On June 12 2007, Matthew was convicted of punching and pushing his former girlfriend, actress Brooke Satchwell and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to common assault. After appealing the conviction in July 2007, a Sydney judge quashed the assault conviction against him.
On 16th January, 2007, Nova FM radio station released Matt from his contract, believed to be worth up to $200,000 a year.
Sub-standard coverage, simulated sex, bad language and gross innuendo had Channel Ten's inaugural coverage of the 2006 New Year party being labelled the worst ever. The harshest criticism was reserved for the antics of Matt, who appeared on The John Foreman Show. Matt simulated oral sex with John Foreman while the two sat at a piano, with many people claiming Matt also appeared to be affected by alcohol.
On New Year's Eve 2006, Matt performed the Oasis song Wonderwall for audiences in Australia.
Matt co-write and directed the award winning film Right Here Right Now.
In 2006, Matt was a break-out star in the first and second seasons of Thank God You're Here.
In 1988, Matt graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) with a degree in Performing Arts.
Matt was the long-time boyfriend of actress Brooke Satchwell until they split just prior to Christmas 2006. After the split, Brooke pulled out of the bridal party for Matt's sister, Lauren's, wedding to swimmer Matt Welsh.
In 2002, Matt won a Logie Award for his role in the series Changi.
Matt attended Xavier College.
Matt: (on the ups & downs of trying to make it as an actor in Australia) I don't think about it, really. When I'm working, it's the best job in the world. Any stress you get is certainly less than I imagine a mum has who is trying to feed five kids every night!
Matt: I was always going to be an actor. It was a given.
Matt: (on the appeal of the show, Thank God You're Here) There is a purity to that kind of format. You just to let go of so many things because you don't have any time for them when you're up there for three and a half minutes having been thrown into this scenario. I approach it like an actor – trying to work out the circumstances and how I can play a character within those circumstances – and that's the trick I've discovered for myself. If you approach a comedy trying to be funny, you're in a lot of trouble. My favourite comedies are the ones played absolutely straight, so that's the trick I've learnt.
Matt: (on showing his comedic talents) It's always been something I've really liked, and I've spent a lot of the formative years of this career – if you can call it that – playing characters who were kind of serious. So it's been a nice holiday to do Stupid Stupid Man and certainly Thank God You're Here. I do like the immediacy of the response with comedy; often with drama it's more of a cumulative thing. You can get huge rewards doing both, though, and I don't approach them any differently.
Matt: They (his parents) taught me a sense of honesty, particularly my mum. She's very upfront. I remember the opening night of Assassins at NIDA and I had a lead role. The show went really well and I joined the crowd afterwards and I saw Mum crossing the foyer. She'd just arrived in Sydney and she walked straight up to me and I put my arms out. And the first thing she said was, 'You don't call that an opening night outfit, look at those pants.' Then she hugged me and said, 'You were very good.' She just had to get it off her chest.
Matt: A teacher at NIDA taught me - it's about acting but it can apply to life - that you shouldn't try to control things that are outside your control because that will make you lose control of everything. You just have to get on and do it and be true to yourself.