Niall Matter

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Niall Matter
Born(1980-10-20) October 20, 1980 (age 33)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active2007–present
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Niall Matter
Born(1980-10-20) October 20, 1980 (age 33)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Years active2007–present

Niall Matter (born October 20, 1980) is a Canadian actor, best known for his work in the Syfy original series Eureka, playing Zane Donovan.


Born in Edmonton, Alberta, of Irish and Russian descent,[1] Matter worked for eight years (from the ages of 17 to 25) on the oil rigs in Northern Alberta. At the age of 25, Matter had a bad accident on the rig that left him hospitalized and almost led to the amputation of his right leg. He went through six months of rehabilitation to learn to walk again, and then returned to his home in Vancouver. After lying his way into a bartending job (which ultimately lasted for only a month), Matter booked his first lead role in the Syfy original film Beyond Loch Ness. While filming Loch Ness he sent an audition to the producers of The Best Years and ended up booking the role of Trent Hamilton.[2]

This role would propel Matter into guest star slots on the television series: Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, Warehouse 13 and NBC's Fear Itself. It was for his role on Eureka that he garnered some attention and the producers decided to hire him on as a new series regular for the remaining run of the series. During this time, Matter was also attached as a series lead on the ill-fated Lifetime pilot Mistresses.[3]

After testing for the comedy film My Best Friends Girl, Matter appeared as a recurring guest star on both Melrose Place and 90210.[4]

From 2012 to 2013, Matter portrayed the lead character of Evan Cross in the Space series Primeval: New World, a spin-off of the popular British series Primeval.

His notable film credits include Zack Snyder's Watchmen, Secrets of the Summer House starring Lindsay Price, and Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief alongside Peter Coyote.


2008Beyond Loch NessJosh RileyTelevision film
2008Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the ChiefCole FletcherDirect-to-video
2008Secrets of the Summer HousePeter HughesTelevision film
2009WatchmenByron Lewis/Mothman
2010DawnaPimpShort film
2011ExleyGeorge Wilson
2007Best Years, TheThe Best YearsTrent HamiltonMain cast (Season 1)
2007–2012EurekaZane DonovanRecurring (Season 2)

Main Cast (Seasons 3–5)

49 Episodes

2007–2008Stargate AtlantisLt. Kemp2 Episodes
2008Fear ItselfEddieSeason 1 - Episode 6: "New Year's Day"
2009MistressesSam HollisterUnsold Lifetime pilot
2009Warehouse 13Gary WhitmanSeason 1 - Episode 8: "Duped"
2009–2010Melrose PlaceRick Paxton3 Episodes
2011–201290210Greg5 Episodes
2012–2013Primeval: New WorldEvan CrossMain Cast


  2. ^ "TV star Niall Matter talks about Eureka! (Interview, 2 of 2)". YouTube. July 12, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
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  4. ^ "90210 Casting Scoop: Hot for Teacher?". E! Online. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 

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