Matthew Rhys

Matthew Rhys Evans (born 4 November 1974;[1] /rs/) is a Welsh actor. He is known for playing Kevin Walker in Brothers & Sisters (2006–2011) and Philip Jennings in The Americans (2013–2018), for which he received two Golden Globe Award nominations and a Primetime Emmy Award. In film, he has appeared as Dylan Thomas in the film The Edge of Love (2008), Daniel Ellsberg in the film The Post (2017) and starred in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). In 2020, he starred in the lead role on the HBO period series Perry Mason.

Matthew Rhys
Matthew Rhys.jpg
Rhys in 2011
Born
Matthew Rhys Evans

(1974-11-04) 4 November 1974 (age 45)
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Keri Russell (2014–present)
Children1

Early lifeEdit

Rhys was born in Cardiff, Wales, on 4 November 1974.[1] His first language is Welsh.[2] He grew up in Cardiff and attended Welsh-medium schools, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd (in Whitchurch, Cardiff) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (in Llandaff North, Cardiff). In 1993, he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.[3]

At age 17, after playing Elvis Presley in a school musical, he applied to and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.[4]

During Rhys's time at RADA, Rhys appeared in the BBC police series Backup as well as in House of America. He returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave),[5] for which he won Best Actor at the BAFTA Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs).

CareerEdit

 
Rhys at the 2007 GLAAD Awards

In January 1998, Rhys went to New Zealand to star in Greenstone, a colonial costume drama for television. He then landed a role in Titus, Julie Taymor's adaptation of Titus Andronicus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. Next he played Ray in Peter Hewitt's film comedy, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? After returning to Wales, he did two consecutive films with Jonathan Pryce: The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, a film about a dysfunctional single-parent family in which he played the elder son, and Sara Sugarman's comedy Very Annie Mary, in which he played the role of Nob. Rhys would later reunite with Very Annie Mary star Rachel Griffiths on Brothers & Sisters.[6]

In 2000, Rhys played the lead role in Metropolis, a drama series for Granada TV about the lives of six twenty-somethings living in London.[4] Next he starred in Peaches, the film of the play written and directed by Nick Grosso.[7][8] Rhys starred as Benjamin in the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate, alongside Kathleen Turner at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End.[9]

Rhys travelled to Ireland to star in the 18th-century swashbuckling adventure, The Abduction Club.[10] He played the lead role of Darren Daniels in Tabloid, and then returned to New Zealand to shoot the epic drama The Lost World for the BBC. His other film credits include the independent horror film Deathwatch in Prague and Fakers, a comic crime caper.

In 2003, he played Justin Price, in the final episode of the long-running television series Columbo.[11]

He appeared opposite Brittany Murphy in the independent feature Love and Other Disasters, in Virgin Territory opposite Hayden Christensen, Tim Roth and Mischa Barton, and playing poet Dylan Thomas in the love quadrangle biographical film The Edge of Love.[12]

He moved to Santa Monica after being cast in ABC's show Brothers & Sisters, as lawyer Kevin Walker. The show had a five-season run, coming to an end in 2011.[9]

In January 2012, Rhys appeared in a BBC Two two-part drama adaptation of Charles Dickens' last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, left unfinished at his death in 1870.[13] The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired it in the United States as one feature-length episode on 15 April 2012.

In 2012, Rhys reprised Sir Alec Guinness' 1959 double role of John Barratt / Jacques DeGué in a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's The Scapegoat.[14] That same year, Rhys was cast as "Jimmy" in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Off-Broadway revival of John Osborne's play, Look Back in Anger, at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. The production played a limited engagement through 8 April 2012.[15]. In 2013, Rhys starred in the television adaptation of the P. D. James novel Death Comes to Pemberley as Jane Austen hero Fitzwilliam Darcy.

He starred opposite Keri Russell in the FX series The Americans, a 1980s Cold War spy drama about Russian KGB sleeper agents (Rhys and Russell, who portray married KGB agents with two children, among other agents and handlers). Rhys and Russell are real-life partners off-screen as well. The sixth season airing in 2018 was the final season of The Americans.[16] The show debuted in January 2013.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Rhys was housemates for nearly 10 years with fellow Welshman and actor Ioan Gruffudd,[18] and served as best man at Gruffudd's wedding to actress Alice Evans.[19] Both are patrons of Trust PA, a UK spinal injuries charity.[20]

On 15 July 2008, Rhys was honoured by Aberystwyth University as a Fellow.[21] On 8 August 2008, he was honoured at the Welsh National Eisteddfod by being accepted as a member to the druidic order of the Gorsedd of the Bards,[22] for his contributions to the Welsh language and Wales. His bardic name in the Gorsedd is Matthew Tâf. In August 2009, Rhys took to the stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as part of the National Eisteddfod.[23]

Rhys has been in a relationship with his The Americans co-star Keri Russell since 2014.[24][25] They had their first child, a son, in 2016.[26][27]

He is a supporter of Plaid Cymru.[28][29]

