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Born: Oct. 17, 1974 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK
David Matthew Macfadyen was born on October 17, 1974, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. With his mother being an actress and drama teacher, performing was in his genes and Macfadyen studied drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He was first seen on television in 1998 in the TV movie Wuthering Heights. The Nineties ended with another TV movie appearance, this time in 1999’s Warriors alongside Ioan Gruffudd.
In 2000, he made his feature film debut in Maybe Baby, which starred Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. In 2001, he was seen in the film Enigma starring Dougray Scott and Kate Winslet and the miniseries The Way We Live Now with David Suchet and Cillian Murphy. In 2002, he was seen in the series Spooks playing Tom Quinn opposite Peter Firth and Hugh Simon and appeared in the TV movie The Project opposite Naomie Harris and Paloma Baeza. The following year, Matthew worked on The Reckoning with Paul Bettany, Willem Dafoe and Brian Cox.
In 2004, Macfadyen was seen in In My Father’s Den with Miranda Otto and the following year took on the role of Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley, Rosamund Pike, Carey Mulligan and Jena Malone. In 2006, he was seen in Middletown and narrated the series Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial.
2007 was a busy year for Macfadyen as he worked on Death at a Funeral with Alan Tudyk and Peter Dinklage (who also appeared in the 2010 U.S. remake), appeared in Grindhouse with Simon Pegg in the segment “Don’t” and did TV work on the TV movie Secret Life and the special Comic Relief 2007: The Big One.
In 2008, he was seen in Incendiary with Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor, worked on Frost/Nixon with Frank Langella and Michael Sheen and was cast in the series Little Dorrit opposite Claire Foy and Tom Courtenay.
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