Fast Facts

  • Hails from a family of Welsh and Scottish heritage; raised throughout the United Kingdom and Indonesia as the son of an oil worker.
  • Attended schools in England, Indonesia and Scotland.
  • Has graced the London stage since 1995, gaining acclaim for roles as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (in a rare departure from his taut, serious image) and as Prince Hal in Henry IV. 
  • Met his wife, actress Keeley Hawes, while starring in the BBC television series Spooks (which aired as MI-5 on A&E Network in the U.S.).
  • Nominated for a London Film Critics Circle Award for his role as Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice.


  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Martin Macfadyen — Father
  • Myles Hawes — Stepson
  • Keeley Hawes — Wife
  • Maggie Macfadyen — Daughter
  • Ralph Macfadyen — Son
  • Meinir Owen — Mother


  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England


  • Birth Name: David Matthew Macfadyen
  • Birth Place: Great Yarmouth, England
  • Profession: Actor

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