Classically trained actor with 30 years experience in everything from the RSC to hot left wing fringe doing new writing. Considerable TV experience and some film.
Matthew was trained on the professional actors’ course at the Central Schol of Speech and Drama between 1962-1965.
He began his career at the Bristol Old Vic for a year and a half playing many juvenile leads in Shaw, Shakespeare etc. etc.
After that he joined the RSC playing small parts and understudying Ian Richardson.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s appeared some 30-40 times on TV including 3 ‘Play for Today’ appearances for the BBC and many episodes of series.
Played leading roles in seasons for repertory companies at Worthing and Hornchurch
Several TV commercials
Film: ‘Battle of Britain’.
Back to the RSC after that with medium roles and again leading understudy.
Leading Role in ‘What About Borneo’ by Tom Kempinski at the King’s Head, Islington.
From 1973 to 1980 became a member of the acting company and then of the Management Council of the Half Moon Theatre in London’s East End. Was in a number of British and world premieres of new plays, including the first English language production of a Dario Fo play. Played ‘Nicely, Nicely Johnson’ in the cult seven actors production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. Laertes and Player King in the Frances de la Tour ‘Hamlet’, etc. etc.
Moved to Bristol; agent went bust owing him money, and in 1983 he lost his late wife with cancer leaving him with two small children to support. Career on hold for a number of years.
In the early to mid nineties took several leading roles with Show of Strength at the Hen and Chicken, including Oscar Wilde in the ‘Importance of Being Frank’ (world premiere), Rowley in ’Let’s Do It’ (world premiere)and other things
Several episodes of ‘The Bill’ as a Chief Inspector.
Gradually forced out of the profession by his London agent’s disinterest and a pressing need to earn a living. Kept a pub, has been a chef and a highly trained Guide and Tour Director working all over Europe.
A novel is circulating with the literary agents.
Now actively involved in re-starting his career. Lives in North Somerset and has structured money earning activities that can be put down and picked up as necessary. Will travel.
2009 November/December – Played William,Lord Hastings in the well received Theatre Raconteurs production of Richard III to be at the Alma Tavern Theatre
2011 – Lead in ‘Threads’ – final year film for UWE students
2011 – Senator in Timon of Athens for Gentleman Jack Productions.
2011 – Jack – in Loose Tongues for Inkling Productions
2011-12 – Presenter of ‘Prime Time’- an over 50s programme for Weston Super TV community tv station.
2012 – Reprise of Jack in Loose Tongues for Exeter ‘Ignite Festival’ and in Frome.
2012 – The Joker in retirement in a two media event called ‘Joke’s Over’ for UWE.
2012 – Oscar (lead) in ‘Dive’ a final year film for UWE students
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