Matthew Rhys

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Matthew Rhys

Born

11/4/1974, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Birth Name

Matthew Rhys Evans

Gender

Male
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Matthew Rhys is Welsh. He began his acting career on stage, and was a breakout star in plays such as Peaches and the stage-adaptation of The Graduate. His success in Britain led him to television, making him one of the country's hottest exports to the US. He has…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2009 Matthew provided commentaries for the episodes Troubled Waters Parts 1 and 2 for Brothers And Sisters Season 3 DVD.

    • In 2008 Matthew provided a commentary for the episodes Home Front and Prior Commitments for the Brothers And Sisters Season Two DVD.

    • In August 2008 Matthew returned home to Cardiff, Wales, to be inducted as a druid by the National Eisteddfod. The Eisteddfod honors people and their contributions to the Welsh culture and life. Matthew will now be known, in honor of the Cardiff river, as Matthew Taf.

    • In 2008 it was rumoured that Matthew had gotten back with his former girlfriend Sienna Miller only for it to be later revealed she was dating his Brothers And Sisters co-star Balthazar Getty.

    • Matthew and his co-star Sally Field were the last actors to be cast on Brothers And Sisters.

    • Matthew is the final actor to play a murderer who was investigated by Peter Falk's Lt. Columbo.

    • Matthew had a small part in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes and Christopher Eccleston, but his part in the movie ended on the editing floor.

    • Matthew has appeared in productions of Romeo And Juliet and Under Milk Wood.

    • Prior to acting, Matthew admitted that he would've been happy to have played rugby for his country.

    • Matthew came in at Number 22 for Sexiest Male in a 2008 poll gay media website Afterelton. The year before he charted in at Number 63.

    • In 2000 Matthew starred in a production of The Graduate as Benjamin along with Kathleen Turner at The Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.

    • In 2007 Matthew submitted a commentary for the episode Affair Of State for the Brothers And Sisters Season 1 DVD box set.

    • In May 2008 Matthew posed for the cover of Out magazine with Dave Annable, Greg Berlanti and William Baldwin. Matthew also appeared on the cover of The Advocate in 2007.

    • Matthew admitted in an interview with Pat Kenny on The Late Late Show that he once lived in Dublin for three months.

    • Matthew's best friend is Ioan Gruffudd. In 2007 Matthew served as one of the best men at Gruffudd's wedding, and wrote a speech for the occasion.

    • Matthew Rhys has previously worked with his Brothers And Sisters co-star Rachel Griffiths in the 2001 film Very Annie Mary.

    • Matthew was the first-ever winner of the Lady Rothemore Award. The award is given to an actor or director that has demonstrated dedication to youth, who then awards a scholarship to a financially needy acting student.

    • Matthew's last name is pronounced "Reese".

    • Matthew received training in acting at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the prestigious school in London.

    • Matthew's first language was Welsh, which he was taught in at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf.

    • Matthew Rhys has blue eyes, brown curly hair and is five feet eleven inches.

  • Quotes

    • Matthew: (on a recent accident): I had to rope a calf and flip it on its back. It nearly pulled me off the horse. Foolishly, I thought I was fine. I grabbed the calf and its hoof went straight into my face. I thought: 'oh my God, my teeth'. I thought I'd lost my teeth. My teeth were fine but my nose was a wreck. It was very swollen the next day and I had two black eyes.

    • Matthew: (on his character Kevin Walker in Brothers And Sisters): I share the commitment-phobic aspect of his character. There are elements of him that I love which I don't have myself. He can be very fearless when he wants to be and very brave when he needs to be, maybe because of his job. I admire him for that. But what I enjoy about playing him is that at one hand, he's this big, tough lawyer and on the other hand, he's this insecure person who has problems with relationships, commitment, finding true love and all that stuff we go through.

    • Matthew: (on playing Dylan Thomas in The Edge Of Love): He's such a Welsh hero. Everyone in Wales is like, 'Oh my God, you're going to be the person to play Dylan Thomas'. I was like, 'Stop saying that'.

    • Matthew: (on how he feels about his success): Yeah for the moment. There'll come a time when they'll say, 'He's too big for his boots. He's changed'.

    • Matthew: (on how he got into acting): I was 17 when I played Elvis in a school production and that's when I got the acting bug, which a bit sad really when you think about it [laughs.] I realised I could maybe make it into a proper job, as it were, when Ioan [Gruffudd], who I was at school with, went to RADA to train. Up until that point I'd always thought RADA was some posh place that was just for English people, but when one of our own ended up there I started to think of it as an achievable goal for someone like me so I auditioned and got in. But, having said that, there was definitely no great master plan to have a big acting career. I just drifted along to begin with. Things just evolved organically, I suppose.

