Matthew Goode

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Matthew Goode
Matthew Goode.jpg
Born Matthew William Goode
(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 40)[1]
Exeter, Devon, England, U.K.[1]
Education Exeter School
Alma mater
Occupation Actor
Years active 2002–present
Sophie Dymoke (m. 2014)
Children 3
Relatives Sally Meen (maternal half-sister)

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. He made his screen debut in 2002 with ABC's TV film feature Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. His breakthrough role was in romantic comedy Chasing Liberty (2004), for which he received a nomination at Teen Choice Awards. He then appeared in supporting roles in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005), the German-British romantic comedy Imagine Me and You (2006), the period drama Copying Beethoven (2006). He gained praise for his performance as Charles Ryder in Julian Jarrold's adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited (2008) and as Ozymandias in the American neo-noir-superhero film Watchmen (2009), based on DC Comics' limited series of the same name. He then starred in romantic comedy Leap Year (2010) and Australian drama Burning Man (2011), the latter earning him a nomination for Best Actor at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.

Other notable film roles include The Lookout (2007), A Single Man (2009), Cemetery Junction (2010), Stoker (2013), Belle (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and Self/less (2015). As well as appearing in films, Goode has appeared in numerous television shows. His most notable television roles include Henry Talbot in the final season of historical period drama Downton Abbey and Finley "Finn" Polmar in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. He also had a lead role in the critically acclaimed British mini-serial Dancing on the Edge, as music journalist Stanley Mitchell, for which he earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Television Film at the Satellite Awards. In 2017, Goode portrayed Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon in the Netflix biographical drama series The Crown.[2] He will portray the vampire Matthew Clairmont in the upcoming television series A Discovery of Witches.

Early life[edit]

Goode was born in Exeter, Devon. His father, Anthony, was a geologist and his mother, Jennifer, is a nurse and amateur theatre director. Goode is the youngest of five children with a brother, two half-brothers, and a half-sister, television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's previous marriage. He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter.[3] Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon,[4] followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.


Goode played Peter Lynley, the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and co-starred in the TV film Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode made his American film debut opposite Mandy Moore in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty.

Goode co-starred in Woody Allen's thriller Match Point, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson, Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, the TV film My Family and Other Animals, opposite Imelda Staunton, the biographical-musical drama Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger and Scott Frank's crime drama The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He had a whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right based upon Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.

In 2008, Goode starred in the drama film Brideshead Revisited as Charles Ryder, based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name.[5] In 2009, Goode co-starred opposite Malin Akerman in Zack Snyder's superhero film Watchmen as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, and co-starred opposite Colin Firth in the drama film A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name. In 2010, he co-starred opposite Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year.

Goode with Stoker cast and crew at Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013, Goode played the lead in the BBC Two drama Dancing on the Edge, as magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. That same year, he co-starred opposite Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman in the psychological thriller film Stoker.

Also in 2013, Goode co-starred as George Wickham opposite Matthew Rhys in the three-part BBC murder mystery miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name, and a spin-off of the 1995 drama miniseries Pride and Prejudice to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.[6]

In March 2014, Goode joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife during the fifth season replacing Josh Charles, who played Will Gardner,[7][8] as Finley "Finn" Polmar, a state prosecutor. He made his debut in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" in which Will was killed off.[9][10][11] That same year, he appeared in the historical thriller The Imitation Game as Hugh Alexander, a British Second World War cryptanalyst and chess champion.[12]

In 2014, Goode co-starred in the ITV drama Downton Abbey's Season 5 Christmas special titled "A Moorland Holiday" as Henry Talbot.[13] He returned to Downton Abbey in October 2015 beginning in the fourth episode of the sixth season. Goode was also scheduled for a brief appearance in the Downton Abbey (film) which began production in late August 2018. Presumably his role will be minor due to other commitments, according to Radio Times: Official Secrets (film), Four Kids and It as well as A Discovery of Witches (TV series).[14]

In May 2015, Goode left The Good Wife after the sixth-season finale.[15] After appearing in multiple films in the mid-2010s, he appeared in 2016's Allied.

He began working on WGN's production of Roadside Picnic series based on the Strugatsky novel in autumn 2016, but the pilot was cancelled.[16]

In 2017, Goode began production on a television adaptation of Deborah Harkness's bestselling All Souls trilogy for [One] in the United Kingdom. The show, [Discovery of Witches], takes its title from the series' first book. He plays the lead role of Professor Matthew Clairmont, a molecular biologist at Oxford, and a vampire. The show was first broadcast in the UK on September 14, 2018. [17]

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2005, and they married in 2014.[18][19][20] They have two daughters, Matilda Eve Goode[3] (b. March 2009) and Teddie Eleanor Rose Goode (b. September 2013), and a son, Ralph Goode (b. August 2015).



