The Welsh actor Matthew Rhys fell in love with acting at the age of 17 after his role as Elvis Presley in a school musical. Afterward, he applied for a study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was accepted. It was not long before he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship in 1993.
He made the most of his time at the RADA and performed in the BBC police series Back-Up and also in the House of America. Rhys won the Best Actor Award at the Bafta Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs) for his role in the film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave), for which he returned to Cardiff to act in his native language. The actor is best known for his role as Philip Jennings in the FX drama series The Americans nominated for an Emmy. Some of his other notable roles include Kevin Walker in the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters and Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love. His groundbreaking role was in a 2000 production of The Graduate, playing Benjamin in the role of Benjamin versus Kathleen Turner’s character Mrs. Robinson.
Matthew Rhys Biography
The Welsh actor Matthew Rhys Evans was born on 8 November 1974 and is known professionally as Matthew Rhys. He was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of 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 television personality and works as a BBC radio journalist.
After attending a school musical in which he played the role of Elvis Presley, Rhys got 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’s acting career began in 1997 when he appeared in a stage production of Cardiff East. He subsequently appeared in several other films without taking a break. In 1998 Rhys went to New Zealand to star in Greenstone, a colonial costume drama for television. He then got a role in Titus with Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange in the leading roles.
Later Rhys returned to Wales and made two successive films with Jonathan Pryce – The Testimony of Taliesin Jones and Sara Sugarman’s comedy Very Annie Mary.
The 2000s were also good for Rhys’ career as he continued to play important roles, including a drama series for Granada TV, Metropolis. He also starred in Peaches, the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate at London’s Gielgud Theatre in the 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 many others.
One of his outstanding roles is The Americans, a 1980s drama series about the Cold War, which premiered in January 2013. He plays opposite Keri Russell, with whom he is in a romantic relationship.
Matthew Rhys Net Worth
The Welsh actor, who is said to charge about 75 thousand dollars per episode, has an estimated net worth of 2 million dollars. As he is still young and working in the film industry, his fortune will continue to grow in the future.
Matthew Rhys Wife, Son
He started dating his American co-star Keri Russell in 2013, and in 2016 they welcomed a son named Sam. But they still have to tie the knot and add a ring to their relationship.
Is He Gay?
Public figures make headlines every day for either the right or wrong reasons, and Rhys is no stranger to this lifestyle. Perhaps his friendship with his Welsh compatriot and actor Ioan Gruffudd led to speculation that he might be gay, as the two had been housemates for almost ten years. Nevertheless, Gruffudd married and Rhys was the best man. Moreover, the actor seems to be in good hands with his partner Keri, although they have not yet officially announced it by walking down the aisle. Before Keri, he was together with Sienna Miller.
Rhys has also played gay characters in the past, which could be the basis for speculation that he is gay. But he definitely is not.
Rhys is a pretty good-looking guy with the right equipment. He is also blessed with a good height and stands 1.8 m high.