Matthew macfayden was born in 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England.
After having studied at the renowned Royal Scademy of Dramatic Art from 1992 to 1995, he quickly became a well-known actor in the theatrical environment.
Some of his works in this area include “The Duchess of Malfi“with theatrical company Cheek by jowl, in which he played Antonio, “The School for Scandal” Y “Much Ado About Nothing”.
In 2005, he played the Prince hal in “Henry IV”, parts one and two, in the Royal National Theater, next to Michael gambon as the protagonist. He also had the role of Clay in the work “The Pain and the Itch”.
Within the realm of TV, his great success came when he appeared as Hareton Earnshaw in “Wuthering Hieghts”(1998), the adaptation of the novel by Emily Bronte.
Matthew has had other appearances in television drama series as in “Warriors“(1999) and”The Way we live Now”(2001), both for the BBC.
Also during 2001, he was critically acclaimed for his leading role in the series “Perfect Strangers” of the BBC2, directed and written by Stephen Poliakoff.
In 2002 he starred in “The Project“, But it was with the series”Spooks“, for the BBC1, which achieved its highest recognition at the same time that it became a popular and critical success.
During 2008, he played Arthur Clennam in “Little Dorrit”, The following year he was seen in the skin of Joe miller in “Criminal justice“, And 2010 are their shares in”The Pillars of Earth”, Where he played Prior Philip, and in “Any Human Heart”, Where he had the role of Logan mountstuart.
As for his film career, he could be seen in films such as “Enigma”, Released in 2001, and with the presence of Kate winslet, Jeremy Northam Y Tom hollander, “The Reckoning“From 2003 and”In My Father’s Den”From 2004.
In 2005, he starred in the movie “Pride and prejudice”, Based on the book by Jane Austen. In it his role was that of Fitzwilliam Darcy and with him, she was as the main actress Keira Knightley.
Important figures such as Donald sutherland , Brenda blethyn, Tom hollander Y Judi Dench.
His other big screen credits include titles like “Grindhouse”, The tape of Frank Oz “Death at a Funeral”, In which he worked together with Rupert Graves, Daisy donovan and his own wife, Keeley Hawes, “Secret life“, A drama of Channel 4 of English television, a role for which he was nominated and later awarded as best actor, receiving the Royal Television Society, had a brief appearance in the comedy “Mr, Bean’s Weeding”, and starred “Incendiary“ based on a novel by Chris cleave, about a woman whose life falls apart when her husband and son are killed by a terrorist attack while she was committing adultery. They also worked on it Michelle Williams Y Ewan McGregor.
It was seen on the skin of John birt in “Frost / Nixon”, In 2010 he participated with Russell crowe Y Cate blanchett in “Robin Hood”, And will be seen shortly with Orlando Bloom Y Ray Stevenson in “The three musketeers“, And in the thriller”The Promised Land“, Both for release scheduled for 2011.
In relation to his personal life, he began a relationship in 2002 with his co-star in “Spooks“, Keeley Hawes. They married in 2004 and had a daughter named Maggie in December of that year. Their second son was born in 2006, and his name is Ralph.
Matthew He is also the stepfather of the son of Keeley, Myles, born in 2000 during her previous marriage to cartoonist Spencer mccallum.