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Rhys, Matthew Biography




biography of Rhys, Matthew

Matthew Rhys Evans
8 November 1974, Cardiff, Wales, UK
5' 11"


-   Best friends with 'Ioan Gruffudd' (qv).

-   First recipient of the Lady Rothermere Award

-   Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

-   First language is Welsh

-   He was educated in the Welsh language at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd, Whitchurch, Cardiff.

-   He played Justin Price in _"Columbo" (1971) {Columbo Likes the Nightlife (#13.5)}_ (qv) and is therefore the final actor to play a murderer who was investigated by 'Peter Falk (I)' (qv)'s Lt. Columbo.

-   Lived with fellow Welsh actor and friend 'Michael Sheen' (qv) for some time in Los Angeles. They had previously shared a flat when living in London.

-   Shared a flat in London with good friends and fellow Welsh actors 'Ioan Gruffudd' (qv) and 'Michael Sheen' (qv).


-   Played the title role in "The Graduate" based on the novel by 'Charles Webb (I)' (qv) - Gielgud Theatre, London (2000).

-   His National Theatre credits include: Tiny in "The Associate", a new play by 'Simon Bent' (August 2002, Lyttleton Loft), and Tommy in "Cardif East" a new play by 'Peter Gill' (1997, also New Theatre, Cardiff).

-   Played Nick in "Grace Note", a new play by 'Samuel Adamson' (qv) - Old Vic Theatre, London (1997).

-   His credits at London's Royal Court Theatre include: Pierre in "One More Wasted Year" by 'Christophe Pellet' (qv) and Yanne in "Stranger's House" by Dea Loher (1997).

-   Played the First Voice in "Under Milk Wood" by 'Dylan Thomas (I)' (qv) - Grand Theatre, Swansea/ New Theatre, Cardiff (2003).

-   His Royal Shakespeare Company credits include: Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet" and Edmund in "King Lear" (2004).

-   (2000) He acted in Terry Johnson's stage version of "The Graduate" at the Gielgud Theatre in London, England with Kathleen Turner and Kelly Reilly.


-   It was perfect because as a kid I loved historical dramas like The Flashing Blade and Zorro, I grew up running around the garden with swords, pretending I was on a horse so when I read this script I thought, 'God, I can do this for real'. Sometimes, historical movies have been seen as a bit naff but this is very slick and there are so many elements to it.

-   [Of his professional relationship with 'Ioan Gruffudd' (qv)]: The first time I worked with Ioan, playing a gay couple together, it was mad and a lot of fun. A scream. We were given free range, so we took a bit of a risk and had fun with the characters. Which is also dangerous. Because we've got so much history maybe we were in danger of going over the top, I don't know. Maybe some people think we have. It was just like being at home messing about in the flat. We do have a few characters that we like to mess about with. These two established themselves on the tube ride, when we used go to college and back everyday, and we went from there. It was a gift really. I'm not at all worried about playing a gay couple with Ioan. In all honesty there have been the rumours, which we have heard, that we are gay in real life. What do you do? You laugh. Good luck. No, they are a light-hearted couple in the film. Even if we played a couple who the film centred around and it was a serious piece and they were lovers, if the work's good and we want to do it, we'll do it.

-   [When he was playing the role of an angry man]: He's tired of the aristocratic oppressive rulers of England, he wants to get out and make a new world for himself. He's very interested in change and progress - he hates the suffocating feeling that heritage and ritual imposes on him. He's also very idealistic and very determined in what he wants. He's a believer and he'll follow through to the end. I can be like that.

-   Don't ask me why. I thought maybe I'd be a farmer. That was another silly notion. I think I'd last about five minutes, being a farmer.

-   [As to how he would best describe 'Sally Field' (qv), as a relative on _"Brothers & Sisters" (2006)_ (qv)]: I call Sally Field America's Mother! She is incredible to watch. And she really is doing it. There was one scene where she was chopping in the kitchen and afterwards she came out with a bowl of guacamole!

-   [on his on- and off-screen chemistry with 'Sally Field' (qv), who plays Nora Walker]: One time she was in the kitchen and she likes to sort of prepare things in the scene, I wasn't really paying attention, and she's chopping away ... and she just presents this huge bowl of guacamole! That's a testament to Sally Field because I'm concentrating on just about getting by and remembering my lines - she's doing that and preparing guacamole for the rest of the cast!

