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Matthew Rhys Biography

Birth Name:
Matthew Rhys Evans
Birth Place:
Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 2021Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2017Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Drama Series: nominated

Relationships