Matthew Macfadyen

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Matthew Macfadyen
Matthew Macfadyen 2007.jpg
Macfadyen in London, 2007
Born (1974-10-17) 17 October 1974 (age 45)
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Keeley Hawes (m. 2004)
Children2

David Matthew Macfadyen (born 17 October 1974) is an English actor who has appeared in film, television, and theatre. He is known for his performance as Mr. Darcy in Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice (2005), and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral. He also portrayed John Birt in the political drama Frost/Nixon and Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the BBC series Ripper Street. In June 2010, Macfadyen won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work on Criminal Justice. Macfayden currently stars as Tom Wambsgans in the critically acclaimed HBO drama series Succession.

Early life[edit]

Macfadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, the son of Meinir (née Owen), a drama teacher and former actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive.[1][2] His paternal grandparents were Scottish and his maternal grandparents were Welsh.[1][3] Macfadyen was brought up in a number of places, including Jakarta, Indonesia, as a result of his father's occupation.[1] He attended schools in England (including in Louth, Lincolnshire), Scotland and Indonesia, and went to Oakham School in Rutland, before being accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at 17. As a student, he was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander, which he thought was "[a]n example to follow – an example of people acting with each other...", and which "[f]eatured just the most extraordinary acting I'd ever seen".[4]

Career[edit]

After having studied at the RADA from 1992 to 1995, Macfadyen became known in British theatre primarily for his work with the stage company Cheek by Jowl, for which he played Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi, Charles Surface in The School for Scandal, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. His Benedick was played as an officer-class buffoon with a moustache and a braying laugh. In 2005, he played Prince Hal in Henry IV, Parts One and Two at the Royal National Theatre, with Michael Gambon in the role of Falstaff. In 2007, he returned to the stage, portraying an American, Clay, a stay-at-home father with a liberal attitude in the play The Pain and the Itch.

A TV breakthrough came when he appeared as Hareton Earnshaw in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, screened on the ITV network in 1998. Further television drama work followed, including starring roles in the dramas Warriors (1999) and The Way We Live Now (2001), both for the BBC. Also in 2001, he earned acclaim for his starring role in the BBC Two drama serial Perfect Strangers, which was written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. In 2002, he starred in The Project, a BBC drama charting New Labour's rise to power. He starred in Spooks, which became a success when screened on BBC One. A longer second season was screened in 2003, and a third season was broadcast in autumn 2004, with him leaving the series in the second episode. The series was aired as MI-5 on the A&E Network. In 2007 he appeared in the one-off Channel 4 drama Secret Life, which dealt with the controversial subject of paedophilia.[5] Macfadyen won the Best Actor award at the Royal Television Society 2007 Awards for this part, and was nominated for a BAFTA. He also appeared in a short sketch for Comic Relief as the bridegroom in Mr. Bean's Wedding, alongside Rowan Atkinson and Michelle Ryan.

Macfadyen appeared in films including Enigma (released in 2001), and In My Father's Den, for which he received the New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor.[citation needed] He starred as the romantic lead Fitzwilliam Darcy in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, released in the UK in September 2005.

Macfadyen starred in Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral and the film Incendiary, based on Chris Cleave's novel alongside Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. He also appeared in Ron Howard's film Frost/Nixon, in which he played John Birt. In 2008, he played the male lead Arthur Clennam in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Little Dorrit. In 2009 Macfadyen appeared alongside Academy Award-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter in the BBC Four movie Enid, based on the life of Enid Blyton, as Hugh Pollock, Blyton's publisher and first husband.

In 2010, he played the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood. He starred as Prior Philip in the TV serial The Pillars of the Earth, and was the middle-aged Logan Mountstuart in Any Human Heart. In June 2010, Macfadyen won a British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Criminal Justice.

In 2011, Macfadyen made a final cameo in the BBC show Spooks, and in 2012, he played Oblonsky in Joe Wright's film, Anna Karenina. In December 2012 he began portraying Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in BBC One's Ripper Street.

In 2013-14 he played Jeeves in the production of Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End of London. The play won the 2014 Olivier award for Best New Comedy.[6][7][8]

In 2015 Amazon Prime picked up Ripper Street and, after good reviews, it was recommissioned for fourth and fifth seasons. Macfadyen said he was "delighted to be embarking on another dose of Ripper Street – blood and guts, pocket watches and Victorian headgear, wonderfully dark, moving and mysterious story lines from Mr Richard Wardlow".[9] The series also aired in the U.S. on BBC America. He currently stars as Tom Wambsgans in the HBO series Succession.

