Matthew Rhys

Actor
After starting his career in both Welsh- and British-made cinema and television, classically trained actor Matthew Rhys found stardom on the small screen in the United States playing an openly gay lawyer on "Brothers & ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1974 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (30)

Adam Jones 2015 (Movie)

Reece (Actor)

The Americans 2012 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bastard Executioner 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Comes to Pemberley 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mystery of Edwin Drood 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Brothers & Sisters 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Scapegoat 2011 (Movie)

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Patagonia 2009 (Movie)

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The Edge of Love 2009 (Movie)

Dylan Thomas (Actor)

Fakers 2007 (Movie)

Nick Edwards (Actor)

Love and Other Disasters 2006 (Movie)

Peter Simon (Actor)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

Count Dzerzhinsky (Actor)

Columbo Likes the Nightlife 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Deathwatch 2002 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Taliesin Jones 2002 (Movie)

Taliesin's Brother (Actor)

Very Annie Mary 2002 (Movie)

Nob (Actor)

A History of Britain 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Shooters 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tabloid 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Abduction Club 2001 (Movie)

James Strang (Actor)

Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 2001 (Movie)

Ray Smith (Actor)

Greenstone 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Peaches 2000 (Movie)

Frankie (Actor)

Sorted 2000 (Movie)

Carl (Actor)

Heart 1999 (Movie)

Sean McArdle (Actor)

House of America 1998 (Movie)

Boyo (Actor)

Biography

After starting his career in both Welsh- and British-made cinema and television, classically trained actor Matthew Rhys found stardom on the small screen in the United States playing an openly gay lawyer on "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and an undercover KGB spy on "The Americans" (FX, 2013- ). Prior to his success on both series, Rhys honed his skills on stage and screen in the United Kingdom before landing his first high-profile role as Demetrius in "Titus" (1999). Though he gained exposure for that project, Rhys wallowed a bit in unremarkable films shot in England before landing the role of Kevin Walker on "Brothers & Sisters." During his run on that program, he appeared in indie films like "Love and Other Disasters" (2006) and "Virgin Territory" (2008), and was featured in the acclaimed foreign drama "Patagonia" (2010). After "Brothers & Sisters" was canceled, Rhys moved on to "The Americans" to play Philip Jennings, a sleeper KGB agent trapped between political loyalty and family obligation. Thanks to his leading roles on those two series, Rhys rapidly became a known commodity whose star was continually on the rise.

Relationships

Glyn Evans

Father

Helen Evans

Mother
Works with special needs children

Rachel Evans

Sister

Ciara Parkes

Companion
Reportedly dated from c. 2000-2001

EDUCATION

Ysgol Melin Gruffydd

First met Ioan Gruffudd

Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf

Attended with Gruffudd

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England 1993 - 1996
Awarded the Lady Patricia Rothermere scholarship; Gruffudd was enrolled one year ahead

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with Keri Russell as undercover KGB agents on "The Americans" (FX)

2009

Portrayed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas in "The Edge of Love"

2008

Cast opposite Brittany Murphy in independent feature "Love and Other Disasters"

2006

Cast as Kevin Walker on ABC family drama "Brothers & Sisters"

2002

Portrayed a sleazy chat show host in "Tabloid"

2002

Cast as a WWI soldier in supernatural thriller "DeathWatch"

2001

Played a young Cockney who can't commit in "Peaches"

2001

Teamed with childhood pal Ioan Gruffudd for cameo appearance as a gay couple in "Very Annie Mary"

2001

Played an adventurer on BBC remake of "The Lost World" (shown in the U.S. on A&E)

2000

Played a Yorkshire youth who becomes involved in London's rave scene in "Sorted"

2000

Won plaudits for his turn as a drug addict in British miniseries "Metropolis"

2000

Received critical acclaim as Benjamin opposite Kathleen Turner in stage adaptation of "The Graduate" at London's West End

1999

Featured in "Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?"

1999

Played Demetrius in Julie Taymor's film adaptation of "Titus"

1999

Co-starred with Christopher Eccelston in "Heart"

1999

Acted in four-part miniseries "Greenstone" (aired in the U.S. on Odyssey Network)

1998

Landed small role in Oscar nominated "Elizabeth"

1997

Cast as a policeman on British series "Backup"

1997

Made professional stage acting debut in "Cardiff East"

1996

Made feature acting debut in "House of America"

1991

At age 16, joined National Youth Theatre of Wales

Raised in Cardiff, Wales

Bonus Trivia

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"Being young Welsh actors no longer means we have to play miners." – Rhys quoted in The London Times, May 14, 2000

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Regarding his career, Rhys told British In Style (April 2001); "There really isn't anything I wouldn't do – or haven't done. I've stripped off already. Difficult subjects, taboo subjects – they are all part of the ballgame."

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