    • Matthew: (on performing The Graduate on stage): I took the part with trepidation because the film was so well known. Dustin Hoffman had cast the part in stone, and here I was a young nobody trying to step into his shoes. But I made sure I did not see the film until after I finished the show.

    • Matthew: (On people's reaction to him playing gay roles): Yeah. I was a little shocked at the reaction of the press at the beginning. A lot of the questions were, you know, "Was it a problem for you to play gay roles?" Or "Were you concerned about getting typecast?" You know, I was a little confused as to why I was getting.

    • Matthew: (On spending Christmas with his family): I'm a Christmas sucker. I'm into the whole Christmas card image. I love the trees, the food, songs, drinking and the pub on Christmas Eve.

    • Matthew: (on working in America): I'm sure very soon the Americans will grow very tired of us, but God bless them for letting us work here.

    • Matthew:(on his celebrity crush) I would like to kidnap Catherine Zeta Jones, but she's taken and I don't fancy a tangle with Michael Douglas.

    • Matthew: (on living with his friend, Ioan Gruffud) It's a bit sad that we're still living together after all these years. Ioan gets upset when I say we're like an old married couple- we've even hired a cleaner...though it was more of a health-oriented decision than anything.

    • Matthew: (on women's reaction to his career) When you say, 'I'm an actor', they think you're either unemployed or living off their tax. Saying you're a fireman is best.

    • Matthew: We've kept that joke (saying 'dad's dead?!' when he is mentioned in the script of "Brothers & Sisters") going much to the annoyance of Sally and Calista (co-stars).

    • Matthew: (on the dynamic between the male cast members of "Brothers & Sisters") We keep complaining, Why don't you write more brother scenes? and they say, Because they take so long to shoot because you're like the Three Stooges.

    • Matthew: (on the cast dynamic of Brothers & Sisters) What I love is that we've sort of taken on a real family status. Sally tells us to 'shut up' whenever we get too boisterous. And Rachel and Calista, as the older sisters, laugh the first two times we tell a joke, and then tell us 'shut up' whenever we milk it.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A great actor! Pob hwyl, Cymro!

    10
    The cast of BROTHERS & SISTERS is arguably the finest ensemble on television today, and just as arguably one of the finest ever. They are all uniformly excellent... and each stands out in his or her own way. Matthew Rhys brings a depth and complexity to his portrayal of Kevin Walker which is truly magisterial: fully three dimensional... and, unlike so many gay characters, neither campy nor fey, neither catty nor effeminate. Unlike Will on WILL & GRACE-- ostensibly the non-swishy character-- Kevin is athletic and even shows up two gun-toting Republicans in a quail hunt. (Will could be somewhat effeminate at times, which became annoying.) Mr Rhys plays Kevin with compassion and understanding: he has a keen intelligence and common sense, he is kind and considerate-- though he can also be moody, even depressive, quick to jump to conclusions and at times sarcastic. But these flaws are explored by Mr Rhys as fully as the virtues. Indeed, Mr Rhys is so good at bringing Kevin to life that there is no way of inferring what Mr Rhys' own sexual orientation actually is. Indeed, I am reasonably convinced that he is quite heterosexual in real life, and he has almost always played straight men through his career (or such of it as I have watched). All in all, Mr Rhys is a splendid actor, and his characterization of Kevin Walker is flawless. As indeed are those of his peers on this wonderful cast.

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  • Matthew Rhys currently plays Kevin Walker on Brothers & Sisters.

    10
    It's hard for me to believe that not even a whole year ago, I had never heard of Matthew Rhys. He's so incredibly talented. I first became familiar with Matthew when I started watching Brothers & Sisters where he currently plays Kevin Walker when it started this past fall, and Kevin instantly became my number one favorite character on the show. Matthew plays the role of Kevin very, very well. He does such a good job of portraying the complexity of the role. He's always very funny when he plays Kevin, but Matthew is also very good at playing the dramatic side of Kevin. It was only a few weeks ago that I found that Matthew is Welsh. He does such a good job of speaking with an American when he's playing Kevin. I couldn't even tell that he Welsh until I saw an interview that he did for TV. All in all, Matthew Rhys is an incredibly talented actor, and I hope that Brothers & Sisters stays on the air for many more years to come so I continue to watch the character grow and involve. Even when Brothers & Sisters does end, I will definitely continue to follow Matthew's work as an actor.moreless
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