About Matthew Macfadyen
David Matthew Macfadyen was born Oct. 17, 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, to parents Martin and Menir. Macfadyen - whose mother was an actress and drama teacher, and his grandfather a director of amateur theater - 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 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 to churn out 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 from 2002-04, 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 who, after returning home in the wake of his father's death, starts an unusual friendship with a young girl who goes missing in "In My Father's Den" (2004).
In the BAFTA, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated classic love story "Pride and Prejudice" (2005), Macfadyen received blissful praise for his sympathetic interpretation of Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley's Elizabeth Bennet. Off screen, Macfadyen's 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 onscreen spouse - was the central calming figure amidst familial chaos as he attends his father's anything-but-traditional funeral service. Macfadyen next won the Royal Television Society's 2008 Best Actor Award for his controversial turn as a recently released pedophile who sought help to control his predilection toward children in "Secret Life" (Channel 4, 2007), and was a senior anti-terrorist police officer in the explosive thriller "Incendiary" ("Blown Apart") (2008), starring Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor. Next, 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 TV talk-show host David Frost, in "Frost/Nixon" (2008). In the film, directed by Ron Howard, Macfadyen played Frost's resolute producer, John Birt.
Continuing his hot streak, Macfadyen starred in the 14-episode Dickens miniseries "Little Dorrit" (BBC One, 2008). The famous work of satire explored the ineptitude of the government, the debtors' prison, and the unrequited love between lead characters Amy and Arthur. 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, Macfadyen was central as 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.
|Keeley Hawes. Met in 2002 when they co-starred on the BBC series "Spooks"; married Oct. 8, 2004; mother of his two children; also has a son, Myles (born in 2000) from a previous marriage to a cartoonist|
|James MacFadyen. Younger|
|Maggie MacFadyen. Born in December 2004; mother, Keeley Hawes|
|Ralph MacFadyen. Born in September 2006; mother, Keeley Hawes|
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Cast as Athos in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers"|
|Cast the Sheriff of Nottingham in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"|
|Cast as the male lead Arthur Clennam in the BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Little Dorrit"|
|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"|
|Portrayed Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley in "Pride and Prejudice," an adaptation of the Jane Austen classic|
|Played Prince Hal opposite Sir Michael Gambon in "Henry IV" at Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre|
|Portrayed governent agent Tom Quinn on "Spooks" (BBC) (aired as "MI-5" on A&E)|
|Appeared in "The Way We Live Now" by David Yates|
|Cast in the TV production of "Wuthering Heights" by David Skynner|
|Cast in the TV movie "Warriors" (BBC America) by Peter Kosminsky about soldiers in Bosnia|
|Toured with Cheek By Jowl in the production of "Much Ado About Nothing"|
|Toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company in productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "School for Scandal"|
|Joined the Cheek By Jowl theater company; toured with "The Duchess of Malfi"|