Matthew Goode

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Matthew Goode
Matthew Goode.jpg
Goode at the Venice Film Festival, 9 November 2009
BornMatthew William Goode
(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 35)
Exeter, Devon, England
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children1
 
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Matthew Goode
Matthew Goode.jpg
Goode at the Venice Film Festival, 9 November 2009
BornMatthew William Goode
(1978-04-03) 3 April 1978 (age 35)
Exeter, Devon, England
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children1

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His notable films have included Chasing Liberty, Match Point, Watchmen, Brideshead Revisited, Leap Year, Imagine Me and You, A Single Man, and Stoker.

Early life[edit]

Born in Exeter, Devon to a geologist and Jennifer, a nurse and an amateur theatre director, Goode is the youngest of five children with a brother, two half brothers, and a half sister television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's previous marriage. He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter .[1][2]

Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon, followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.

Career[edit]

Goode is known for co-starring opposite Mandy Moore in the 2004 film Chasing Liberty, playing the romantic interest of Moore's character. Beforehand, Goode had played the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and had parts in the TV-film Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and the Shakespeare play The Tempest. In recent years he has appeared in the films Match Point, Imagine Me & You, My Family and Other Animals, opposite Imelda Staunton, Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger, and The Lookout. Standing the test of time is his whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC serial based upon Anthony Trollope's He Knew He was Right.

Recent roles have included Charles Ryder in the 2008 film Brideshead Revisited, the role previously taken by Jeremy Irons in the hugely popular 1980s serial. In 2009, Goode played the character of Adrian Veidt in Zack Snyder's Watchmen, and also appeared in the drama A Single Man (2009) (based on the Christopher Isherwood novel of the same name). In 2010, he co-starred opposite Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year.

In 2013, Goode starred in a leading role in the critically acclaimed BBC Two drama series Dancing on the Edge, playing the part of magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. He also starred in the psychological thriller film Stoker in the same year.

Also in 2013, Goode starred as George Wickham alongside Matthew Rhys in the Pride and Prejudice murder-mystery spinoff Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name. This is a new three-part miniseries by the BBC to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of the original Pride and Prejudice novel.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2007.[4] They have a daughter, Matilda Eve[5] (b. April 2009).[6]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2002Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterCasparTelevision film
2003Al sur de Granada (South of Granada)Gerald Brenan
2004Chasing LibertyBen Calder
2005Match PointTom Hewett
2005My Family and Other AnimalsLarry DurrellTelevision film
2006Imagine Me & YouHector
2006Copying BeethovenMartin Bauer
2007Lookout, TheThe LookoutGary Spargo
2008Brideshead RevisitedCharles Ryder
2009WatchmenAdrian Veidt/Ozymandias
2009Single Man, AA Single ManJim
2010Leap YearDeclan O'Callaghan
2010Cemetery JunctionMike Ramsay
2011Burning ManTom
2012BirdsongCaptain GrayBBC TV miniseries
2013Dancing on the EdgeStanley MitchellBBC TV series
2013StokerUncle Charlie
2013BelleCaptain Sir John Lindsay
2013Death Comes to PemberleyGeorge WickhamBBC TV miniseries
2014The Imitation GameHugh Alexander
2014The Good Wife

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (8 September 2011). "The Big Interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/Exeter-pupil-s-Hollywood-hope/story-11845967-detail/story.html
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2013/death-comes-to-pemberley.html
  4. ^ Alice Fisher (21 September 2008). "Brideshead revitalised". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Richard Ouzounian (8 September 2011). "The big interview: Matthew Goode is burning his way to the top". Toronto.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Joan Wagner (6 January 2010). "Matthew Goode's leap year". Oprah.com. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 

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