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.
2013: The Americans - Phillip Jennings
2012: The Scapegoat
2012: The Mystery of Edwin Drood - John Jasper
2011: Everything Carries Me to You - Damien
2006-2011: Brothers & Sisters (TV series) - Kevin Walker
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
1997: Backup (TV series) - PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson/PC Steve'Hiccup' Higson
1997: House of America - Boyo