Matthew Le Nevez

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Matthew Le Nevez
Born (1979-01-10) 10 January 1979 (age 38)
Canberra, Australia
Occupation Actor
Partner(s) Michelle Monique Smith
Children 1

Matthew "Matt" Le Nevez (born 10 January 1979 in Canberra) is an award-winning Australian actor. He is best known for his roles as spunky Doctor Patrick Reid in the TV series Offspring and as Detective Brian Dutch in the Tasmanian Gothic sci-fi television show The Kettering Incident.

Early life[edit]

Le Nevez was born in Canberra in 1979 and attended The French-Australian School, Telopea Park School and St Edmund's College, Canberra before accepted into NIDA aged 17. He graduated in 1999.[citation needed]


Le Nevez took a small role in an Australian-made sci-fi series, Farscape, followed by a part in teen drama Head Start. In 2002 he appeared in his first feature film Garage Days playing a drug-fuelled rock star. He then played Aaron Reynolds, accomplice to the notorious Brenden James Abbott the Post Card Bandit, in the TV miniseries of the same name.

In 2003 came a break-through role, that of rough and ready Bullet Sheather in the ABC Television miniseries Marking Time, for which Le Nevez won an AFI Television Award in 2004 for Best Actor in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama or Comedy.[1]

In 2005 Le Nevez star in his first American film in one Marvel feature film Man-Thing as Sheriff Kyle Williams.

The film Peaches saw him sharing a screen with Hugo Weaving and Jacqueline McKenzie, but it was the role in 2006 of notorious Mathew Wales (convicted of the murders of his mother Margaret Wales-King and stepfather Paul King) in the TV movie The Society Murders that won Le Nevez critical acclaim.[2] He won the Most Outstanding Actor on Australian television Logie Award in 2006.[3][dead link]

Le Nevez stars in the Australian film The Tender Hook. Written and directed by Jonathan Ogilvie, it is the story of Iris (Rose Byrne) and a love triangle that includes her roguish English lover, McHeath and Art (Matt Le Nevez), an earnest young boxer. The film also stars his previous acting colleague, Hugo Weaving.

Le Nevez appeared as the boyfriend of "Kate" (Sibylla Budd) in the Come Walkabout commercial for Tourism Australia, directed by Baz Luhrmann.[4]

In 2010, he appeared in Legend of the Seeker as Leo, the new Seeker. In 2011, he became a regular in the Network Ten comedy/drama Offspring as anaethetist Dr Patrick Reid, and continued in season 3 (2012), 4 (2013) and after his characters death in dream sequences during season 5 (2014).[5] His character was killed off due to his choice to leave the show in 12th episode of season 4 on the 7 August 2013, and made Australian headlines following an outpouring of grief from Offspring fans.

In 2012 he played the part of former Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee in the miniseries Howzat! Kerry Packer's War about Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.[6]

He played the part of Damien Parer in the 2014 television film Parer's War.

In 2014 despite leaving Offspring to pursue acting in America it was reported that Le Nevez was joining the cast of Australian T.V. series Love Child. It was announced in July 2014 that he would be co-starring in upcoming drama series The Kettering Incident.[7][8]

In 2016 he starred in Brock, a Channel 10 miniseries, as Australian motor racing legend Peter Brock.[9]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, Le Nevez and his partner Michelle Smith welcomed their son Levi Le Nevez.[10]

Le Nevez is an avid supporter of Richmond[11] in the AFL and Canberra Raiders in the NRL.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Garage Days Tobey
2004 Peaches Brian
2005 A Family Legacy NZ Batsman 1 short film
Man-Thing Sheriff Kyle Williams
Feed Nigel
2006 Emulsion Actor short film
2007 What They Don't Know Stan short film
2008 The Tender Hook Art Worker
2011 Deserted Boyfriend short film


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Farscape Cavemen Crichton 1 episode
2001 Head Start Terry Vaughan 3 episodes
All Saints Andy Barton 1 episode
2002 MDA Sam Livingstone 4 episodes
2003 White Collar Blue Larry Drevo 1 episode
The Postcard Bandit Aaron Reynolds TV movie
Marking Time Bullet Sheater TV movie
2004 Blue Heelers Matt Procter 1 episode
Love My Way Jai 1 episode
2006 The Society Murders Matthew Wales TV movie
2007 Sea Patrol Jullian Wiseman 1 episode
2010 Legend of the Seeker Leo 3 episode
Cops LAC Ben Ellis 1 episode
2011-2016 Offspring Patrick Reid Main role
2012 Howzat! Kerry Packer's War Dennis Lillee mini-serie
2013 The Glades Alexanders Barnes 1 episode
2014 Parer's War Damien Parer TV movie
2015 The Kettering Incident Brian Dutch 8 episodes
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Bat Masterson 2 episode
Love Child Jim Marsh 8 episodes
Runner Adam TV movie
2016 Brock Peter Brock TV movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2004 AFI Television Award for Best Actor in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama or Comedy Marking Time Won
2007 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor The Society Murders Won
2013 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor Offspring Nominated
2014 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor Nominated


  1. ^ "Television categories 1986 – 2009". AFI Award Winners. Australian Film Institute. 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Heat in the coldest blood". The Sydney Morning Herald. 24 June 2006. 
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  4. ^ "Baz is the buzz in US adland - Film - Entertainment - Home". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Haddow, Nicole (22 July 2011). "Offspring's Matthew Le Nevez charms in the spotlight". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cricket tragic Matthew Le Nevez has a mo to rival Dennis Lillee in Nine network's new miniseries Howzat". Herald Sun. 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Offspring star Matt Le Nevez returns to TV with Elizabeth Debicki in The Kettering Incident". 26 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Le Nevez shows a dark side in The Kettering Incident". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 18 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Matthew Le Nevez to play Peter Brock in Ten's new miniseries". 24 August 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Van Der Meer, Erin. "It's a boy! Offspring star Matthew Le Nevez announces the name and sex of his newborn and reveals he misses playing dreamy Dr Patrick". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Actor Matthew Le Nevez springs to life for Triple M's Hot Breakfast". Triple M. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  12. ^ Doherty, Megan. "Man of the match scores off the field". Canberra Times. Canberra Times. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 

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