Matthew Rhys Evans
8 November 1974
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Partner(s)||Keri Russell (2014–present)|
Matthew Rhys Evans (born 8 November 1974; //) is a Welsh actor. He is known for playing Kevin Walker in Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011) and Philip Jennings in The Americans (2013–2018), for which he received two Golden Globe Award nominations and a Primetime Emmy Award. In film, he appeared as Dylan Thomas in the film The Edge of Love (2008) and as Daniel Ellsberg in the film The Post (2017) and starred in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). In 2020, he starred in the lead role on the HBO period series Perry Mason, for which he received his third Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.
Rhys was born in Cardiff, Wales, on 8 November 1974 (some sources say 4 November). His first language is Welsh. He grew up in Cardiff and attended Welsh-medium schools, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd (in Whitchurch, Cardiff) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (in Llandaff North, Cardiff). In 1993, he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.
During Rhys's time at RADA, Rhys appeared in the BBC police series Backup as well as in House of America. He returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave), for which he won Best Actor at the BAFTA Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs).
In January 1998, Rhys went to New Zealand to star in Greenstone, a colonial costume drama for television. He then landed a role in Titus, Julie Taymor's adaptation of Titus Andronicus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Next he played Ray in Peter Hewitt's film comedy, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? After returning to Wales, he did two consecutive films with Jonathan Pryce: The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, a film about a dysfunctional single-parent family in which he played the elder son, and Sara Sugarman's comedy Very Annie Mary, in which he played the role of Nob. Rhys would later reunite with Very Annie Mary star Rachel Griffiths on Brothers & Sisters.
In 2000, Rhys played the lead role in Metropolis, a drama series for Granada TV about the lives of six twenty-somethings living in London. Next he starred in Peaches, the film of the play written and directed by Nick Grosso. Rhys starred as Benjamin in the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate, alongside Kathleen Turner at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.
Rhys travelled to Ireland to star in the 18th-century swashbuckling adventure, The Abduction Club. He played the lead role of Darren Daniels in Tabloid, and then returned to New Zealand to shoot the epic drama The Lost World for the BBC. His other film credits include the independent horror film Deathwatch in Prague and Fakers, a comic crime caper.
He appeared opposite Brittany Murphy in the independent feature Love and Other Disasters, in Virgin Territory opposite Hayden Christensen, Tim Roth and Mischa Barton, and playing poet Dylan Thomas in the love quadrangle biographical film The Edge of Love.
In January 2012, Rhys appeared in a BBC Two two-part drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, left unfinished at his death in 1870. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired it in the United States as one feature-length episode on 15 April 2012.
In 2012, Rhys reprised Sir Alec Guinness' 1959 double role of John Barratt / Jacques DeGué in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's The Scapegoat. That same year, Rhys was cast as "Jimmy" in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's play, Look Back in Anger, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The production played a limited engagement through 8 April 2012. In 2013, Rhys starred in the television adaptation of the P. D. James novel Death Comes to Pemberley as Jane Austen hero Fitzwilliam Darcy.
He starred opposite Keri Russell in the FX series The Americans, a 1980s Cold War spy drama about Russian KGB sleeper agents (Rhys and Russell, who portray married KGB agents with two children, among other agents and handlers). Rhys and Russell are real-life partners off-screen as well. The sixth season airing in 2018 was the final season of The Americans. The show debuted in January 2013.
Rhys was housemates for nearly 10 years with fellow Welshman and actor Ioan Gruffudd, and served as best man at Gruffudd's wedding to actress Alice Evans. Both are patrons of Trust PA, a UK spinal injuries charity.
On 15 July 2008, Rhys was honoured by Aberystwyth University as a Fellow. On 8 August 2008, he was honoured at the Welsh National Eisteddfod by being accepted as a member to the druidic order of the Gorsedd of the Bards, for his contributions to the Welsh language and Wales. His bardic name in the Gorsedd is Matthew Tâf. In August 2009, Rhys took to the stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as part of the National Eisteddfod.
- Patron, Hijinx Theatre, based at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
- Patron, Asylum Justice, a charity based in Cardiff, Wales, that provides free legal advice and representation for asylum seekers and other vulnerable migrants.
