Matt Ayleigh


Photo: Michael Wharley


Simon Beresford & Daniel Albert

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All Is True Dir: Kenneth Branagh
Artemis Fowl Dir: Kenneth Branagh
Tribeca Productions/Walt Disney Studios
Charlie & The Kid Dir: Jordon Scott Kennedy
Black Hat Pictures
Dreamland Dir: Julian Harker
Riot Lab
Timon of Athens DIr: Nicholas Hytner
National Theatre LIve
Dread Dir: Anthony DiBlasi
Matador Pictures
City of Ember Dir: Gil Keenan


Precious Little Talent Dir: Dominique Chapman
The Orange Tree 
The Importance Of Being Earnest Dir: Richard Fitch
Theatre Clwyd
The Railway Children Dir: Damian Cruden
Kings Cross Theatre
Only On Sundays Dir: Fiona McDonnell
Birmingham REP
Strawberry & Chocolate Dir: Nancy Medina
Tobacco Factory Theatre
Timon of Athens Dir: Nicholas Hytner
National Theatre
Orpheus & Eurydice Dir: James Dacre
Old Vic Tunnels


Unforgotten Dir: Andy Wilson
The Rook Dir: Kari Skogland
EastEnders Dir: Toby Frow
Genius: Einstein Dir: Ken Biller
Fox 21
Summer In Transylvania Dir: Simon Hynd
The Curfew Dir: Darren Garrett
Little Loud


Winner of 2014/15 Society of London Theatre Laurence Olivier Bursary Prize.

Wales Theatre Award 2018 nomination for The Importance of Being Earnest.

Theatre whilst training

Love For Love Dir: Jenny Stephens
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
The Boy On The Swing Dir: Laura Jasper
Tobacco Factory Theatre
The Merchant Of Venice Dir: Bill Alexander
Redgrave Theatre
Alice In Wonderland Dir: Jenny Stephens
Redgrave Theatre
Hamlet Dir: John Hartoch
BOVTS Studio
Hay Fever Dir: Chris Donnelly
BOVTS Studio
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Dir: Pal Aron
BOVTS Studio
Anatomy Of A Murder Pleasance Theatre
Fathers & Sons Dir: Kim Durham
BOVTS Studio


Accent & Dialects
American, Cockney, Irish, London*, Northern, RP, Scottish Standard, South African, Spanish, Welsh Standard.
Good ear for accents. Phonetically trained.
Languages English
Music & Dance Guitar, Basic Jazz, Modern Dance, Period Dance, Singing Vocal Range: Low G to high B.
Performance Audio Drama, Devising, Improvisation, Mask, Role Play, Voice Over, Stage combat BADC Level 1 Gold.
Sports Horse-Riding, Long Distance Running, Skiing, Swimming.
Vehicles Licences Car Driving Licence


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“As Sam, Matt Jessup is jaw-droppingly good; he easily conveys an American wide-eyed and wide-armed optimism, spouting epigrams from fortune cookies as if they were truths, believing that a motto on a car bumper could save a life one day. ” - Richard Maguire (Reviews Hub)

“The star of the show has to be Matt Jessup who fits the role of Sam so well. Instantly likeable, he infuses [a character] which could be seen as somewhat depressing with energy and positivity leading to many comedic moments throughout.” - Olivia Gibbs-Fairley (A Younger Theatre)

“Matt Jessup and Rebecca Collingwood effortlessly charming and natural as the young couple.”  - Catherine Bardrick (Essential Surrey)


“Jessup has fantastic comedy chops. He’s also a great physical performer …and he’s simply a joy to watch throughout. The real pleasure in watching Jessup is that he never stops being there for a moment.” - Steve Stratford (Art Scene in Wales)

“Matt Jessup ... displayed an ease and comfort onstage that would be envied by any actor ... his repartee was second-to-none. Jessup was suave, cool and outright hilarious and brought a brilliant energy to the role.” - Sarah Gibson (North West End)


Eye Colour: Blue
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Playing Age: 21 - 30 years
Height: 5'7"
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