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MATTHEW RHYS - Mateo
Matthew was born in the historic city of Cardiff in South Wales. At primary and secondary school he was educated in the Welsh language, which remains his first language.

At seventeen, having playing the lead role of Elvis in a school musical Matthew decided to apply for drama college and was accepted at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Upon his acceptance by RADA, the college forwarded him to apply for the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship adjudicated by Sir Richard Eyre and Dame Diana Rigg. To his great surprise and joy he won and was presented with the scholarship at the 1993 Evening Standard Awards.

During his third year at RADA, Matthew auditioned for Marc Evans' House Of America (with Sian Phillips and Steven Macintosh) and landed the part of Boyo, the son of a dysfunctional family living in the South Wales Valleys. Afterwards he returned to finish his course at RADA - to leave again to appear in “Back-Up,” the BBC police series about the operational support units also known as Hooli Vans. After three months filming in Birmingham in and out of police vans, Matthew was pleased to have the chance to return to Cardiff and act in his own language in the Welsh film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave) - for which he subsequently won Best Actor at the Welsh Bafta’s.

A year of theatre followed for Matthew when he went to the National Theatre in London to act in Peter Gill’s controversial play Cardiff East. It transferred to Cardiff for a short while, which Matthew found a little daunting – having to play to old school friends wearing nothing but a smile and a bad haircut was something of a challenge!

After five months at the National he moved round the corner to the Old Vic theatre with Geraldine McEwan, under the direction of Dominic Dromgoole. The play Grace Note ran as part of the new writing initiative under Peter Hall. Three months at the Royal Court ensued as part of the International Writers Festival and Matthew appeared in two of the three adaptations featured.

In January of ’98 Matthew went to New Zealand for four and a half months to star in Green Stone, a colonial costume drama for television where he had “one of the best experiences of his life”.

Flying back from New Zealand, he stopped over in Los Angeles to audition for Julie Taymor’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Titus and was thrilled to be offered the role of Demetrius. He was immediately flown to Rome to start filming the Shakespearean tragedy, which starred Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange. On being given the chance to work with Hopkins, Matthew said, “ it was better than Wales winning the Triple Crown!”   MORE >>

MATTHEW RHYS - Mateo
MARTA LUBOS – Cerys
NAHUEL PEREZ BISCAYART – Alejandro
NIA ROBERTS - Gwen
MATTHEW GRAVELLE - Rhys
RHYS PARRY JONES - Martin
DUFFY - Sissy

MARC EVANS – Director
REBEKAH GILBERTSON – Producer
LAURENCE CORIAT - Writer
ROBBIE RYAN - Director of Photography
MARIE LANNA – Production Designer / Costume Designer
MALI EVANS – Editor
JOSEPH LODUCA - Composer

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