Matthew Goode

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Matthew Goode
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Matthew William Goode

(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 43)[1]
Exeter, Devon, England[1]
EducationExeter School
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
Years active2002–present
Sophie Dymoke
(m. 2014)
RelativesSally 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 the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty (2004), for which he received a nomination at Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Movie Star – Male. He then appeared in a string of supporting roles in films like Woody Allen's Match Point (2005), the German-British romantic comedy Imagine Me and You (2006), and the period drama Copying Beethoven (2006). He won 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 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. In 2017, Goode portrayed Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon in the Netflix biographical drama series The Crown, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.[2] As of 2018, he stars in Sky One's fantasy-romance series, A Discovery of Witches, as Professor Matthew Clairmont.

Early life[edit]

Goode was born on 3 April 1978 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 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, a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.[6] In 2014, he appeared in the historical thriller The Imitation Game as Hugh Alexander, a British Second World War cryptanalyst and chess champion.[7]

In March 2014, Goode joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as Finley "Finn" Polmar, a state prosecutor.[8][9] Replacing Will Gardner during the fifth season, he made his debut in the 15th episode, "Dramatics, Your Honor", in which Josh Charles's character was killed off.[10][11][12] In May 2015, Goode left The Good Wife after the sixth season's finale.[13]

In 2014, Goode co-starred in the ITV drama Downton Abbey during the Season 5 Christmas special "A Moorland Holiday" as Henry Talbot.[14] He returned to Downton Abbey in October 2015 beginning in the fourth episode of the sixth season. Goode also made a brief appearance in the Downton Abbey film which was released in 2019.[15] He is currently filming Downton Abbey 2, reprising the role of Henry Talbot, which is due to be released for Christmas 2021.

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] That year, he presented ITV's The Wine Show with Joe Fattorini and Matthew Rhys.

In 2017, Goode began production on a television adaptation of Deborah Harkness's bestselling All Souls trilogy for Sky One in the United Kingdom. The show, titled A Discovery of Witches, takes its title from the series' first book. He plays the lead role of Professor Matthew Clairmont, an Oxford molecular biologist and vampire. The show was first broadcast in the UK on 14 September 2018, and has been renewed for two more series based on the strength of its first airing in the United Kingdom where it was consistently the network's most-watched show each week for its 8-episode run.

Early in 2019, it was announced that Goode would be joining an all-star cast for the prequel to Matthew Vaughn's Kingsman series, entitled The King's Man. His role is still unknown, but it is reported to take place sometime around the early 20th century and will cover the origin story of the Kingsman spy organization from their time as ordinary London tailors. The film is scheduled for a 2021 release date.

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2005. They married in 2014,[17][18][19] and have two daughters[3] and a son.



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 Dr. Jensen/Albright
2016 Allied Guy Sangster
2017 The Sense of an Ending Joe Hunt
2017 The Hatton Garden Job XXX
2017 The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales... Wolf (voice) English dub
2018 Birthmarked Ben Morin
2018 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Sidney Stark
2019 Official Secrets Peter Beaumont
2019 Downton Abbey Henry Talbot
2020 Four Kids and It David Hartlepool
2020 The Duke Jeremy Hutchinson
2021 Silent Night Post-production
2021 The King's Man Tristan Post-production
2021 Medieval King Sigismund Post-production
TBA The Colour Room Post-production
2021 Downton Abbey 2 Henry Talbot Filming


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 Main role (Seasons 5-6), 28 episodes
2014–2015 Downton Abbey Henry Talbot Guest role (Season 5), Main role (Season 6), 7 episodes
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, 1st Earl of Snowdon Season 2, 3 episodes
2018 Ordeal by Innocence Philip Durrant Lead role, 3 episodes[20]
2018–present A Discovery of Witches Matthew Clairmont Lead role, 18 episodes
TBA The Offer Robert Evans Upcoming miniseries


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 Burning Man Nominated
2013 Australian Film Critics Association Best Actor Nominated
2013 Australian Film Institute Best Actor Nominated
2014 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Supporting Actor Stoker Won
2014 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Dancing on the Edge Nominated
2014 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Performance by an Ensemble The Imitation Game Nominated
2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Cast Award Won
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Downtown Abbey Nominated
2018 Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Guest Actor The Crown Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Nominated


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  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.
  6. ^ "BBC – Death Comes to Pemberley – Media Centre".
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Bierly, Mandi (27 March 2014). "'The Good Wife': Julianna Margulies explains how she negotiated Josh Charles' season 5 contract". Entertainment Weekly.
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  10. ^ Abrams, Natalie (3 December 2013). "Matthew Goode Heads to The Good Wife". TV Guide.
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (3 December 2013). "The Good Wife Exclusive: Matthew Goode to 'Befriend' Alicia in Big Recurring Role". TVLine.
  12. ^ Thomas, Kaitlin (29 March 2014). "News Briefs: The Good Wife Promotes Matthew Goode to Series Regular". TVLine.
  13. ^ "Matthew Goode is Leaving the Good Wife, Crushing Our Dreams in the Process". 22 May 2015.
  14. ^ Battersby, Matilda (25 December 2014). "Downton Abbey Christmas special 2014, review: Love is everywhere, actually". The Independent.
  15. ^ "Matthew Goode confirmed for Downton Abbey movie – but he says he will only be "popping in at the end"". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Matthew Goode's Roadside Picnic Pilot Won't Move Forward at WGN America". 25 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Goode Times".
  18. ^ "Photos of Matthew and Sophie together at Match Point Premiere in Dec' 2005".
  19. ^ "'Downton Abbey's' Allen Leech and Matthew Goode Have Fun on 'The Imitation Game'".
  20. ^ Billen, Andrew (31 March 2018). "Ordeal by Innocence: the Christie Mystery that almost got away". The Times (72497). Saturday Review. pp. 4–5. ISSN 0140-0460.

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