-   [Of 'Sally Field' (qv)]: With regards to Sally Field, she's everything you wanted to be. I've called her 'America's Mother.' She is, she assumes our nature grows within our group, and looks after us, and keeps up in line --- an amazing president with her work ethic. And she makes guacamole. We did this one scene [the kitchen scene], she always like to be busy with a scene and doing real things, and she gives us some things to do, I don't usually pay attention. And throughout causing the scenes, she'd be chopping and blah, blah, blah. Then at the end, she held up this bowl of guacamole and everyone made this. I don't think anyone was surprised, because for the moment, of course, you made guacamole during a scene. We could barely stand up straight and remember our lines.


-   "Glamour" (UK), August 2002, Iss. 17, pg. 164, by: Deborah Joseph, "Celtic Cuties - Matthew Rhys"

-   "Esquire" (Britain), October 2000, Vol. 10, Iss. 10, pg. 284, by: Toby Wiseman, "The Making of a Man"


-   "Empire" (UK), August 2002, Iss. 158, pg. 36, by: Emma Cochrane, "Talent: Watch this face"

-   "Elle Magazine" (UK), April 2000, pg. 136-142, by: Sarah Bailey, "The Trouble With Boys"

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  1. "Big Morning Buzz Live" (2011) {Cast of Love & Hip Hop/Matthew Rhys/Asa Soltan Rahmati/Walk the Moon (#7.6)}
  2. "The Americans" (2013) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  3. "The Americans" (2013) {The Clock (#1.2)}
  4. The Scapegoat (2012)
  5. "Masterpiece Theatre" (1971) {The Mystery of Edwin Drood}
  6. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (2012) {(#1.1)}
  7. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (2012) {(#1.2)}
  8. Everything Carries Me to You (2011)
  9. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Brody (#5.15)}
  10. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Father Unknown (#5.20)}
  11. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {For Better or for Worse (#5.21)}
  12. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Home is Where the Fort Is (#5.16)}
  13. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Never Say Never (#5.18)}
  14. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Olivia's Choice (#5.17)}
  15. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Safe at Home (#5.13)}
  16. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Scandalized (#5.11)}
  17. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Thanks for the Memories (#5.12)}
  18. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The One That Got Away (#5.14)}
  19. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Walker Down the Aisle (#5.22)}
  20. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Wouldn't It Be Nice (#5.19)}
  21. "LA Phil Live" (2011) {Dudamel Conducts Tchaikovsky (#1.2)}
  22. Luster (2010)
  23. Patagonia (2010)
  24. Think Tank (2010)
  25. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {A Bone to Pick (#4.11)}
  26. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {A Righteous Kiss (#5.4)}
  27. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {A Valued Family (#4.15)}
  28. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {An Ideal Husband (#5.6)}
  29. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Brief Encounter (#5.2)}
  30. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Call Mom (#5.5)}
  31. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Cold Turkey (#5.10)}
  32. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Faking It (#5.3)}
  33. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Freeluc.com (#4.17)}
  34. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Get a Room (#5.9)}
  35. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {If You Bake It, He Will Come (#4.20)}
  36. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Leap of Faith (#4.16)}
  37. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Lights Out (#4.23)}
  38. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Love All (#4.22)}
  39. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {On the Road Again (#4.24)}
  40. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Resolved (#5.7)}
  41. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Run Baby Run (#4.13)}
  42. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Homecoming (#5.1)}
  43. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Pasadena Primary (#4.14)}
  44. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Rhapsody of the Flesh (#5.8)}
  45. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Science Fair (#4.12)}
  46. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Time After Time: Part 1 (#4.18)}
  47. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Time After Time: Part 2 (#4.19)}
  48. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Where There's Smoke... (#4.21)}
  49. "Loose Women" (1999) {(#15.60)}
  50. The Ojai Experience (2009) (V)
  51. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {A Father Dreams (#3.11)}
  52. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Almost Normal (#4.3)}
  53. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Breaking the News (#4.2)}
  54. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {From France with Love (#4.4)}
  55. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {It's Not Easy Being Green (#3.13)}
  56. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Julia (#3.22)}
  57. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Last Tango in Pasadena (#4.5)}
  58. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (#3.23)}
  59. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Lost and Found (#3.15)}
  60. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Mexico (#3.24)}
  61. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Missing (#3.20)}
  62. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Nearlyweds (#4.10)}
  63. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Owning It (#3.14)}
  64. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Pregnant Pause (#4.9)}
  65. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {S3X (#3.21)}
  66. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Sibling Rivalry (#3.12)}
  67. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Spring Broken (#3.19)}
  68. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Taking Sides (#3.18)}
  69. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Road Ahead (#4.1)}
