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Matthew Gregory Wise (born 15 May 1966) is an English actor and producer. He has appeared in many British television works, as well as several feature films, including the role of John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility, along with his future wife, Emma Thompson.

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Wise at the London Film Festival premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, October 2013
Matthew Gregory Wise

(1966-05-15) 15 May 1966 (age 53)
Alma materHeriot-Watt University
Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1992–present
Emma Thompson (m. 2003)

Early lifeEdit

He was born to architect parents in Newcastle upon Tyne, and was educated at the independent St Peter's School, York. He went to Heriot-Watt University to study architecture and performed with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.[1] Wise then moved to Glasgow where he studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.


Wise, 2009

His television work includes four BBC period dramas: The Moonstone with Keeley Hawes, The Buccaneers alongside Carla Gugino, Madame Bovary with Frances O'Connor, The Riff Raff Element in 1992 and 1993, and as Sir Charles Maulver in the 2007 five-part series Cranford. In 1999 he starred as Marshall in ITV's seven-part drama Wonderful You alongside his future mother-in-law Phyllida Law and future brother-in-law Richard Lumsden. He filmed a number of readings of love scenes from a selection of classic and modern love scenes, from Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles to Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss for The Carte Noire Readers.[2][3] In 2011, he appeared in Hallmark Channel's Honeymoon for One, starring Nicollette Sheridan.[4]

He is also the producer of the 2010 BBC/Masterpiece production The Song of Lunch starring his wife, actress Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman.[5] Greg Wise made his theatrical return starring in Brad Fraser's Kill Me Now at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London from Thursday 19 February – Sunday 29 March 2015. In July 2015, Wise played the role of emotionally distanced father Gilbert Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[6]

Wise won the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off in aid of Stand Up to Cancer in 2019.[citation needed] [7]

Personal lifeEdit

Wise has been married to actress Emma Thompson since 2003. The couple have a daughter. In 2003, they informally adopted a Rwandan orphan and former child soldier whom they met at a Refugee Council event when he was 16.[citation needed]



Title Year Role Notes
Feast of July 1995 Arch Wilson
Sense and Sensibility 1995 John Willoughby
The Moonstone, a BBC TV film 1997 Franklin Blake
Judas Kiss 1998 Ben Dyson
Africa 1999 Josh Sinclair
Mad Cows 1999 Alex
The Discovery of Heaven 2001 Max Delius
Hills Like White Elephants 2002 The American short
Johnny English 2003 Agent One
Five Moons Plaza 2003 Francesco Doni
Every Seven Years 2004 Boyfriend short
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby 2005 Minister Lee
A Cock and Bull Story 2005 Greg
The Disappeared 2008 Jake Ryan
Morris: A Life with Bells On 2009 Miloslav Villandry
Effie Gray 2013 John Ruskin
3 Days in Havana 2013 Harry Smith
Walking On Sunshine 2014 Doug
A Private War 2018 Professor David Irens
Military Wives 2019


Title Year Role Notes
A Masculine Ending 1992 Jamie Baird TV film
Covington Cross 1992 Henry of Gault episode:Pilot
Typhon's People 1993 Cato Macgill / Adam Prime TV film
The Riff Raff Element 1993 Alister TV series
Taggart 1994 Greg Martin Episode:Hellfire
Feast of July 1995 Arch Wilson
The Buccaneers 1995 Guy Thwaite TV mini-series
Tales from the Crypt (TV series) 1996 Episode:Fatal Caper
The Place of the Dead 1997 Corporal Hugh Brittan TV film
Hospital! (TV movie) 1997 Dr. Jim Nightingale
House of Frankenstein 1997 1997 Crispian Grimes TV film
Alice Through the Looking Glass 1998 Red Knight TV film
Wonderful You (TV series) 1999 Marshall, chartered accountant TV mini-series


  1. ^[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ The Carte Noire Readers
  3. ^ Press Association
  4. ^ "Honeymoon for One". Hallmark Channel. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  5. ^ "BBC Two - The Song of Lunch". 15 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ a b "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". Retrieved 20 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^

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