Matthew Rhys

 

Date Of Birth

November 8, 1974
 

Biography

Welsh actor Matthew Rhys Evans was born on November 4, 1974 in Cardiff, Wales. Educated entirely through the Welsh language, he eventually entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London after appearing as Elvis Presley in a school musical at age 17. He entered the school through a Patricia Rothermere Scholarship; during his time at RADA, he took several acting roles, including a recurring role in the British police drama Back-up. His later performance in the Welsh-language film Bydd yn Wrol earned him the Welsh BAFTA award for best actor.

Rhys made his name through projects across the world. In 1998, he joined the cast of the New Zealand costume drama Greenstone. This was followed by a supporting role in Titus, a 1999 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s work; he appeared alongside Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. In 2000, he played the lead role in the British dramatic miniseries Metropolis, which revolves around the lives of six twentysomethings living in London. He appeared in the stage adaptation to the film The Graduate in 2000; the premiere, where he also appeared, opened to critical acclaim.

Rhys later appeared in other films, such as Peaches, The Abduction Club and Love and Other Disasters. In 2006, he broke into the American entertainment scene, when he took a regular role in the drama series Brothers & Sisters. There, he played the role of Kevin Walker, the fourth of five Walker children, who worked as a lawyer. His role as the executor of his father’s (Tom Skerritt) estate led to him meeting Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane), and he would later reveal his homosexual orientation. His character was involved in a remarkable storyline; his marriage to Scotty was the first such scene on American television, and received praise from numerous gay rights groups.

Following his stint on Brothers and Sisters, Rhys appeared in movies like The Scapegoat and Everything Carries Me to You. He was also cast on the 2013 TV series The Americans.

Despite his success as an actor, however, Rhys admitted that he’d be willing to forego all of this for a chance to represent Wales as a rugby player.
 

Place of Birth

Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
 

Birth Name

Matthew Rhys Evans
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

- He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

- He was the first person to receive the Lady Rothermere Award.

- His best friend is actor Ioan Gruffudd.

 

Filmography

2013: The Americans - Phillip Jennings

2012: The Scapegoat

2012: Masterpiece

2012: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - John Jasper

2011: Everything Carries Me to You - Damien

2006-2011: Brothers & Sisters (TV series) - Kevin Walker

2010: Patagonia

2010: Luster - Joseph Miller

2009: Think Tank (short) - Marc

2008: Nadolig Plentyn Yng Nghymru (TV movie) - The Old Man (voice)

2008: Looking Over: The Edge of Love (video short) - Dylan Thomas

2007: Virgin Territory - Count Dzerzhinsky

2007: Brothers & Sisters: Family Album (TV movie) - Kevin Walker

2006: Love and Other Disasters - Peter Simon

2006: Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (TV movie) - Lord Byron

2004: Fakers - Nick Edwards

2003: P.O.W. (TV series) - Alfie Harris

2003: Otherworld - Lleu Llaw Gyffes

2003: Partners and Crime (TV movie)

2003: Columbo (TV series) - Justin Price

2002: Deathwatch - Cpl. Doc Fairweather

2002: The Abduction Club - James Strang

2002: Shooters - Eddie

2001: The Lost World (TV movie) - Edward Malone

2001: Very Annie Mary (TV movie) - Nob

2001: Tabloid - Darren Daniels

2000: Peaches - Frank

2000: The Testimony of Taliesin Jones - Jonathan

2000: Sorted - Carl

2000: Metropolis (TV mini-series) - Matthew

1999: Titus - Demetrius

1999: Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? - Ray Smith

1999: Heart - Sean McCardle

1999: Greenstone (TV series) - Sam Markham

1998: Elizabeth

1997: Backup (TV series) - PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson/PC Steve'Hiccup' Higson

1997: House of America - Boyo
 

Height

5'11''(180cm)

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