) Campbell NBC / Sky Living Season 1, Eps. 1 & 2 - Carnival Film and Television
2013 Plastic (film) Dave Feature Film Gateway Films
2012 The Other Wife Ben ZDF Gate Television
2011 Bert and Dickie Merv Wood Feature Film BBC One
2009 Being Human Young Kemp BBC Three Season 2, Ep. 6
The Alchemistic Suitcase Youth Short Film
2008 Vivaldi, The Red Priest[3] Francois Feature Film Condor Pictures
2007 The Heart of Thomas Hardy[4] Alec D'Urberville BBC One


"Barber is an excellent Edward – naive, excitable, and ultimately pitiable... mesmerising"[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "St Cuthbert's Association". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. "Home - Bristol Old Vic Theatre School". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 March 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "BBC One - The Heart of Thomas Hardy". BBC. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Portraits - 2011 Productions - Finborough Theatre". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "London UK - more on - Listings and showtimes for over 80 Off West End theatres in London UK". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Edward II at the Rose Theatre, Bankside". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bristol Old Vic". Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2008. 

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