Matthew Walker (Australian actor)

Matthew Walker is a New Zealand-born actor and performer.

Matthew Walker
Born11 May 1979
NationalityNew Zealand
OccupationActor
Years active2004- Present
Known forStraight Forward, Filthy Rich, Home and Away, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, HeadLand, The Children of Huang Shi
Matthew Walker

BackgroundEdit

Walker was born on 11 May 1979 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Walker trained at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art NIDA, Australia's leading drama school, boasting graduates such as Cate Blanchette, Toni Collette and Sam Worthington. He was accepted into NIDA in 2002, after auditioning alongside over 4000 other people for the 20 places in the schools acting course. He graduated in 2004.

Walker also completed a business and arts degree at Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in marketing, and theatre and film.

Television rolesEdit

Walker plays the leading role of Adam Martini in the upcoming Danish / New Zealand co-production Straight Forward, due for release in 2019. Described as an international crime caper the big budget 8 part series is currently filming in Auckland, Queenstown and Copenhagen.

Walker appeared in the TVNZ drama "Dirty Laundry" as bad guy Nikki Rossini, and played a recurring character, Ford Hathaway, in the second season of TVNZ's "Filthy Rich". He also played Vince Cully, a recurring character in the final season of popular Australian Channel 7 series 800 Words.

Other television and film credits include Chinese war epic The Children of Huang Shi appearing alongside Jonathan Rhys-Meyers. "Rake" and The Cut for the ABC (playing identical twins in "The Cut"), and "Legend of the Seeker" for Disney.

Walker is well known for his role as Justin Jefferies, the elder brother of Aden Jefferies in the popular channel 7 soap Home and away.[1]

StageEdit

He has appeared on-stage at the Sydney Opera House[2] with the Bell Shakespeare Company, and with Griffin Theatre Company in the world premiere of Colder, and the Austrlasian premiere of Tracey Letts "Bug". He played Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream by Mendelssohn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Personal lifeEdit

Walker's mother and stepfather ran a theatre company Theatrevue in New Zealand when he was a child.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Matthew Walker". Retrieved 30 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Our Summerr Bay Hunk Comes Home". Women's Day (New Zealand). 13 July 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2019.

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