Before Emmerdale Matthew treaded the boards in the musical Saturday Night Fever.
Ironically Matthew's first job was as an extra on Emmerdale on which he now plays David Metcalfe.
His long-term girlfriend is dancer Joanne Cavanagh.
When he was 16 Matthew fell from gymnast rings and was nearly left crippled.
Matthew is a former David Beckham look-a-like.
Matthew appeared on ITV's Soapstar Superstar where he finished in 9th place.
Befor landing the role of David Metcalfe on Emmerdale Matthew auditioned for the role of Eli Dingle.
Before becoming an actor Matthew was a gymnast.
As a teenager he attended Brighouse High School.
Matthew: (On looking like David Beckham) I don't think I'm better looking than him but I am younger!
Matthew: (On his long term girlfriend Joanne) We've been together five years and we met on my first job out of college which ironically was Romeo And Juliet but we weren't playing the lead roles. Joanne has a great laugh when I'm described as a heartthrob as she's seen me on my bad hair days!
Matthew: (On his on-screen father in Emmerdale Chris Chittell) I've really enjoyed doing scenes with Chris and I've started calling him 'Dad'. Some people on the set have said that we actually resemble each other."
Matthew: (On his arrival in Emmerdale) When he turns up everyone falls in love with David apart from Eric who is gobsmacked and refuses to believe that it's true.
Matthew: (On his love for gymnastics) I started gymnastics when I was six and I still miss it.
Matthew: (On his freak accident) I was training with the British squad when I came off the rings, apparatus fell on my head and damaged my lower back badly enough to prevent me ever doing gymnastics again.
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