In Spotlight: Matthew Macfadyen’s best film and TV roles - from Succession to Quiz

You may recognise Bafta-winning English actor Matthew Macfadyen from his roles in top TV shows and films including Succession on Sky Atlantic, Quiz and Pride & Prejudice…

By Sophia Moir Published: 17 June 2020 - 11.10am
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Succession season 1 and 2 Box Sets are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.

Matthew Macfadyen is a Bafta-winning English actor who has appeared in films, TV shows and on stage in theatre.

The Norfolk-born thespian is also married to fellow English actress Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty, The Durrells), and the couple have two children.

Macfadyen is back on our screens in Succession on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV, but you also might recognise him from roles in Quiz, Pride & Prejudice, Ripper Street and more.

We round up some of Matthew Macfadyen’s top TV and film roles below.

Succession - Tom Wambsgans

Macfadyen currently stars as Tom Wambsgans in the critically acclaimed HBO drama series, Succession.

Wambsgans, the husband of Siobhan 'Shiv' Roy (played by Sarah Snook), is an executive at Waystar Royco - the media conglomerate at the centre of the show.

His character is something of a people-pleaser who enjoys being close to the Roy family's power, despite often being dismissed by them.

Succession has been praised by critics and received a heap of awards, including winning the Best Drama Series at the 2020 Golden Globes and Best International Series at the 2019 Bafta TV Awards.

Succession season 1 and 2 Box Sets are available to watch on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.

Quiz - Major Charles Ingram

Macfadyen played Major Charles Ingram in the recent ITV drama, Quiz. Ingram was convicted of cheating to win the £1 million jackpot on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Ingram appeared on the quiz show in 2001, and despite giving a patchy performance in the hot seat, his 15-answer streak made him an unlikely millionaire.

But his joy was short-lived when a suspicious production team accused him of cheating, and he found himself at the centre of a national scandal.

Macfadyen starred alongside Sian Clifford and Michael Sheen in the three-part series, which became the biggest TV drama of 2020 so far.

After premiering on ITV earlier this year, Quiz is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Ripper Street - Det. Insp. Edmund Reid

Between 2012 and 2016, Matthew Macfadyen starred as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid in the period drama series, Ripper Street.

D.I. Reid is the commander of East London's H Division, and is driven by his failure to capture Jack the Ripper and the presumed death of his daughter, Mathilda.

His character is a workaholic and works most nights in his Leman Street office.

Macfadyen starred alongside Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg and MyAnna Buring in the Bafta-nominated series.  

Ripper Street seasons 1-5 are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video. Prime membership required.

Pride & Prejudice - Mr Darcy

In 2005, Macfadyen played Mr Darcy in the Oscar-nominated film Pride & Prejudice, starring alongside Keira Knightley, who played Elizabeth Bennet.

Director Joe Wright specifically cast actors that had rapport both on and off screen, and insisted that Macfadyen and Knightley took part in three weeks of rehearsals.

Based on Jane Austen's 1813 novel of the same name, the film follows five sisters from an English family of landed gentry as they deal with issues including marriage, morality and misconceptions.

Colin Firth previously played the role of Mr Darcy in the six-episode 1995 BBC drama.

Pride & Prejudice is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Criminal Justice - Joe Miller

Macfadyen starred in the second series of British television drama series Criminal Justice on BBC One.

Written by Peter Moffat, each five-episode series follows the journey of an individual through the justice system.

Macfadyen played Joe Miller, a successful barrister at the height of his profession. He is married to Juliet (Maxine Peake), who is fragile and isolated at home.

He won the 2010 Bafta TV Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role.

Criminal Justice seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Frost/Nixon - John Birt

Macfadyen portrayed John Birt in the 2006 political drama film, Frost/Nixon.

In 1977, Birt - now a British TV executive and businessman - produced David Frost's The Nixon Interviews with the disgraced former US President Richard Nixon on which the film was based. 

The film was nominated for five Oscars for its depiction of those interviews and the tension between the former president and TV host Frost, played by Michael Sheen.

Frost/Nixon is available to watch on Sky Cinema with NOW TV.

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