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Stephen Matthews

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Photo: John Fletcher

Agent:

Simon Beresford

Film

Les Miserables Dir: Tom Hooper
Working Title Films

Theatre

Strictly Ballroom Dir: Drew McConie
Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto
Strictly Ballroom Dir: Drew McConie
West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Dir: Mark Rosenblatt
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Monsieur Popular

Dir: Jeremy Sams
Ustinov Studio Bath

Anything Goes Dir: Daniel Evans
UK Tour
The Boy Who Fell Into A Book Dir: Alan Ayckbourn
Stephen Joseph Theatre
Puss In Boots Dir: Susie McKenna
Hackney Empire
The Lion King Dir: Julie Taymor
Lyceum Theatre, London
Dick Whittington Dir: Hannah Chissick
Salisbury Playhouse
The Producers Dir: Susan Stroman
Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Round The Horn
Revisited Tour
Dir: Michael Kingsbury
Blue Box Entertainment
Aladdin Dir: Susie McKenna
The Hackney Empire
Cleo Camping
Emmanuelle & Dick
Dir: Hannah Chissick
Harrogate Theatre
A Christmas Carol Dir: Susie McKenna
The Hackney Empire
Beauty And The Beast Dir: Robert Jeff Roth
National Tour
Crows Dir: Sarah Frankom
National Theatre Studio
Pirates Of Penzance Dir: Ian Talbot
West Yorkshire Playhouse & Open Air Theatre Regents Park
Les Miserables Dir: James Powell
Palace Theatre
Lady In The Dark Dir: Francesca Zambello
Royal National Theatre
Oliver Dir: Sam Mendes
London Palladium
Les Miserables Dir: Trevor Nunn
Palace Theatre
Death Of A Salesman Dir: Mark Clements
Derby Playhouse
Jubilee Dir: Ian Marshall Fisher
Barbican Theatre
Snoopy Dir: Anthony Drew
Watermill Theatre
Inkle & Yariko Dir: Simon Godwin
B.A.C.
Mother Goose Dir: Susie McKenna
The Hackney Empire
On The Twentieth Century Dir: Carole Metcalfe
Royal National Theatre
Little Shop Of Horrors Dir: Mark Clements
Derby Playhouse
Kiss Me Kate Dir: Roger Redfarn
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Showboat Dir: Ian Judge
London Palladium
Grease Dir: Bob Thompson
Grand Theatre Swansea
The Wizard Of Oz Dir: Sheila Mander
Everyman Theatre
Treasure Island Dir: Colin Bennett
Mermaid Theatre & Tour
Prisoner Cell Block H Dir: Stewart Trotter
Dominion Theatre & Tour
Sherlock Holmes Dir: George Roman
Cambridge Theatre
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers Dir: Michael Winter
Theatre Royal, York
The Wizard Of Oz Dir: Martin Harvey
Northcott Exeter
Annie Dir: Peter Walker
UK Tour
Mr Cinders Dir: Patrick Sandford
Perth Repertory
An Inspector Calls Dir: Derek Sander
Edinburgh Festival
HMS Pinafore Dir: Joe Dowling
Old Vic Theatre

TV

Holby City Dir: Nigel Douglas
BBC
The Nightwatch Dir: Richard Laxton
BBC
David, The True Believer Dir: Claire Bevan
BBC TV
Blue Peter Quest Dir: Catherine Barton
BBC TV
The Bill
'Protect And Survive'
Dir: John Davis
Thames Television

Skills

Dance Ballet
Various Excellent movement skills

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Reviews

STRICTLY BALLROOM
“Tamsin Caroll and Stephen Matthews are excellent as Scott’s parents, the former the essence of
sprayed-on serenity and the latter of downtrodden decency, his own middle-aged rebellion
provoking the biggest cheer of the night.” - Michael Arditti (Daily Express)

“Scott’s apparently insignificant father, Doug (Stephen Matthews, very good), is like the absent mother in the Cinders story.” - Lyn Gardner (Guardian)

“Stephen Matthews’ beautifully stoical performance as Sam’s dad Doug.” - Mark Shenton (The Stage)

“It’s satisfying that lots of characters here look like they should (including Stephen Matthews’ lovely, washed out Doug, with his pleading moon face and knee high socks) - Claire Allfree (Daily Telegraph)

“Sam Lips and Gemma Sutton as Scott and Fran harmonise sublimely on “Time After Time” and elicit emotion in their duet “Beautiful Surprise”, as does Stephen Matthews playing Scott’s understated father.”  - James Willstrop (Whatsonstage.com)

“Some characters are cornered into cliche – the pushy mother, the camp dance instructor, the manipulative ballroom association president. Others have space to display a more engaging humanity. Stephen Matthews’s downtrodden dad conjures pathos out of silence.” - Clare Brennan (The Observer)

“As Scott’s uncommunicative and unhappy parents, Tamsin Carroll and Stephen Matthews are flawless – funny, fractious and frightened in equal measure. They play off each other beautifully, in scenes that are ragged with pain and unspoken difficulties. Neither mistakes character for caricature; Shirley and Doug are real. The flashback scene, where each reveal a completely different side to their personality and relationship, is a torrent of surprise and comedic touches. Both create startling moments of power which are very affecting: the look on Carroll’s face as she watches Scott and Fran finally trip the light fantastic is heart-skewering, a flush of emotions as
years of misplaced devotion and unnecessary harshness evaporate in a flood of maternal pride; Matthews’ steely solo hand-clapping which leads to the rug being pulled from under (and over) Barry Fife’s head electrifies the auditorium. Both flesh out by their detailed performances much in their relationship which the book keeps curiously silent.” - Stephen Collins (Livetheatreuk)

ANYTHING GOES

“Wit and high comic spirits percolate effortlessly throughout the fabric of Daniel Evans’ utterly loving production, exemplified by (but not confined to) the exemplary comic elasticity of the performances of Stephen Matthews as the buffoon Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh and the gloriously hangdog Hugh Sachs as Moonface Martin (“Public Enemy Number 13”).” - Mark Shenton (The Stage)

“Stephen Matthews gives a splendidly dotty turn as a displaced English aristocrat, whose presence is the one clear indication of PG Wodehouse’s hand in creating the libretto” - Alfred Hinckley (The Guardian)

“Mr Matthews’ Lord Evelyn, initially irritating with American-slang jokes, becomes a great creation with his spindly limbs – his solo The Gypsy in Me is a sock-suspender belter.” - Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

THE BOY WHO FELL INTO A BOOK

“Stephen Matthews deliciously desiccates his Scottish historical-romance villain.” - Clare Brennan (The Guardian)

Stats

Eyes: Brown   
Hair: Brown   
Height: 5'10"   
Vocal Range: Excellent High Baritone
(G Below Middle C To Top Bb)

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