Oct. 17th, 1974
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, UK
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David Matthew Macfadyen is of Scottish and Welsh descent. Because of his father's career, he spent at least part of his childhood in Indonesia, before finishing his education back in England and winning a place at RADA in 1992. He won critical acclaim in the UK with his work with the stage company Cheek By Jowl in the 1990s and was well established as a stage actor when he made his first TV appearance in Wuthering Heights in 1998. A couple more TV roles followed but it was his role as Tom Quinn, head of Section D, in the 2002 hit BBC series Spooks that brought him fame, and also where he met his future wife, Keeley Hawes. A steady stream of TV and film work followed, with his 2005 performance as Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice firmly establishing his name worldwide. He is also recognized for portraying John Birt in the political drama Frost/Nixon, Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in BBC One's Ripper Street. and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral. He was Henry Wilcox in Howards, Tom Wambsgans in Succession, and most recently Charles Ingram in Quiz.
- Stepfather of Miles, son of his wife 'Keeley Hawes' (qv) from her previous marriage.
- Has a younger brother called Jamie.
- Self-confessed 'John le Carré' (qv)-style spy buff.
- Became an Associate Member of RADA.
- His wife, 'Keeley Hawes' (qv), gave birth to a baby boy, Ralph, in September 2006.
- Attended Oakham School in Rutland, Leicestershire; drama scholar from 1990 to 1992.
- His first child, a daughter Maggie, was born 2004 with his wife, 'Keeley Hawes' (qv).
- Hadn't read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" before shooting the film adaptation. Instead, he based the character of Mr. Darcy on the script.