Matthew Macfadyen Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
David Matthew Macfadyen was born on the 17th October 1974 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, of part-Welsh ancestry on his mother’s side, and part-Scottish on his father’s. He is an actor probably best recognized for starring in the role of Tom Quinn in the TV series “MI-5” (2002-2011), playing Mr. Darcy in the film “Pride & Prejudice” (2005), and as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the TV series “Ripper Street” (2012-2016).
So, have you ever wondered how rich Matthew Macfadyen is, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of Matthew’s net worth is over $1.5 million, accumulated through his successful involvement in the film industry as a professional actor which has been active since 1995.
Matthew Macfadyen Net Worth $1.5 Million
Matthew Macfadyen was raised with his younger brother by his father, Martin Macfadyen, who was oil executive, and his mother, Meinir Owen, who was a former actress and worked as a drama teacher. Due to his father’s job, the family moved frequently, so he attended schools in several countries, including Indonesia and Scotland. Finally, the family returned to Rutland, England, where he matriculated from Oakham School, after which he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1995. Right afterwards, he began working as a stage actor for the company Cheek by Jowl.
Subsequently, Matthew’s professional acting career began, when he made his debut appearance in the role of Hareton Earnshaw in the TV film “Wuthering Heights” in 1998, which was followed by the role of Pte. Alan James in another TV film entitled “Warriors” (1999). His next memorable role came when he was chosen to portray Cave in the film “Enigma” (2001), starring alongside Kate Winslet and Dougray Scott. During the same year, he was cast as Daniel in the TV mini-series “Perfect Strangers”, and as Sir Felix Carbury in the TV mini-series “The Way We Live Now”. In 2002, he was selected to portray Tom Quinn in the TV series “MI-5”, which lasted until 2011 and considerably boosted his popularity as well as net worth, and three years later, he won the memorable role of Mr. Darcy in the film “Pride & Prejudice”, based on Jane Austen’s novel, in which he starred alongside Keira Knightley.
In the following years, Matthew continued to line up successes, starring in such TV titles as “Middletown” (2006) in the role of Gabriel Hunter, “Death At A Funeral” (2007) playing Daniel, and in “Frost/Nixon” (2008) as John Birt, increasing his net worth by a large margin. In 2008, he was also chosen to play Arthur Clennam in the TV mini-series “Little Dorrit”, which was followed by the role of Hugh Pollock in the 2009 film “Enid”. By the end of the decade, he also starred as the Sheriff of Nottingham in a film “Robin Hood” (2010), portrayed Philip in the TV mini-series “The Pillars Of The Earth” (2010), and playing Logan Mountstuart (Middle) in the TV series “Any Human Heart” (2010).
His first major role in the next decade was as Athos in the 2011 film “The Three Musketeers”, directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, after which he was cast in the historical romance film “Anna Karenina” (2012), based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy, and was chosen to play Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the TV series “Ripper Street” (2012-2016), another significant entry to his CV.
To speak further about his career, Matthew starred in the role of Georg von Trapp in the film “The Von Trapp Family: A Life Of Music” in 2015, and most recently, he appeared in the TV mini-series “Howards End” (2017). He will soon be seen in such films as “The Current War” and “The Nutcracker And The Four Realms”. His net worth is certainly still rising.
Speaking about his personal life, Matthew Macfadyen has been married to actress Keeley Hawes since 2004; the couple has two children together.
Became a father for the 1st time at age 30 when his wife Keeley Hawes gave birth to their daughter Maggie Liberty Macfadyen in December 2004.
Became a father for the 2nd time at age 31 when his wife Keeley Hawes gave birth to their son Ralph Owen Macfadyen in September 2006.
He is of Scottish (father) and Welsh (mother) descent.
Played Elyot in Noel Coward's "Private Lives" at the Vaudeville Theatre in London. Starred with Kim Cattrell(October 2013) Jeeves in "Perfect Nonsense" at The Duke of York's Theatre in London. [April 2010]
From May to August 2005, played Prince Hal in a National Theatre production of Henry IV. [May 2005]
starts filming new series of MI-5 (2002). [January 2004]
Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes met on the set of Spooks. She had very recently married her long-term boyfriend, with whom she had a young son. She and Macfadyen married 18 months later and live with their three children in east London.
London Marathon finisher 3 years.
According to Audio Commentary of MI-5/Spooks Series 2 Episode 1, Matthew Macfadyen is allergic to cats.
Hadn't read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" before shooting the film adaptation. Instead, he based the character of Mr. Darcy on the script.
Stepfather of Miles, son of his wife Keeley Hawes from her previous marriage.
Associate Member of RADA.
Attended Oakham School in Rutland, Leicestershire; drama scholar from 1990 to 1992.
His mother was an actress and trained drama teacher.
