Fast Facts

  • First language is Welsh.
  • Caught acting bug playing Elvis Presley in a high school musical.
  • Dropped surname, Evans, because there was already a Matthew Evans registered with the British Actors Equity Association.
  • Shared an apartment with childhood friend and fellow Cardiff native Ioan Gruffudd for more than a decade, and was in Gruffudd's wedding party at his 2007 marriage to Alice Evans.
  • Breakthrough role was on stage in London's West End in a 2000 production of The Graduate, starring as Benjamin opposite Kathleen Turner's Mrs. Robinson.
  • Provided the voice of Spiderman in a Welsh translation of the classic cartoon in 2006.
  • Released the photographic travel memoir Patagonia: Crossing the Plain in 2011.
  • Is a patron, along with Ioan Gruffudd, for the spinal-injury charity Trust PA.


  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1996)


  • Birth Name: Matthew Rhys Evans
  • Birth Place: Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
  • Birthday: November 4, 1974, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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