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Matthew Nable (born 8 March 1972) is an Australian film and television actor, writer, sports commentator and former professional rugby league footballer.[2] After playing in the Winfield Cup Premiership during the 1990s for the Manly-Warringah and South Sydney clubs, he wrote and starred in the rugby league-centred drama The Final Winter in 2007.[3] Nable went on to act in films such as Killer Elite and Riddick. He appeared on The CW's Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow as Ra's al Ghul.

Matthew Nable
Matthew Nable 2015.jpg
Nable at the 2015 Florida SuperCon
Personal information
Born (1972-03-08) 8 March 1972 (age 47)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–92 Manly Sea Eagles 5 1 0 0 4
1995 South Sydney 3 0 0 0 0
1996 Carlisle 0 0 0 0
1997 London Broncos 1 0 0 4
Total 8 2 0 0 8
Source: [1]

Early lifeEdit

Nable grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and also, as a young boy, spent two years at Portsea, Victoria, when his father, Dave, a soldier, was stationed there.[4][5] His father had also worked as a trainer for the Australian national rugby league team, and his brother, Adam Nable, would become a professional player as well.[6][7]



Matt Nable rose through the junior ranks at the Manly-Warringah club[5] and made five appearances for the Graham Lowe-coached team over 1991 and 1992. Following this he wouldn't appear in the premiership until 1995 when he played three games for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

After another season in England where he played for Carlisle before moving to the London Broncos,[8] Nable quit football and then tried his hand at boxing, fighting for the state light-heavyweight title as an amateur.[9] He then worked as a beer salesman and personal trainer,[10] but eventually decided to leave paid employment to become a writer.

Writing and actingEdit

Nable in 2012

After encouragement from his mentor, Booker Prize-winning novelist Thomas Keneally,[5] Nable wrote a screenplay for The Final Winter based on his unpublished novel of the same name.[11] With friends he also managed to raise $1.6m and they worked together to make the film which was released in 2007, and earned critical praise[12] but was a box office failure.[13]

Nable went on to act in the United States as a Los Angeles detective in the 2008 television movie S.I.S..[14]

In 2009, his book We Don't Live Here Anymore was published,[15] in 2011 he published his second book Faces in the Clouds, which won critical praise.[16]

He worked as a writer on Channel 7's new rugby league comedy programme, The Matty Johns Show.[17]

Nable appeared in the main cast of critically acclaimed and award-winning SBS drama series, East West 101,[5][18] and in the 2011 action film Killer Elite alongside Clive Owen, Robert De Niro,[15] Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Statham,[18] and Dominic Purcell.

Nable starred in the 2012 Australian drama series, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms. The same year he was announced as a cast member of another Australian TV series, Underbelly: Badness. He also had a role in the film 33 Postcards.

He appeared in the 2013 sci-fi film Riddick alongside Vin Diesel.[19]

In March 2014 it was reported that Nable would appear in the Nine network's upcoming miniseries Gallipoli.[20]

On 4 September, Stephen Amell announced on Facebook that Nable would portray the role of Ra's al Ghul on the third season of Arrow. Despite Liam Neeson (Ra's al Ghul in The Dark Knight Trilogy) expressing an interest in reprising his role for the television series' third season and the CW Network reaching out to him, he was unavailable[21] and Nable was cast as Ra's instead. IGN's Jesse Scheeden said he brought "charisma and danger to the part".[22] Nable portrayed the character in ten episodes of the third season. He reprised his role in a first season episode of Legends of Tomorrow.[23]