- Charity Champion, The Noah's Ark Appeal, a charity which raises funds for the development of the Children's Hospital for Wales.
- Patron, Iris Prize, Cardiff's International Gay and Lesbian Short Film Prize.
- Ambassador, Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales, a charity that treats children who have cerebral palsy from all over Wales.
|1996||Bydd yn Wrol||N/A|
|1997||House of America||Boyo|
|1999||Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?||Ray Smith|
|2000||The Testimony of Taliesin Jones||Jonathan|
|2001||Very Annie Mary||Nob|
|2002||The Abduction Club||James Strang|
|2003||Y Mabinogi||Lleu Llaw Gyffes|
|2006||Love and Other Disasters||Peter Simon|
|2007||Virgin Territory||Count Dzerzhinsky|
|2008||The Edge of Love||Dylan Thomas|
|2009||The Think Tank||Marc||Short film|
|2011||Everything Carries Me To You||Damien||Short film|
|2012||The Scapegoat||John Standing / Johnny Spence|
|2015||Come What May||Percy|
|2017||The Post||Daniel Ellsberg|
|2018||Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle||John Lockwood|
|2019||A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood||Lloyd Vogel|
|2019||The Report||New York Times reporter|
|1997||Backup||PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson||6 episodes|
|1999||Greenstone||Sam Markham||Unknown episodes|
|2000||A History of Britain||N/A||Unknown episodes|
|2000||Metropolis||Matthew Bishop||5 episodes|
|2001||The Lost World||Edward Malone||2 episodes|
|2003||Columbo||Justin Price||Episode: "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"|
|2003||Partners and Crime||N/A||Television film|
|2003||POW||Alfie Harris||Episode #1.5|
|2006||Beau Brummell: This Charming Man||Lord Byron||Television film|
|2006–2011||Brothers & Sisters||Kevin Walker||Main role|
|2008||A Child's Christmas||The Old Man (voice)||Television short|
|2011||LA Phil Live||Hamlet||Episode: "Dudamel Conducts Tchiakovsky"|
|2012||The Mystery of Edwin Drood||John Jasper||2 episodes|
|2013||Death Comes to Pemberley||Fitzwilliam Darcy||3 episodes|
|2013–2018||The Americans||Philip Jennings||Main role|
|2014||Under Milk Wood||New York Voice||Television film|
|2015||Archer||Lloyd Llewellyn (voice)||Episode: "Achub y Morfilod"|
|2015||The Bastard Executioner||Gruffudd y Blaidd / the Wolf||4 episodes|
|2016–2018||The Wine Show||Himself (co-host)||Main role|
|2017||Girls||Chuck Palmer||Episode: "American Bitch"|
|2018||Death and Nightingales||Billy||3 episodes|
|2018||Down the Caravan||Dai||Television film|
|2019||BoJack Horseman||Justin Kenyon (voice)||Episode: "A Quick One, While He's Away"|
|2019||Carpool Karaoke: The Series||Himself (co-host)||Season 2, episode 17|
|2019||Infinity Train||Aloysius / Alrick (voices)||2 episodes|
|2020||Perry Mason||Perry Mason||Also executive producer|
|2020||The Owl House||Emperor Belos (voice)||2 episodes|
|1997||Cardiff East||Tommy||Peter Gill||Royal National Theatre|
|1997||Grace Note||Nick||Samuel Adamson / Dominic Dromgoole||The Old Vic|
|1997||One More Wasted Year||Pierre||Christophe Pellet / Mary Peate||Royal Court Theatre|
|1997||Stranger's House (Fremdes Haus)||Yanne||Dea Loher / Mary Peate||Royal Court Theatre|
|2000||The Graduate||Benjamin Braddock||Charles Webb / Terry Johnson||Gielgud Theatre|
|2002||The Associate||Tiny||Simon Bent||Royal National Theatre|
|2003||Under Milk Wood||Mog Edwards||Dylan Thomas / Michael Bogdanov||New Theatre (Cardiff)|
|2004||King Lear||Edmund||William Shakespeare / Bill Alexander||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2004||Macbeth||Macduff||William Shakespeare / Bill Alexander||The Young Vic|
|2004||Romeo and Juliet||Romeo||William Shakespeare / Peter Gill||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|2012||Look Back in Anger||Jimmy||John Osborne / Sam Gold||Roundabout Theatre Company|
Other projects, contributions
- Produced television documentary, Mr Hollywood, for S4C-TV (2010), about the life of Griffith J. Griffith, Welsh-American industrialist and philanthropist after whom Griffith Park is named.
