Nov. 8th, 1974
Cardiff, Wales, UK
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Matthew Rhys Evans (known professionally as Matthew Rhys; born November 8,1974) is a Welsh actor, best known as Kevin Walker in the ABC family drama Brothers & Sisters, and as Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love. He stars as Philip Jennings in the FX drama series The Americans.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of Glyn, a headmaster, and Helen Evans, a teacher.He grew up in Cardiff, and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. along with his older sister, Rachel, now a BBC broadcast journalist. Matthew Rhys was educated via the Welsh-medium schools, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd (in Whitchurch, Cardiff) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (in Llandaff North, Cardiff). Aged 17, after playing Elvis Presley in a school musical, he applied and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Shortly thereafter, in 1993, he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.
During his time at RADA, Rhys appeared in the BBC police series Back-Up as well as in House of America. He returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film, Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave), for which he won Best Actor at the Bafta Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs).
Rhys was housematers for nearly 10 years with fellow Welshman and actor 'Ioan Gruffudd', and served as best man at Gruffudd's wedding. Both are patrons of Trust PA, a UK spinal injuries charity.
On 15 July 2008, Rhys was honoured by Aberystwyth University as a Fellow. On 8 August 2008, he was honoured at the Welsh National Eisteddfod by being accepted as a member to the druidic order of the Gorsedd of the Bards, for his contributions to the Welsh language and Wales. His bardic name in the Gorsedd is Matthew Tâf. In August 2009, Rhys took to the stage with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales as part of the National Eisteddfod.
- First language is Welsh
- He was educated in the Welsh language at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd, Whitchurch, Cardiff.
- First recipient of the Lady Rothermere Award
- Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
- Best friends with 'Ioan Gruffudd' (qv).
- He played Justin Price in _Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003) (TV)_ (qv) and is therefore the final actor to play a murderer who was investigated by 'Peter Falk (I)' (qv)'s Lt. Columbo.