In 2020, he appeared in the role of Major Charles Ingram in a three-part ITV drama, Quiz, based on the controversial coughing cheat scandal on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire in 2001.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2002, Macfadyen began a relationship with his Spooks co-star Keeley Hawes. They were married in November 2004.[11] The couple have two children.[11][12] Macfadyen is stepfather to Hawes's son from her previous marriage.[13] The couple are patrons of the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Maybe Baby Nigel
2001 Enigma Lt. Cave
2002 The Project Paul Tibbenham
2003 The Reckoning King's Justice
2004 In My Father's Den Paul Prior
2005 Pride & Prejudice Fitzwilliam Darcy
2006 Middletown Gabriel Hunter
2007 Grindhouse Eye Gouging Victim Segment: Don't
2007 Death at a Funeral Daniel Howells
2008 Incendiary Terence Butcher
2008 Frost/Nixon John Birt
2010 Robin Hood Sheriff of Nottingham
2011 The Three Musketeers Athos
2012 Anna Karenina Oblonsky
2014 Lost in Karastan Emil Forester
2015 The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music Georg von Trapp
2017 The Current War J. P. Morgan
2018 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Benjamin Stahlbaum
2019 The Assistant Wilcock
TBA Operation Mincemeat Charles Cholmondeley Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Wuthering Heights Hareton Earnshaw Television Movie
1999 Warriors Alan James Television Movie
2000 Murder Rooms:
Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes
Brian Waller Season 1 - Episode: One
2001 Perfect Strangers Daniel Symon 3 episodes
2001 The Way We Live Now Sir Felix Carbury 4 episodes
2002–2004
2011
Spooks Tom Quinn 19 episodes
2007 Mr. Bean's Wedding Short Video
2007 Secret Life Charlie Television Movie
2008 Ashes to Ashes Billie Eltringham (Gil Hollis) Guest Star
2008 Little Dorrit Arthur Clennam 8 episodes
2008 Agatha Christie's Marple Inspector Neele Episode: A Pocket Full of Rye
2009 Enid Hugh Pollock TV Movie
2009 Criminal Justice Joe Miller 3 episodes
2010 The Pillars of the Earth Prior Philip 8 episodes
2010 Any Human Heart Logan Mountstuart 4 episodes
2012–2016 Ripper Street Det. Insp. Edmund Reid 36 episodes
2013 Ambassadors Prince of Darkness TV Mini-series
2015 The Enfield Haunting Guy Playfair 3 episodes
2015 The Last Kingdom Lord Uhtred Episode: #1.1
2016 Churchill's Secret Randolph Churchill Television Movie, PBS
2017 Howards End Henry Wilcox TV Mini-series, Starz
2018–present Succession Tom Wambsgans Main role, HBO
2020 Quiz Maj. Charles Ingram Limited Series

Radio[edit]

Year Title Author Notes Ref.
2000 The Voyage of the Beagle Charles Darwin BBC Radio 4 [15]
2001 Trampoline Meredith Oakes BBC Radio 4 [16]
2004 The Coma Alex Garland audio book [17]
2004 Getting Away From It: The Island Tim Pears BBC Radio 4 [18]
2005 Stories We Could Tell Tony Parsons audio book [19]
2007 The Making of Music N/A BBC Radio 4 [20]

Documentary[edit]

Year Title Notes Ref.
2003 Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) BBC Two [21]
2004 The Hungerford Massacre BBC One [22]
2006 The 9/11 Liars Channel 4 [23]
2006 Nuremberg: Nazis On Trial BBC Two [24]
2007 The Blair Years BBC One [25]
2007 Last Party at the Palace Channel 4 [26]
2008 Dangerous Jobs for Girls Channel 4 [27]
2008 Words of War ITV1 [28]
2009 Wine BBC Four [29]
2009 Inside MI5 ITV1
2014 Horse Power Sky Atlantic
2020 Quiz ITV

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Playwright Venue Ref.
1994 The Crimson Island Dymogatsky Mikhail Bulgakov Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [30]
1994 Lorca's Death Rafael/Intellect Ben Benison Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [31]
1994 The Feigned Inconstancy Chevalier Marivaux Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [32]
1994 The Beggar's Opera Macheath John Gay Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [33]
1995 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Chief Bromden Dale Wasserman Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [34]
1995 The Libertine John Wilmot Stephen Jeffreys Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts [35]
1995 My Funny Valentine Solo Performer N/A Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
1995 The Duchess of Malfi Antonio Bologna John Webster Cheek by Jowl [36]
1996 A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius Shakespeare Royal Shakespeare Company [37]
1998 Much Ado About Nothing Benedick Shakespeare Cheek by Jowl [38]
1998 The School for Scandal Charles Surface Richard Brinsley Sheridan Royal Shakespeare Company [39]
1999 Battle Royal Mr. Brougham Nick Stafford Royal National Theatre [40]
2005 Henry IV Prince Hal Shakespeare Royal National Theatre [41]
2006 Total Eclipse Paul Verlaine Christopher Hampton reading at Royal Court Theatre [42]
2007 The Pain and the Itch Clay Bruce Norris Royal Court Theatre [43]
2010 Private Lives Elyot Chase Noël Coward Vaudeville Theatre [44]
2013 Perfect Nonsense Jeeves David and Robert Goodale West End

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 British Independent Film Awards Best Actor In My Father's Den Nominated [45]
2006 London Critics Circle Film Awards Best Newcomer Pride and Prejudice Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture Frost/Nixon Nominated
2008 British Academy Television Awards Best Actor Secret Life Nominated
2010 Best Supporting Actor Criminal Justice Won
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Succession Nominated

References[edit]

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