Nable at the Killing Them Softly Australian premiere
List of acting performances in film and television
Title Year Role Notes Source
The Final Winter 2007 Grub Henderson also written by Nable
S.I.S. 2008 Melville Atkinson TV movie [1]
East West 101 2011 Detective Neil Travis TV series, 7 episodes
33 Postcards 2011 Tommy
Killer Elite 2011 Pennock
Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms 2012 William George "Jock" Ross TV series, 6 episodes
Underbelly: Badness 2012 Detective Sergeant Gary Jubelin TV series, 5 episodes
K-11 2012 Villalobos [2]
The Turning 2013 Max [3]
Riddick 2013 Boss Johns
Around the Block 2013 Jack Wood
Son of a Gun 2014 Sterlo
Incarnate 2014 Dan
In Cold Light 2014 The Inspector Post production
Fell 2014 Thomas Post production
Arrow 2014–2015 Ra's al Ghul TV series, 10 episodes
Gallipoli 2015 Sergeant Harry Perceval
Winter 2015 Jake Harris
DC's Legends of Tomorrow 2016 Ra's al Ghul TV series, 1 episode
Barracuda 2016 Frank Torma TV series, 4 Episodes
Quarry 2016 Thurston TV series, 5 Episodes
Hyde and Seek 2016 Gary Hyde TV series, 8 Episodes
Hacksaw Ridge 2016 Lt. Colonel Cooney
Blue Murder: Killer Cop 2017 Mark Standen
Jasper Jones 2017 Sarge
Fox League 2017 Himself Monday Night with Matty Johns, The Late Show with Matty Johns, NRL 360, The Dally M Awards Voice-overs and live appearance
1% 2017 Also writer
In Cold Light 2018 The Inspector



  • We don't live here anymore (2009)
  • Faces in the clouds (2011)

Critical studies and reviews of Nable's workEdit

Faces in the clouds
  • Meyer, Angela (June 2011). "Double trouble". Australian Book Review (332): 63.


  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ "Matthew Nable". IMDb., Inc. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  3. ^ Purcell, Charles (6 September 2007). "Final whistle". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  4. ^ Mathieson, Craig (31 August 2007). "The field of broken dreams". Age. Australia: Fairfax. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d "Matt Nable on writing and acting". Life Matters. Radio National. 7 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  6. ^ Cohen, Joanna (14 February 2008). "Matt Nable on The Final Winter: The RT Interview". Flixster, Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  7. ^ AMNRL (2007). "New York Knights star Adam Nable welcomes brother Matt and his hit rugby league movie The Final Winter for its US premiere in Manhattan on October 10". American National Rugby League News. United States: Super League America, Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Club-by-club guide to the Super League". The Independent. UK: 13 March 1997. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  9. ^ Maddox, Garry (1 September 2007). "A league of his own". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  10. ^ Chester, Rodney (6 September 2007). "Hard yards for Final Winter". Courier-Mail. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  11. ^ Sutherland, Claire (6 September 2007). "The Final Winter in a league of its own". Herald Sun. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  12. ^ Williams, Daniel (31 August 2007). "Footy for Thought". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  13. ^ Maddox, Garry; Kerry Coleman (4 December 2007). "Comeback of the day". Sydney Morning Herald. Australia: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  14. ^ Shattuck, Kathryn (24 August 2008). "What's on Today". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  15. ^ a b Penguin Books (2010). "Matt Nable". Contributors. Penguin. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  16. ^ Flynn, Chris (18 June 2011). "Matt Nable's sibling story a class act". The Australian. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  17. ^ Ritchie, Dean (5 July 2010). "Afternoon of hot dogs and heroes". Daily Telegraph. Australia: News Limited. Retrieved 2 October 2010.
  18. ^ a b "Matt Nable as Detective Neil Travis". East West 101. SBS. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
  19. ^ "From running on rugby league fields to acting on the Hollywood big screen". Fox Sports. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  20. ^ "Rising star Kodi Smit-McPhee set to headline epic Gallipoli TV drama". 3 March 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Liam Neeson Actually WAS Offered the Role of Ra's Al Ghul for Arrow". Movie Pilot. 11 October 2014.
  22. ^ "Arrow: "The Climb" Review". IGN. 10 December 2014.
  23. ^ "'Legends of Tomorrow' recap: Too little, two years too late". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 April 2016.

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