  70. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Wig Party (#4.7)}
  71. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Wine Festival (#4.8)}
  72. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Troubled Waters: Part 1 (#3.16)}
  73. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Troubled Waters: Part 2 (#3.17)}
  74. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Zen & the Art of Mole Making (#4.6)}
  75. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003) {(#8.23)}
  76. "Rachael Ray" (2006) {(#3.174)}
  77. "The Bonnie Hunt Show" (2008) {(2009-03-18)}
  78. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#5.91)}
  79. "The View" (1997) {(2009-03-13)}
  80. "The View" (1997) {(2009-11-24)}
  81. Looking Over: The Edge of Love (2008) (V)
  82. Nadolig Plentyn Yng Nghymru (2008) (TV)
  83. The Edge of Love (2008)
  84. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Bakersfield (#3.6)}
  85. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Book Burning (#3.2)}
  86. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Compromises (#2.12)}
  87. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Do You Believe in Magic (#3.7)}
  88. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Double Negative (#2.14)}
  89. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Everything Must Go (#3.4)}
  90. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Glass Houses (#3.1)}
  91. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Going Once... Going Twice (#3.8)}
  92. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Just a Sliver (#3.10)}
  93. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Moral Hazard (#2.15)}
  94. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Prior Commitments (#2.16)}
  95. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Separation Anxiety (#2.13)}
  96. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Feast of Epiphany (#2.10)}
  97. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Missionary Imposition (#2.11)}
  98. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Tug of War (#3.3)}
  99. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Unfinished Business (#3.9)}
  100. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {You Get What You Need (#3.5)}
  101. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2008-05-09)}
  102. Brothers & Sisters: A Family Matter (2007) (TV)
  103. Brothers & Sisters: Family Album (2007) (TV)
  104. Virgin Territory (2007)
  105. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {36 Hours (#2.7)}
  106. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {All in the Family (#1.17)}
  107. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {An American Family (#2.2)}
  108. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Bad News (#1.20)}
  109. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Domestic Issues (#2.5)}
  110. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Family Album}
  111. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Family Day (#1.11)}
  112. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Favorite Son (#1.22)}
  113. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Game Night (#1.19)}
  114. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Grapes of Wrath (#1.21)}
  115. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {History Repeating (#2.3)}
  116. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Holy Matrimony! (#2.9)}
  117. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Home Front (#2.1)}
  118. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Love Is Difficult (#1.15)}
  119. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Matriarchy (#1.23)}
  120. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Sexual Politics (#1.12)}
  121. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Something Ida This Way Comes (#1.13)}
  122. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Something New (#2.8)}
  123. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {States of the Union (#2.4)}
  124. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {The Other Walker (#1.16)}
  125. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Three Parties (#1.18)}
  126. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Two Places (#2.6)}
  127. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Valentine's Day Massacre (#1.14)}
  128. "Richard & Judy" (2001) {(2007-06-29)}
  129. Beau Brummell: This Charming Man (2006) (TV)
  130. Love and Other Disasters (2006)
  131. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Affairs of State (#1.3)}
  132. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {An Act of Will (#1.2)}
  133. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Date Night (#1.5)}
  134. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Family Portrait (#1.4)}
  135. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {For the Children (#1.6)}
  136. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Light the Lights (#1.10)}
  137. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Mistakes Were Made: Part 1 (#1.8)}
  138. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Mistakes Were Made: Part 2 (#1.9)}
  139. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Northern Exposure (#1.7)}
  140. "Brothers & Sisters" (2006) {Patriarchy (#1.1)}
  141. "Corazón de..." (1997) {(2006-07-19)}
  142. Fakers (2004)
  143. Tabloid (2004)
  144. Dal: Yma/Nawr (2003)
  145. Partners and Crime (2003) (TV)
  146. Y Mabinogi (2003)
  147. "Columbo" (1971) {Columbo Likes the Nightlife (#13.5)}
  148. "P.O.W." (2003) {(#1.5)}
  149. Deathwatch (2002)
  150. Shooters (2002)
  151. The Abduction Club (2002)
  152. The Lost World (2001) (TV)
  153. Very Annie Mary (2001)
  154. "Metropolis" (2000)
  155. Peaches (2000)
  156. Sorted (2000)
  157. The Testimony of Taliesin Jones (2000)
  158. "A History of Britain" (2000) {King Death (#1.5)}
  159. "A History of Britain" (2000) {Nations (#1.4)}
  160. "Greenstone" (1999)
  161. Heart (1999)
  162. Titus (1999)
  163. Elizabeth (1998)
  164. House of America (1997)
  165. "Backup" (1995) {A Night Out with the Lads (#2.1)}
  166. "Backup" (1995) {Not Cricket (#2.5)}
  167. "Backup" (1995) {Partners (#2.2)}
  168. "Backup" (1995) {Presence (#2.4)}
  169. "Backup" (1995) {Touched (#2.3)}

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