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Matthew Macfadyen

David Matthew Macfadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to Meinir (Owen), a drama teacher and actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. He is of Scottish and Welsh descent. Because of his father's career, he spent at least part of his childhood in Indonesia, before finishing his education back in England and winning a place at RADA in 1992. He won critical acclaim in the UK with his work with the stage company Cheek By Jowl in the 1990s and was well established as a stage actor when he made his first TV appearance in Wuthering Heights (1998). A couple more TV roles followed but it was his role as Tom Quinn, head of Section D, in the hit BBC series Spooks (2002) that really made his name at home. And, indeed, established his home - he met his wife, Keeley Hawes, while working on the show. A steady stream of TV and film work followed, with his performance as Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice (2005) firmly establishing his name worldwide.

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Cast Credits

Quiz (2020)
Starring as Major Charles Ingram (3 episodes)
Succession (2018)
Starring as Tom Wambsgans (29 episodes)
Howards End (2017)
Starring as Henry Wilcox
The Last Kingdom (2015)
Starring as Lord Uhtred
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as Matthew Macfadyen
Ripper Street (2012)
Starring as Det. Insp. Edmund Reid (36 episodes)
Any Human Heart (2010)
Starring as Logan Mountstuart (Middle) (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (Dec 12, 2010)
  • Episode 1x03: Episode 3 (Dec 5, 2010)
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Nov 28, 2010)
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Little Dorrit (2008)
Starring as Arthur Clennam
Ashes to Ashes (2008)
Guest starring as Gil Hollis
Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial (2006)
Starring as Narrator (3 episodes)
The One Show (2006)
Guest starring as Matthew Macfadyen
Agatha Christie's Marple (2004)
Guest starring as Insp. Neele
Spooks (2002)
Starring as Tom Quinn (18 episodes)
The Way We Live Now (2001)
Starring as Sir Felix Carbury (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Episode 4 (Dec 2, 2001)
  • Episode 1x03: Episode 3 (Nov 25, 2001)
  • Episode 1x02: Episode 2 (Nov 18, 2001)
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Warriors (1999)
Starring as Private Alan James
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