Matthew Rhys

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Matthew Rhys

Rhys in June 2011
BornMatthew Rhys Evans
(1974-11-08) 8 November 1974 (age 37)
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Years active1997-present
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Matthew Rhys

Rhys in June 2011
BornMatthew Rhys Evans
(1974-11-08) 8 November 1974 (age 37)
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Years active1997-present
For the rugby player see Matthew Rees. For the novelist, see Matt Rees.

Matthew Rhys Evans (born on 8 November 1974), known professionally as Matthew Rhys, is a Welsh actor, best known as Kevin Walker on the U.S. ABC family drama Brothers & Sisters, and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love.


Early life

Rhys was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of Glyn Evans, a headmaster, and Helen Evans, a teacher.[1] He grew up in Cardiff along with his older sister Rachel Evans, who is now a BBC broadcast journalist. Rhys was educated via the Welsh language (Cymraeg)-medium schools, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd (in Whitchurch, Cardiff) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (in Llandaff North, Cardiff).

Aged 17, after playing Elvis Presley in a school musical, he applied and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Shortly thereafter, in 1993, he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.[2] During his time at RADA, Rhys appeared in Back-Up, the BBC police series about the operational support units Hooli Vans, as well as in House of America. He returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film, Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave), for which he won Best Actor at the Bafta Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs).


Rhys at the 2007 GLAAD Awards

In January 1998, Rhys went to New Zealand to star in Greenstone, a colonial costume drama for television. He then landed a role in Titus, Julie Taymor's adaptation of Titus Andronicus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Next he played Ray in Peter Hewitt's film comedy, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? After returning to Wales, he did two consecutive films with Jonathan Pryce: The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, a film about a dysfunctional single-parent family in which he played the elder son, and Sara Sugarman's comedy Very Annie Mary, in which he played the role of Nob. Rhys would later reunite with Very Annie Mary star Rachel Griffiths on Brothers & Sisters.

In 2000, Rhys played the lead role in Metropolis, a drama series for Granada TV about the lives of six twenty-somethings living in London. Next he starred in Peaches, the film of the play written and directed by Nick Grosso. Rhys starred as Benjamin in the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate, alongside Kathleen Turner at The Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

Rhys traveled to Ireland to star in the 18th century swashbuckling adventure, The Abduction Club. He played the lead role of Darren Daniels in Tabloid, and then returned to New Zealand to shoot the epic drama Lost World for the BBC. His other film credits include the independent horror film Deathwatch in Prague and Fakers, a comic crime caper. He appeared opposite the late Brittany Murphy in the independent feature Love and Other Disasters, in Virgin Territory opposite Hayden Christensen, Tim Roth and Mischa Barton, and playing poet Dylan Thomas in the love quadrangle biopic The Edge of Love.

Rhys was adamant he could happily give up his career to play international rugby for his country.[3]

On 15 July 2008, Rhys was honoured by Aberystwyth University as a Fellow.[4] On 8 August 2008, he was honoured at the Welsh National Eisteddfod by being accepted as a member to the druidic order of the Gorsedd of the Bards,[5] for his contributions to the Welsh language and Wales. His bardic name in the Gorsedd is Matthew Tâf. In August 2009, Rhys took to the stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as part of the National Eisteddfod.[6]

Airing on 10-11 January 2012, Rhys will appear in the BBC Two two-part drama adaptation (written by Gwyneth Hughes[7] and directed by Diarmuid Lawrence) of Charles Dickens' last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, left unfinished at his death in 1870.[8] The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired it as one feature-length episode on 15 April 2012.

In 2012 Rhys will reprise Sir Alec Guinness's 1959 double role of John Barratt/Jacques De Gué in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1957 novel The Scapegoat. [9] The Scapegoat went into production on location in London in November 2011 and will be released for cinema audiences worldwide, a theatrical distribution managed by Content Media following its screening on ITV1 in April 2012. Also, in 2012, Rhys is set to play "Jimmy" with the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's play, Look Back in Anger. Look Back in Anger is set to open officially on 2 February at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The production will play a limited engagement through 8 April 2012.[citation needed]

Personal life

Rhys is close friends with actor Ioan Gruffudd, and they shared a house for nearly 10 years.[3] He served as a best man at Gruffudd's wedding, and wrote a speech for the occasion.[10] Both men are patrons of Trust PA, a UK spinal injuries charity.

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Selected filmography

2013The AmericansPhillip JenningsTV drama series on FX (in production)
2012The ScapegoatJohn Standing/Johnny SpenceNovel adaptation
2012The Mystery of Edwin DroodJohn JasperTwo-part TV drama
2011Everything Carries Me To YouDamienShort by Emma Holly Jones - see external link below
2010PatagoniaMateoNot short-listedAcademy Award for best foreign language film
2009The Think TankMarcShort by Peter Calloway - see external link below
2008The Edge of LoveDylan Thomas
2007Virgin TerritoryCount Dzerzhinsky
2006Love and Other DisastersPeter Simon
2006Beau Brummell: This Charming ManLord Byron
2006–2011Brothers & SistersKevin Walker(TV series; 109 episodes); directed four episodes
2004FakersNick Edwards
2003P.O.WAlfie Harris
2003Columbo Likes the NightlifeJustin Price
2003Y MabinogiLleu Llaw Gyffes(Voice role)
2002DeathwatchCpl. Doc Fairweather
2002The Abduction ClubJames Strang
2001The Lost WorldEdward Malone
2001Very Annie MaryNob
2000A History of Britain(Voice role; TV series)
1999Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?Ray Smith


YearPlayRoleWriter/DirectorVenue or Company
2012Look Back in AngerJimmyJohn Osborne/Sam GoldRoundabout Theatre Company
2004MacBethMacDuffWilliam Shakespeare/Bill Alexander (director)The Young Vic
2004King LearEdmundWilliam Shakespeare/Bill Alexander (director)Royal Shakespeare Company
2004Romeo and JulietRomeoWilliam Shakespeare/Peter Gill (playwright)Royal Shakespeare Company
2003Under Milk WoodMog EdwardsDylan Thomas/Michael BogdanovNew Theatre (Cardiff)
2002The AssociateTinySimon BentRoyal National Theatre
2000The GraduateBenjamin BraddockCharles Webb (author)/Terry Johnson (dramatist)Gielgud Theatre
1997Stranger's House (Fremdes Haus)YanneDea Loher[12]/Mary PeateRoyal Court Theatre
1997One More Wasted YearPierreChristophe Pellet/Mary PeateRoyal Court Theatre
1997Grace NoteNickSamuel Adamson/Dominic DromgooleThe Old Vic
1997Cardiff EastTommyPeter Gill (playwright)Royal National Theatre

Other projects, contributions


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