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Al sur de Granada (South of Granada) Gerald Brenan
2004 Chasing Liberty Ben Calder
2005 Match Point Tom Hewett
2006 Imagine Me & You Hector
2006 Copying Beethoven Martin Bauer
2007 The Lookout Gary Spargo
2008 Brideshead Revisited Charles Ryder
2009 Watchmen Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
2009 A Single Man Jim
2010 Leap Year Declan O'Callaghan
2010 Cemetery Junction Mike Ramsay
2011 Burning Man Tom
2013 Stoker Uncle Charlie
2013 Belle Captain Sir John Lindsay
2014 The Imitation Game Hugh Alexander
2015 Pressure Mitchell
2015 Self/less Albright
2016 Allied Guy Sangster
2017 Four Kids and It David
2017 The Sense of an Ending Joe Hunt
2017 The Hatton Garden Job XXX
2018 Birthmarked Ben Morin
2018 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Sidney Stark
2018 Magik Talon Post-production
TBA Official Secrets Peter Beaumont In production
2019 Four Kids and It In production
2019 Downton Abbey Henry Talbot In production


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Caspar Television film
2003 Bounty Hamster Various
2003 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Peter Lynley Episode: "A Suitable Vengeance"
2004 He Knew He Was Right Brooke Burgess 2 episodes
2005 Agatha Christie's Marple Patrick Simmons Episode: "A Murder Is Announced "
2005 My Family and Other Animals Larry Durrell Television film
2012 Birdsong Captain Gray Lead role, 2 episodes
2012 The Poison Tree Rex Clarke Lead role, 2 episodes
2013 Dancing on the Edge Stanley Mitchell Lead role, 6 episodes
2013 Death Comes to Pemberley George Wickham Lead role, 3 episodes
2014–2015 The Good Wife Finley "Finn" Polmar Series regular, 28 episodes
2014–2015 Downton Abbey Henry Talbot 1 episode, guest: series 5; 6 episodes: series 6
2016 The Wine Show Himself Co-host with Matthew Rhys
2016 Roots Dr. William Waller Lead role, 2 episodes
2017 The Crown Antony Armstrong-Jones Season 2
2018 A Discovery of Witches Matthew Clairmont Lead role
2018 Ordeal by Innocence Philip Durrant Lead role[21]


Year Award Category Work Result
2004 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Male Breakout Star Chasing Liberty Nominated
Choice Movie Liar Nominated
2012 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Leading Role Burning Man Nominated
2013 Australian Film Institute Best Lead Actor Nominated
2014 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Stoker Won
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Dancing on the Edge Nominated
2015 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Imitation Game Nominated
2018 Emmy Award Guest Actor - Drama Series The Crown Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Matthew Goode". TV Guide. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ "'The Crown' Producers Cast 'Downton Abbey' Star Matthew Goode As Lord Snowdon For Series 2". Huffington Post. 24 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b Ouzounian, Richard (8 September 2011). "The Big Interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Mystery man who's making all the right moves". 22 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Brideshead revitalised". The Guardian. 21 September 2008.
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  7. ^ Bierly, Mandi (27 March 2014). "'The Good Wife': Julianna Margulies explains how she negotiated Josh Charles' season 5 contract". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ Gelman, Vlada (28 March 2014). "TVLine Items: Good Wife Ups Goode, Neighbours Star Books Pilot, Clinton Visits Kimmel and More". TVLine.
  9. ^ Abrams, Natalie (3 December 2013). "Matthew Goode Heads to The Good Wife". TV Guide.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (3 December 2013). "The Good Wife Exclusive: Matthew Goode to 'Befriend' Alicia in Big Recurring Role". TVLine.
  11. ^ Thomas, Kaitlin (29 March 2014). "News Briefs: The Good Wife Promotes Matthew Goode to Series Regular". TVLine.
  12. ^ Fallon, Kevin (24 November 2014). "From 'The Good Wife' to 'The Imitation Game': Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 24 November 2014.
  13. ^ Battersby, Matilda (25 December 2014). "Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually". The Independent.
  14. ^ Matthew Goode confirmed for Downton Abbey movie – but he says he will only be “popping in at the end”
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  16. ^ "Matthew Goode's Roadside Picnic Pilot Won't Move Forward at WGN America". 25 January 2017.
  17. ^ . The Guardian. 15 September 2018 Retrieved 4 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  18. ^ "'Goode Times'".
  19. ^ "Photos of Matthew and Sophie together at Match Point Premiere in Dec' 2005".
  20. ^ "'Downton Abbey's' Allen Leech and Matthew Goode Have Fun on 'The Imitation Game'".
  21. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times (72497). Saturday Review. pp. 4&ndash, 5. ISSN 0140-0460.

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