Apr. 3rd, 1978
Exeter, Devon, England, UK
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Matthew William Goode (born April 3, 1978) is an English actor. His notable films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2005), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), and Stoker (2013). In 2014, he began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife as Finn Polmar.
Born in Exeter, Devon. His father is a geologist and his mother, Jennifer, is a nurse and amateur theatre director. Goode is the youngest of five children with a brother, two half brothers, and a half sister, television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's previous marriage. He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter.
Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon, followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Goode played Peter Lynley, the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and had parts in the TV movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name, and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode made his American film debut opposite 'Mandy Moore' in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty, as the love interest of Moore's character.
Goode co-starred in Woody Allen's thriller Match Point, opposite 'Jonathan Rhys Meyers', Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite 'Piper Perabo' and 'Lena Headey', the TV movie My Family and Other Animals, opposite 'Imelda Staunton', the biographical-musical drama Copying Beethoven, opposite 'Ed Harris' and 'Diane Kruger', and Scott Frank's crime drama The Lookout opposite 'Joseph Gordon-Levitt'. He had a whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right based upon Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.
In 2008, Goode starred in the drama film Brideshead Revisited as Charles Ryder. It was based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name. 'Jeremy Irons' played Charles Ryder in the 1981 serial. In 2009, Goode co-starred opposite 'Malin Akerman' in Zack Snyder's superhero film Watchmen as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, and co-starred opposite 'Colin Firth' in the drama film A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name. In 2010, he co-starred opposite 'Amy Adams' in the romantic comedy Leap Year.
In 2013, Goode played the lead in the critically acclaimed, but short-lived BBC Two drama Dancing on the Edge, as magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. That same year, he co-starred opposite 'Mia Wasikowska' and 'Nicole Kidman' in the psychological thriller film Stoker.
Also in 2013, Goode co-starred as George Wickham opposite 'Matthew Rhys' in the three-part BBC murder mystery miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name, and a spin-off of the 1995 drama miniseries Pride and Prejudice to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.
In March 2014, Goode began starring in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife in the middle of the fifth season to replace Josh Charles who played Will Gardner, as a State prosecutor Finn Polmar. He made his first appearance in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" where Will was killed off.
Goode has been in a relationship with Sophie Dymoke since 2007. They have a daughter, Matilda Eve (b. April 2009).