Welsh actor Matthew Rhys fell in love with acting at the age of 17 following his role as Elvis Presley in a school musical. Afterward, he applied to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was accepted. It didn’t take long for him to be awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship in 1993.
He made the most of his time at RADA, appearing in the BBC police series Back-Up and also in House of America. Rhys scooped the Best Actor prize at the Bafta Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs) for his role in the film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave) which he returned to Cardiff to act in his native language. The actor is best known for his role as Philip Jennings on the FX drama series The Americans nominated for an Emmy. Some of his other notable roles are as Kevin Walker on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love. His breakthrough role was in a 2000 production of The Graduate. He starred as Benjamin opposite Kathleen Turner’s character Mrs. Robinson.
Matthew Rhys Biography
Born as Matthew Rhys Evans on 8 November 1974, the Welsh actor is professionally known as Matthew Rhys. He was born in Cardiff, Wales to father, Glyn, a headmaster and mother, Helen Evans, a teacher. Rhys had a normal childhood while growing up in Cardiff where he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with his older sister, Rachel who is also a TV personality, working as a BBC broadcast journalist.
After participating in a school musical, playing the role of Elvis Presley, Rhys caught the acting bug and quickly applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was accepted. He was also awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship in 1993. Rhys’ acting career started in 1997 with his performance in a stage production of Cardiff East. Subsequently, he starred in several other movies without as much as taking a break. In 1998, Rhys went to New Zealand to star in Greenstone, a colonial costume drama for television after which he landed a role in Titus, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange.
Rhys later returned to Wales and did two consecutive films with Jonathan Pryce – The Testimony of Taliesin Jones as well as Sara Sugarman’s comedy Very Annie Mary.
The 2000s were also kind to Rhys career as he continued to play major roles including in a drama series for Granada TV, Metropolis. He also starred in Peaches, the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate at The Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End, Columbo, The Abduction Club, Love and Other Disasters, The Edge of Love, Lost World, Brothers & Sisters, Deathwatch in Prague, Fakers, The Scapegoat and a lot more.
One of his prominent roles is The Americans, a 1980s Cold War drama series which premiered in January 2013. He stars opposite Keri Russell whom he’s in a romantic relationship with.
Matthew Rhys Wife, Son
He started dating his The Americans co-star Keri Russell in 2013 and they welcomed a son named Sam in 2016. However, they are yet to tie the knot and put a ring on their relationship.
Is He Gay?
Public figures make the headlines daily for either the right or wrong reasons and Rhys is no stranger to that lifestyle. Perhaps, his bromance with fellow Welshman and actor Ioan Gruffudd led to the speculation that he might be gay as the two were housemates for nearly 10 years. Notwithstanding, Gruffudd has gotten married and Rhys was the best man. Besides, the actor is seemingly in a good place with his partner Keri though they are yet to make it official by walking down the aisle. He dated Sienna Miller before Keri.
Rhys has also played gay characters in the past which might be the basis for speculating that he’s gay. But, he’s definitely not.
The Welsh actor who is said to charge around $75 Thousand per episode has an estimated net worth of $2 Million. Since he is still young and active in the movie industry, his fortune is bound to grow more in the future.
Rhys is quite the handsome dude with the right endowments. He is also blessed with a good height and stands tall at 1.8 m.