Matthew trained as an actor at the Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre, going on to work in repertory and major regional theatres across the country. He has appeared several times in the West End, as the original Stanley in Funny Peculiar - a role he had created at the Liverpool Everyman, in Waiting For Godot with Ian McKellan and Roger Rees, Tim Firth’s play Sign of the Times, the musical Lend Me A Tenor! and as Lennie in the Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of Of Mice and Men at the Savoy Theatre where his performance won him the Olivier Award for Best Actor.
His other most recent theatre credits include: THE JEW OF MALTA, VOLPONE and LOVE’S SACRIFICE for the RSC, TOAST (Park Theatre & 59E59 in New York), Twelfth Night (Liverpool Everyman), The History Boys (Crucible, Sheffield); To Sir With Love (Northampton & national tour); God of Carnage (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton); The Seagull (Southwark Playhouse); Educating Rita (Menier Chocolate Factory, on tour and Edinburgh Festival); the musicals Spamalot and Legally Blond (National tours); Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare’s Globe); Mirandolina (Manchester Royal Exchange); Amadeus (Wilton’s Music Hall); Oh What a Lovely War! (Octagon, Bolton); Endgame (Liverpool Everyman); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Trafalgar Studios, London).
Matthew’s television work includes: the award winning thriller Cold Blood; Benidorm; Bleak House; Egypt: The Pharaoh and the Showman and The Temple of the Sands; MI High; Moving On; Marple; Casualty; Heartbeat; My Family at War and the documentary series Forensic Casebook - although he is probably best known for presenting You Bet! and Stars in their Eyes.
Pride and Prejudice is coming to Cambridge Corn Exchange from Tue 4 - Sat 8 October
Concessions and group rates available!