Boyishly handsome with a charming wit, Matthew Goode quickly made a name for himself on American movie screens. This tall, dark-haired British import got his break starring opposite Mandy Moore in “Chasing Liberty” (2004) and went on to appear in the acclaimed Woody Allen film, “Match Point” (2005).
A native of the western English county of Devon, Goode, the youngest of five, was born April 3, 1978 to a geologist father and nurse mother, who also happened to be a local theater director. Raised in the city of Exeter, England, Goode was encouraged into acting by his mother, often appearing in many of her local productions as a child. The young actor went on to study drama at the University of Birmingham, and later, classical theater and stage acting at London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Pursuing his craft on stage in London, Goode acted in a number of stage productions including appearing as Ariel in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Goode’s first screen role came in 2002 when he was cast in the TV production, “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister” alongside Stockard Channing and Jonathan Pryce. Next, Goode appeared in “Al sur de Granada” (2003) and in the BBC TV adaptation of “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance” (2003). In 2004, Goode received his biggest career break to date – a chance to introduce himself to American audiences opposite Mandy Moore in the teen romance film, “Chasing Liberty” (2004). Beating out a number of other British actors for the part, Goode’s handsome face became an overnight recognizable commodity, opening doors for him all over Hollywood.
Before landing his next big American gig, however, Goode returned to his homeland to appear in the BBC period miniseries adaptation of Anthony Trollope’s “He Knew He Was Right” (2004), as well as the TV production of Agatha Christie’s “Marple: A Murder is Announced” (2005). But Hollywood came knocking again in the unlikely form of renowned American director Woody Allen, who cast him as posh Londoner Tom Hewett in the critically acclaimed film, “Match Point.” Starring opposite Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Goode received solid notices for his part of rich pretty boy, Tom Hewett, fiancé of Johansson’s character, Nola Rice.
Following the critical success of Allen’s against-type thriller, Goode landed major roles in two more films – as Heck, a man who loses wife Piper Perabo to another woman, in Ol Parker’s romantic comedy “Imagine Me & You” (2006), and as Martin Bauer in “Copying Beethoven” (2006) opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger.
From classical stage training to period television dramas, British actor Matthew Goode started out on that well-traveled path to an international film career, but after turning out supporting performances that were much more memorable than warranted, he was bumped up to star status in short order. He earned a significant female following for his role as the charming secret service agent and love object of the president’s teen daughter (Mandy Moore) in “Chasing Liberty” (2004), and critical kudos for his posh performance in the acclaimed Woody Allen film, “Match Point” (2005). Goode went on to surprise audiences with his ensemble role in the comic book adaptation “Watchmen” (2009) as the dapper Ozymandias, and while the period dramas regularly invited the actor back into their worlds, he revealed himself to be a versatile, charming leading man known for his off-the-cuff sense of humor. A native of the western English county of Devon, Goode was born April 3, 1978, to a geologist father and nurse mother. He was raised in the city of Exeter where he was encouraged to act by his mother, a local theater director who often cast him in productions as a child. Goode’s talent took him to the University of Birmingham where he studied drama, and onto classical training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Goode’s professional acting career began on the London stage with roles including Ariel in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” He expanded into television with “Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister”(2002), alongside established stars Stockard Channing and Jonathan Pryce. Affable, cheeky and boyishly handsome, the actor appeared in the film “Al sur de Granada” (2003) and the BBC TV adaptation of “The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance” (2003) before scoring his international breakout in 2004. That year, Goode was introduced to American audiences as the bodyguard/love interest of the president’s daughter (Mandy Moore) in the teen romantic comedy “Chasing Liberty” (2004). The virtually unknown actor triumphed over dozens of other British actors for the part, and as a result, became an overnight commodity in Hollywood. Before shooting his next big American vehicle, Goode appeared in a pair of British productions that were already in the can – a BBC miniseries of Anthony Trollope’s “He Knew He Was Right” (2004), and the TV movie of Agatha Christie’s “Marple: A Murder is Announced” (2005). Then filmmaking icon Woody Allen cast Goode as a posh Londoner and fiancé of an American actress (Scarlett Johansson) in the critically hailed “Match Point” (2005). Following the success of Allen’s against-type thriller, Goode landed a starring role as a man who loses his wife (Piper Perabo) to another woman in Ol Parker’s romantic comedy “Imagine Me & You” (2006) and had a supporting role in “Copying Beethoven” (2006), a panned biopic of the famous composer. Defying his pretty-boy image, he gave an affecting performance as a criminal low-life who takes advantage of a brain damaged bank janitor to facilitate a robbery in “The Lookout” (2007). He returned to period wardrobe to play a young incarnation of author Laurence Durrell in “My Family and Other Animals” (BBC/PBS, 2007), a TV movie based on the bestselling childhood memoir of Gerald Durrell. Goode returned to theaters to star alongside Emma Thompson in a big screen adaptation of “Brideshead Revisited” (2008), a film that suffered from endless comparisons to the landmark British miniseries version of 1981, then lent his sophisticated air to the character of vigilante superhero Ozymandias (alter ego of Adrian Veidt) in the comic book adaptation “Watchmen” (2009). Continuing to prove his versatility and appeal in an even wider range of roles, Goode landed a supporting role in Tom Ford’s adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel “A Single Man” (2009) and found himself hotly pursued by Amy Adams in the Dublin-set romantic comedy “Leap Year” (2010).
April 3, 1978 in Exeter, Devon, England
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* Companion: Sophie Dymoke.
* University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, drama
* Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England, drama
* 2002 TV-move debut, played Casper in the retelling of the Cinderella story, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (ABC)
* 2003 Learned his lines in Spanish for South of Granada ; debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and released theatrically in Spain
* 2003 Played the lead in the BBC movie, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance
* 2004 Breakthrough role as Mandy Moore s love interest in Chasing Liberty
* 2004 Starred in the BBC s period production of Anthony Trollope s He Knew He Was Right
* 2005 Cast in a supporting role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Woody Allen s Match Point
* 2006 Appeared in the British comedy, Imagine Me & You
* 2007 Played a criminal, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Lookout
* 2008 Played the leading role of Charles Ryder in the film, Brideshead Revisited
* 2009 Cast as superhero Ozymandias in the comic book adaptation, Watchmen
* Began acting career on stage in productions such as Shakespeare s The Tempest and Lorca s Blood Wedding
* Will play a leading role in ex-fashion designer Tom Ford s directorial debut, A Single Man (lensed 2009)