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 36)
Exeter, Devon, England
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children1
RelativesSally Meen (half-sister)
 
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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 36)
Exeter, Devon, England
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Partner(s)Sophie Dymoke (2007–present)
Children1
RelativesSally Meen (half-sister)

Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His notable films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2005), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), and Stoker (2013). In 2014, he began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as Finn Polmar.

Early life[edit]

Goode was born in Exeter, Devon. His father is a geologist and his mother, Jennifer, is a nurse and 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 played Peter Lynley, the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and had parts in the TV movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name, and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode made his American film debut opposite Mandy Moore in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, as the love interest of Moore's character.

Goode co-starred in Woody Allen's thriller Match Point, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, the TV movie My Family and Other Animals, opposite Imelda Staunton, the biographical-musical drama Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger, and Scott Frank's crime drama The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He had a whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right based upon Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.

In 2008, Goode starred in the drama film Brideshead Revisited as Charles Ryder. It was based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name. Jeremy Irons played Charles Ryder in the 1981 serial. In 2009, Goode co-starred opposite Malin Akerman in Zack Snyder's superhero film Watchmen as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, and co-starred opposite Colin Firth in the drama film A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name. In 2010, he co-starred opposite Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year.

In 2013, Goode played the lead in the critically acclaimed, but short-lived BBC Two drama Dancing on the Edge, as magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. That same year, he co-starred opposite Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman in the psychological thriller film Stoker.

Also in 2013, Goode co-starred as George Wickham opposite Matthew Rhys in the three-part BBC murder mystery miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name, and a spin-off of the 1995 drama miniseries Pride and Prejudice to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.[3]

In March 2014, Goode began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife in the middle of the fifth season to replace Josh Charles who played Will Gardner, as Finn Polmar, a State prosecutor. He made his first appearance in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" where Will was killed off.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2007.[5] They have a daughter, Matilda Eve[6] (b. April 2009).[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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
2013StokerUncle Charlie
2013BelleCaptain Sir John Lindsay
2014The Imitation GameHugh Alexander
2015SelflessPost-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Bounty HamsterVarious
2003The Inspector Lynley MysteriesPeter LynleyEpisode: "A Suitable Vengeance"
2004He Knew He Was RightBrooke Burgess2 episodes
2005Agatha Christie's MarplePatrick SimmonsEpisode: "A Murder Is Announced "
2012BirdsongCaptain GrayLead role, 2 episodes
2012The Poison TreeRex ClarkeLead role, 2 episodes
2013Dancing on the EdgeStanley MitchellLead role, 6 episodes
2013Death Comes to PemberleyGeorge WickhamLead role, 3 episodes
2014-presentThe Good WifeFinn PolmarSeries regular

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout Movie Star - MaleChasing LibertyNominated
Choice Movie LiarNominated
2012Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - Leading RoleBurning ManNominated
2013Australian Film InstituteBest Lead ActorNominated
2014Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDancing on the EdgeNominated

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