- Wrote Patagonia: Crossing the Plain (2010) – a photographic account of his month-long journey on horseback while filming a documentary on Patagonia, and the Welsh settlers who made it their home having journeyed from Wales in the late 19th century.
- Set up his own production company, Patagonia (2011), which has two projects in development. One of them involves the adaptation of a book called Operation Julie, written by Lyn Ebenezer, about the biggest LSD drugs bust (in Wales's history); Rhys bought the film rights in December 2010.
- Set to star in the upcoming FX’s TV show Wyrd and also co-produce the show alongside his partner Keri Russell.
Awards and nominations
- @MatthewRhys (8 November 2018). "Thank you for the messages...diolch am y negeseuon. 'My Birthday began with the water birds.....'" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Matthew Rhys". AllMovie. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
- "Being Dylan | Matthew Rhys". Visit Wales. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
- Greenstreet, Rosanna (13 October 2001). "Q & A Matthew Rhys". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
- Kellaway, Kate (30 April 2000). "The new prince of Wales". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Bydd yn Wrol". sky.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
- mikejoe21 (7 October 2007). "Matthew Rhys - ABC News Interview December 5, 2006". Retrieved 22 May 2017 – via YouTube.
- Bradshaw, Peter (12 October 2001). "Peaches". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "PEACHES (2000)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- Gilbert, Gerard (8 September 2012). "Matthew Rhys:'We'd troll off to LA and try to nick jobs off the Americans". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- Elley, Derek (18 July 2002). "The Abduction Club". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- Erickson, Hal (2014). "Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 18 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
- French, Philip (22 June 2008). "Review: The Edge of Love". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "BBC - Press Office - Cast announced for The Mystery Of Edwin Drood on BBC Two". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Island Pictures
- Isherwood, Charles (2 February 2012). "The wounded and wounding in '50s Britain". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- Ausiello, Michael (16 March 2012). "Brothers & Sisters alumn Matthew Rhys cast opposite Keri Russell in FX's The Americans". TVLine.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- Ausiello, Michael (31 January 2013). "Ratings: The Americans spies strong debut". TVLine.com. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "MyBrent.co.uk". Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "WalesOnline: News, sport, weather and events from across Wales". icwales.icnetwork.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Welsh actors help spinal charity". BBC News. 26 October 2002. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
- "Graduation 2008 - Aberystwyth University". www.aber.ac.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "BBC NEWS - UK - Wales - Hollywood star Rhys joins druids". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Performing with National Youth Orchestra". Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Telling, Gillian (26 December 2013). "Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys: Are They Dating?". People. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
- Ortved, John (30 April 2015). "Oliver Jeffers's Art of Bearing Witness". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
- "Keri Russell Gives Birth, Welcomes First Child With 'Americans' Costar Matthew Rhys!". usmagazine.com. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Keri Russell Reveals Name and Sex of Her First Child with Matthew Rhys – and Says the Baby Is Doing 'So Good'". People. 1 July 2016. Archived from the original on 1 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
- "Matthew Rhys yn ymuno â Phlaid Cymru". Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Leanne Wood". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Iris Prize patrons". Archived from the original on 13 January 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Ffeithiol S4C". www.s4c.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Lyn Ebenezer – Cymru
- Ebenezer, Lyn (22 February 2007). "The mythology of Operation Julie". BBC.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "BBC - Matthew Rhys buys Operation Julie film rights". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- Kelly, Jon (12 July 2011). "Operation Julie: How an LSD raid began the war on drugs". Retrieved 22 May 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Deadline". www.deadline.com. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
- "2018 Awards Nominees". International Press Academy. Archived from the original on 29 November 2018. Retrieved 11 December 2018.