Niall Matter

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Niall Matter
Niall Matter 2013 Leo Awards (cropped).jpg
Matter at the Leo Awards in July 2013
Born (1980-10-20) October 20, 1980 (age 35)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007–present

Niall Matter (pronounced May-ter), born October 20, 1980, is a Canadian actor, known for his roles as Zane Donovan in the Syfy original series Eureka and Evan Cross in the Space series Primeval: New World. In 2015 he joined the cast of Global's medical drama Remedy in the role of ER Resident Dr. Peter Cutler.

Early life[edit]

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, of Irish and Russian descent, Matter grew up on his parents farm. He is a third-generation oil rigger, having worked on the oil rigs in Northern Alberta for eight years. After getting himself in trouble at age 17, his parents sent him for a three-month stint on the oil rigs to work with his grandfather. It was this experience that helped him to focus, and pass his High School exams. He continued to work on the oil rigs until the age of 25, whilst simultaneously moving to Vancouver and attending Vancouver Film School to pursue his long-term goal of pursuing a career in film.

At the age of 25 he had a serious accident whilst working on the oil rigs, where he was nearly crushed inside the cab of a 17-ton drilling rig . His quad muscle had been detached from his femur, and he nearly lost his right leg. It took him six months to be fully rehabilitated. On returning to the oil rigs, he witnessed another accident in which another man lost his legs. This convinced him that it was time to move on, so he quit, returning to Vancouver, where he lied his way into a bartending job, before landing his first acting role.[1]


Matter landed his first lead role in the Syfy original film Beyond Loch Ness. While filming Loch Ness he sent an audition to the producers of The Best Years and ended up being hired for the role of Trent Hamilton.[2][3]

This role led to a guest role Syfy television series: Stargate Atlantis. He then had an audition for Eureka, in what he believed was a one episode guest star role.[4] He was cast in the role of Zane Donovan, first appearing in the season two episode "E=MC...?" His role was recurring in seasons two and three. In season 4 he joined the main cast, in an expanded role, through to the final season.[5]

During this time, he also had television roles in Warehouse 13 and NBC's Fear Itself. After testing for the comedy film My Best Friends Girl, Matter appeared as a recurring guest star on the CW shows Melrose Place and 90210.[6]

In 2009, Matter appeared in Zack Snyder's Watchmen film, filling the role of one of the Minute Men, Mothman.[7]

From 2012 to 2013, Matter portrayed the lead character of Evan Cross in Space's science fiction series Primeval: New World, a spin-off of the British series Primeval.[8] In 2013, this role earned him a Constellation Award in the Best Male Performance in a Science Fiction Television Episode category, for his performance in the episode "Truth".[9] He was also nominated for a Leo Award in the Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Dramatic Series category, for the same episode.[10]

In 2014 he landed the role of Lieutenant Graden Hales in the TNT commissioned pilot of Marcia Clark's 'Guilt by Association' alongside Julia Stiles, which TNT ultimately declined to pick up.[11]

He has since had guest roles in various American and Canadian shows, including Motive, Arctic Air,[12] Constantine and Rizzoli and Isles. He joined the cast of Global's medical drama Remedy for filming of the second series in September 2014,[13] which premiered in March 2015.[14] He joined the main cast in the role of ER Resident Dr Peter Cutler.[15]

In November 2014 he was announced as one of the Whistler Film Festival's Rising Stars, a program designed to promote the next generation of Western Canadian actors poised for international careers.[16]

He will guest star in a season 2 episode of Bravo's Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce in November 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Matter has previously dated Graceland star Serinda Swan.[17]

He is a longtime fan of NHL team the Edmonton Oilers.


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Beyond Loch Ness Josh Riley Television film
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Cole Fletcher Direct-to-video
2008 Secrets of the Summer House Peter Hughes Television film
2009 Watchmen Byron Lewis/Mothman
2010 Dawna Pimp Short film
2011 Exley George Wilson
2014 Honor Student Nicholas Howarth Television film
2014 Ally Was Screaming Andrew
2016 Chokeslam Tab Television film
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Best Years, TheThe Best Years Trent Hamilton Main cast (season 1); 13 episodes
2007–2012 Eureka Zane Donovan Recurring (season 2); main cast (seasons 3–5); 49 episodes
2007–2008 Stargate Atlantis Lt. Kemp 2 episodes
2008 Fear Itself Eddie Episode: "New Year's Day"
2009 Warehouse 13 Gary Whitman Episode: "Duped"
2009–2010 Melrose Place Rick Paxton 3 episodes
2011–2012 90210 Greg 5 episodes
2012–2013 Primeval: New World Evan Cross Main cast: 13 episodes
2014 Arctic Air Tag Cummins 7 episodes
2014 Motive Damian Cutter Episode: "Overboard"
2014 Constantine Darrell Episode: "The Rage of Caliban"
2015 Remedy Dr. Peter Cutler Main cast (season 2); 10 episodes
2015 Rizzoli & Isles Detective Mike Guthrie Episode: "In Plain View"
2015 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Joaquin Episode: "Rule#14: Family First....Mostly"


  1. ^ "". Redeye Chicago. October 7, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "TV star Niall Matter talks about Eureka! (Interview, 2 of 2)". YouTube. July 12, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ "From the Rigs to TV" "Edmonton Journal", Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  4. ^ "Niall Matter Interview EUREKA" "Collider", Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Hero In the Making: Interview with Eureka's Niall Matter" "The Morton Report", Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "90210 Casting Scoop: Hot for Teacher?". E! Online. October 10, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Who Watches the Mothman: Interview with Niall Matter". "Cosmic Book News", Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Permanent Rain Press Interview with Niall Matter" "Permanent Rain Press", Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "The 2013 Results!". Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Leo Awards 2013 Nominees by Name" "Leo Awards", Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  11. ^ "dramas-from-ed-burns-steven-spielberg-and-kyra-sedgwick-get-tnt-series-orders". Deadline. May 7, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Arctic Air Interview - New Love Interest Niall Matter dishes on New Season" "Canadian Film Review", Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Canada's Hit Medical Drama 'Remedy' Begins Filming Season Two" "ET Canada", Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Remedy Trailer: New season coming the March". "Snappy TV", Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  15. ^ Retrieved January 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "". Whistler Film Festival. November 12, 2012. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  17. ^ "A Conversation with Eureka's Niall Matter". "Sci-Fi Stream", Retrieved January 6, 2015.

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