The lovely thing about being an actor is being anonymous, it's never having to explain yourself. And that's what I find interesting about actors or painters I admire. I don't want to know about their lives. I don't really want to know what Anthony Hopkins has for breakfast. It's kind of bollocks, isn't it?
[on his rich and rolling timbre, which he attributes to having been a smoker] It does help. You think of all those rich, fabulous, fruity voices - the Gambons and McKellens - and they are all from years of... I gave up about four years ago. I still miss it.
[on his voice-over work on "The Blair Years" documentary] It's all acting. It's all cobblers.
[on his role in Ashes to Ashes (2008)] It's really hard when your other half is in it but I thought Ashes to Ashes was so clever and witty and creepy and funny and camp and silly.
[on being likened to a Moonin] I like Moomins. I've got these fantastic Moomin mugs and bowls. My little boy examines which bowl I've given him to eat his Weetabix out of. So that pleases me. Matthew MacMoomin. That's nice.
[on the steadily rising age of the acting parts he is offered] John, 40s, grey hair. Slightly jowly, tired looking.
[on his role as Arthur Clennam in the BBC's Little Dorrit (2008)] Arthur would never imagine that Little Dorrit would fall for him. She falls in love with him and he doesn't see it, and that's the love story that goes through the whole piece. It's a wonderful Dickens potboiler, apart from anything else.
[on which TV programs make him cringe] Sub-reality TV shows, although they're almost beyond offending now because they're so crap and worthless.
I find "Desert Island Discs" very moving - something about the combination of music and people's stories, and imagining why they've chosen certain tracks. I've pondered what mine would be of course - doesn't everyone? - but it would be agony to have to actually choose.
I have a theory that watching things in another language allows you to filter out all your prejudices and preconceptions and pay attention in a different way, so it's more rewarding. Plus you can't wander out to put the kettle on.
I don't watch enough television to feel guilty about it. Maybe it's because I have a very unstructured life: half the time I do nothing and then I'll work 13 hours a day. Or maybe it's the fact that if I gave into watching daytime telly, I'd never stop.
I have felt some twinges recently, about parts I wanted to play that I may be getting too old and fat to do. Hamlet, for example - maybe that's gone. I would love to play Richard II.
I sometimes wish I had an equivalent to "Sollocks" [the word Amanda and Elyot in "Private Lives" use to call a halt to their wrangling]. It's quite touching all that, the idea that there's a catchword to stop the conversation and calm things down. So much of what happens to Amanda and Elyot, and to couples, certainly to me and my wife, is that, whenever you have a row, you say things you don't mean because you don't have time to think.
[on his role as Darcy] All the Bennets were having a great time; it was all very cosy. Then I'd come along and be a bit sullen for a couple of days and then f--- off again! It didn't help that my wife was pregnant at the time, but I wished I'd enjoyed it more.
Ever since Spooks, this perception of me as solemn, lantern-jawed and unsmiling has lingered, but that buttoned-up Englishness is only one facet of what I can do. I'm always surprised when people say, "Crikey, we didn't know you could do comedy!"
[on his favourite film] I think my favourite is a Swedish one called Fanny and Alexander (1982). It's seen through the eyes of two children whose mother remarries, and it's funny, sad, scary and wonderful.
[on his role as Elyot in Noel Coward's "Private Lives"] I think Coward was incredibly perceptive about marriage and sex. That thing about sexual desire co-existing with the inability to get on happily is a universal experience. He shows how those petty frustrations can be overwhelming: you can lose sight of why you wanted to be together in the first place when you're busy bickering and fighting and screaming at each other.
[When asked if modern viewers will view Mr. Darcy differently.] I think looking at it now, Darcy would seem much more snobbish in our understanding of the word than he would then. To somebody like Darcy, it would have been a big deal for him to get over this difference in their status, and to be able to say to Lizzie that he loved her. We would think it was incredibly snobbish and elitist, but it wasn't for him. It would have been a big admission, and he would have found it very vulgar. It's a bigger divide than it would have been then is what I'm saying.
[on approaching the character of Mr. Darcy for Pride and Prejudice:] I find Darcy very sympathetic, I find it heartbreaking that he's seen as very haughty and proud - and he is those things - but he's a young man who is still grieving for his parents. He's from an ancient family and has this huge responsibility, but it seemed to me that he's still trying to work out who he is and how to be in the world. I found that very interesting, and I found him very sympathetic.
I would hate not to do a play every couple of years. I think it's not me. I did four or five years in telly, and by the end of it was drained. I was a bit sick of myself. I didn't feel like an actor anymore. That sounds silly, but when you're doing a play you're using different muscles, and it blew all the cobwebs away.
The other day, I was somewhere terribly glamorous -- Brent Cross, I think it was -- and a guy came up to me and said, "I've blown your cover."