AffiliationsEdit

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bydd yn Wrol N/A
1997 House of America Boyo
1999 Heart Sean McCardle
1999 Titus Demetrius
1999 Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? Ray Smith
2000 Sorted Carl
2000 The Testimony of Taliesin Jones Jonathan
2001 Peaches Frank
2001 Tabloid Darren Daniels
2001 Very Annie Mary Nob
2002 The Abduction Club James Strang
2002 Deathwatch Doc Fairweather
2002 Shooters Eddie
2003 Y Mabinogi Lleu Llaw Gyffes
2004 Fakers Nick Edwards
2006 Love and Other Disasters Peter Simon
2007 Virgin Territory Count Dzerzhinsky
2008 The Edge of Love Dylan Thomas
2009 The Think Tank Marc Short film
2010 Luster Joseph Miller
2010 Patagonia Mateo
2011 Everything Carries Me To You Damien Short film
2012 The Scapegoat John Standing / Johnny Spence
2015 Burnt Montgomery Reece
2015 Come What May Percy
2017 The Post Daniel Ellsberg
2018 Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle John Lockwood
2019 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Lloyd Vogel
2019 The Report New York Times reporter

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Backup PC Steve 'Hiccup' Higson 6 episodes
1999 Greenstone Sam Markham Unknown episodes
2000 A History of Britain N/A Unknown episodes
2000 Metropolis Matthew Bishop 5 episodes
2001 The Lost World Edward Malone 2 episodes
2003 Columbo Justin Price Episode: "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"
2003 Partners and Crime N/A Television film
2003 POW Alfie Harris Episode #1.5
2006 Beau Brummell: This Charming Man Lord Byron Television film
2006–2011 Brothers & Sisters Kevin Walker Main role
2008 A Child's Christmas The Old Man (voice) Television short
2011 LA Phil Live Hamlet Episode: "Dudamel Conducts Tchiakovsky"
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood John Jasper 2 episodes
2013 Death Comes to Pemberley Fitzwilliam Darcy 3 episodes
2013–2018 The Americans Philip Jennings Main role
2014 Under Milk Wood New York Voice Television film
2015 Archer Lloyd Llewellyn (voice) Episode: "Achub y Morfilod"
2015 The Bastard Executioner Gruffudd y Blaidd / The Wolf 4 episodes
2016–2018 The Wine Show Himself (co-host) Main role
2017 Girls Chuck Palmer Episode: "American Bitch"
2017 Snowdonia 1890 N/A
2018 Death and Nightingales Billy 3 episodes
2018 Down the Caravan Dai Television film
2019 BoJack Horseman Justin Kenyon (voice) Episode: "A Quick One, While He's Away"
2019 Carpool Karaoke: The Series Himself (co-host) Season 2, episode 17
2019 Infinity Train Aloysius / Alrick (voices) 2 episodes
2020 Perry Mason Perry Mason Also executive producer
2020 The Owl House Emperor Belos (voice)

TheatreEdit

Year Play Role Writer/director Venue/company
1997 Cardiff East Tommy Peter Gill Royal National Theatre
1997 Grace Note Nick Samuel Adamson / Dominic Dromgoole The Old Vic
1997 One More Wasted Year Pierre Christophe Pellet / Mary Peate Royal Court Theatre
1997 Stranger's House (Fremdes Haus) Yanne Dea Loher / Mary Peate Royal Court Theatre
2000 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock Charles Webb / Terry Johnson Gielgud Theatre
2002 The Associate Tiny Simon Bent Royal National Theatre
2003 Under Milk Wood Mog Edwards Dylan Thomas / Michael Bogdanov New Theatre (Cardiff)
2004 King Lear Edmund William Shakespeare / Bill Alexander Royal Shakespeare Company
2004 Macbeth Macduff William Shakespeare / Bill Alexander The Young Vic
2004 Romeo and Juliet Romeo William Shakespeare / Peter Gill Royal Shakespeare Company
2012 Look Back in Anger Jimmy John Osborne / Sam Gold Roundabout Theatre Company

Other projects, contributionsEdit

  • Produced television documentary, Mr Hollywood, for S4C-TV (2010),[31] about the life of Griffith J. Griffith, Welsh-American industrialist and philanthropist after whom Griffith Park is named.
  • Wrote Patagonia: Crossing the Plain (2010) – a photographic account of his month-long journey on horseback while filming a documentary on Patagonia, and the Welsh settlers who made it their home having journeyed from Wales in the late 19th century.
  • Set up his own production company, Patagonia (2011), which has two projects in development. One of them involves the adaptation of a book called Operation Julie, written by Lyn Ebenezer,[32] about the biggest LSD drugs bust (in Wales's history); Rhys bought the film rights in December 2010.[33][34][35]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama The Americans Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama The Americans Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama The Americans Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
2017 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Americans Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Girls Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated
Satellite Award Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Americans Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Won
TCA Award Individual Achievement in Drama The Americans Nominated
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Americans Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award Best Actor in a Drama Series The Americans Won
Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama The Americans Nominated [36]
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Americans Nominated

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