With a steady stream of exemplary performances in the British theater, television and film industries, award-winning actor Matthew Macfadyen was already a rising star in his home country when Hollywoo...
Norfolk, England, GB
|Any Human Heart||Actor||n/a||7|
|The Pillars of the Earth||Actor||Prior Philip||7|
|Any Human Heart||Actor||Logan Mountstuart - Middle||7|
|In My Father's Den||2014||Actor||Paul Prior||20147|
|Ripper Street||2013 2011 - 2013||Actor||Detective Inspector Edmund Reid||20137|
|Death at a Funeral||2007||Actor||Daniel||20077|
|Little Dorrit||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Arthur Clennam||20087|
|Pride & Prejudice||2005||Actor||Mr Darcy||20057|
|The Way We Live Now||2001 2000 - 2001||Actor||Sir Felix Carbury||20017|
|The British Academy Film Awards||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||Presenter||20087|
|The Three Musketeers||2011||Actor||Athos||20117|
|Robin Hood||2010||Actor||Sheriff of Nottingham||20107|
|Wuthering Heights||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Hareton Earnshaw||19987|
|Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Waller||19997|
|Acted opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"|
|Portrayed Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley in "Pride and Prejudice," an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic|
|Portrayed David Frost's producer John Birt in the film adaption of Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon"|
|Co-starred in the Frank Oz directed "Death at a Funeral"|
|Played Prince Hal opposite Sir Michael Gambon in "Henry IV" at Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre|
|Cast in the TV movie "Warriors" (BBC America) by Peter Kosminsky about soldiers in Bosnia|
|Starred on the BBC crime show "Ripper Street"|
|Cast as the male lead Arthur Clennam in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"|
|Joined the Cheek By Jowl theater company; toured with "The Duchess of Malfi"|
|Portrayed governent agent Tom Quinn on "Spooks" (BBC) (aired as "MI-5" on A&E)|
|Played Athos in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"|
|Cast in the TV production of "Wuthering Heights" by David Skynner|
|Toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "School for Scandal"|
|Appeared in "The Way We Live Now" by David Yates|
|Cast as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"|
David Matthew Macfadyen was born Oct. 17, 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. His mother was an actress and drama teacher, and his grandfather a director of amateur theater. He attended schools in England, Scotland and Indonesia before he enrolled in Oakham School in Rutland to study drama. At age 17, he was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he remained from 1992-1995, and upon graduation, joined renowned theater company Cheek and Jowl. With a 1995 production of "The Duchess of Malfi" as Antonio; a 1996 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as Demetrius, and a 1998 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" as Benedick, Macfadyen became a much-lauded and sought-after British stage actor, whose first foray into television was in the updated "Wuthering Heights" (PBS, 1998). The actor next drew raves with "Warriors" ("Peacekeepers") (BBC One, 1999); the BAFTA-winning Best TV Drama told the disheartening tale of a British group of peacekeepers who served in Bosnia during the 1993 ethnic cleansing.
Continuing with numerous performances, Macfadyen was part of the comedy ensemble of "Maybe Baby" (2000), a submarine commander in Michael Apted's "Enigma" (2001), and won raves as the dutiful son who uncovered revelations at his family reunion in "Perfect Strangers" (BBC Two, 2001). Macfadyen next joined the television show that became his proper homeland introduction. "Spooks" ("MI-5") (BBC One, 2002- ) was the suspense drama that Macfadyen starred in until 2004, as Tom Quinn, the Senior Case Officer made to thwart terrorists in his quest for democracy. Not only did the TV thriller place Macfadyen on the radar, but the actor also married his co-star, Keeley Hawes, in 2004, two months before the birth of their first child. Also that year, Macfadyen won the New Zealand Screen Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of a war photographer in the drama "In My Father's Den" (2004).
In the much-lauded classic love story "Pride & Prejudice" (2005), Macfadyen received blissful praise for his sympathetic interpretation of Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet. Off-screen, his second child was born in 2006. In Frank Oz's outrageous black comedy "Death at a Funeral" (2007), Macfadyen - whose real-life wife Hawes played his spouse - was the central calming figure amidst familial chaos as he attends his father's anything-but-traditional memorial. Macfadyen next won the Royal Television Society's 2008 Best Actor Award for his controversial turn as a recently released pedophile seeking help to control his predilection toward children in "Secret Life" (Channel 4, 2007). Later, Macfadyen found himself part of the lauded ensemble in the Oscar-nominated rendition - based on Peter Morgan's celebrated play - of the historic televised encounter between disgraced President Richard Nixon and British talk-show host David Frost, in "Frost/Nixon" (2008). In the film, directed by Ron Howard, Macfadyen played Frost's tenacious producer, John Birt.
Continuing his hot streak, Macfadyen starred in the 14-episode satirical Dickens miniseries "Little Dorrit" (BBC One, 2008). The serial won several Emmys and was revered as much in the U.S. as the U.K. Opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Macfadyen was featured as the husband of "Enid" (BBC, 2009), the dramatic tale of the beloved author Enid Blyton, and her preference for her adoring public over her family. The actor next joined Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in Sherwood Forest for the epic days of archer Sir Robin Longstride's rise to infamy in "Robin Hood" (2010). With a monster budget, elaborate action sequences, and all-star cast helmed by Ridley Scott, the film featured Macfadyen in the central role of the conflicted Sheriff of Nottingham. Though the movie received decidedly mixed reviews, most critics glowingly acknowledged Macfadyen in his role. In one of his more high-profile television projects, he headlined a joint Canadian and German co-produced miniseries adaptation of Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" (CBC/TMN, 2010). The mid-12th-century tale detailed the building of a cathedral in Kingsbridge, England, and featured Macfadyen as both a monk and the munificent ruler of Kingsbridge. Switching to swashbuckling mode as Athos in a big-budget remake of "The Three Musketeers" (2011), he also reunited with "Pride & Prejudice" director Joe Wright and star Keira Knightley for another literary adaptation, the 2012 version of "Anna Karenina." The same year, Macfadyen returned to his scrappier television roots, portraying the lead character of Detective Inspector Edmund Reid on the gritty period crime series "Ripper Street" (BBC, 2012-).
|Myles||Step-Son||Mother, Keeley Hawes|
|Keeley Hawes||Wife||Met 2002 when they co-starred on BBC series "Spooks"; Married Oct. 8, 2004|
|Maggie MacFadyen||Daughter||Born December 2004; mother, Keeley Hawes|
|Ralph MacFadyen||Son||Born September 2006; mother, Keeley Hawes|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|"I'm always surprised when people say, 'Crikey, we didn't know you could do comedy!''' -- from The Telegraph, Feb. 2, 2010|
|"The lovely thing about being an actor is being anonymous, it's never having to explain yourself. And that's what I find interesting about actors or painters I admire. I don't want to know about their lives. I don't really want to know what Anthony Hopkins has for breakfast." -- from The Guardian, Oct. 25, 2008|
|Macfadyen rarely appeared in productions with a contemporary setting outside of his role on "Spooks."|
|"I approached Darcy as I would any other part. You'd never play Hamlet, for example, if you started worrying about who's played it before you. The same with a lot of parts. That's the nature of it, you just get on with it." -- Macfadyen quoted by BBC, September 2005|
|Macfadyen was once contacted about playing James Bond, but he wasn't interested in the iconic part.|
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