Matthew Macfadyen has just finished filming the feature Frost/Nixon, based on the award-winning play written by Peter Morgan which depicted the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. Directed by Ron Howard, Matthew plays the character of John Birt, the producer of Frost’s TV show. Also this year, Matthew has filmed Incendiary, adapted from the novel of the same name by Chris Cleave. A contemporary drama about the emotional aftermath of a suicide bombing in London, the film, from the producers of Girl With A Pearl Earring, also stars Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor.
This month Matthew will be seen in the black comedy Death At A Funeral, directed by Frank Oz and co-starring Rupert Graves, Ewen Bremner and Keeley Hawes. Earlier this year Matthew received exceptional reviews when he returned to the stage in The Pain And The Itch at the Royal Court Theatre and on television, audiences last saw him in the Channel 4 drama, Secret Life in which the drama received outstanding reviews.
In September 2005, Matthew won critical acclaim for the lead role of Mr Darcy in the adaptation of Pride And Prejudice directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright, co-starring Keira Knightley. Also in 2005, Matthew was nominated for Best Actor for his role in In My Father’s Den at the British Independent Film Awards. Directed by Brad McGann, Matthew played the lead of Paul, a disillusioned war journalist. Matthew’s other film credits include: Middletown, The Reckoning, Enigma and Maybe Baby.
He is well known for his portrayal of Tom in the first three series of the BBC television drama Spooks, which won BAFTA & Royal Television Society awards. He also starred in The Project (BBC), The Way We Live Now (BBC), Perfect Strangers (Talkback TV), Bloodline (BBC), Warriors (BBC) and Wuthering Heights (LWT).
On stage Matthew has received critical acclaim in productions such as Henry IV Parts I & II (National Theatre) Battle Royal (National Theatre/RSC/Stratford), School For Scandal (Barbican/Cheek by Jowl), Much Ado About Nothing (West End), Duchess Of Malfi (West End/New York) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC).
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