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Born: April 3, 1978 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Devon, England, GB Profession: actor

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From classical stage training to period television dramas, British actor Matthew Goode started out on that well-traveled path to an international film career, but after turning out supporting performances that were much more memorable than warranted, he was bumped up to star status in short order. He earned a significant female following for his role as the charming secret service agent and love object of the president's teen daughter (Mandy Moore) in "Chasing Liberty" (2004), and critical kudos for his posh performance in the acclaimed Woody Allen film, "Match Point" (2005). Goode went on to surprise audiences with his ensemble role in the comic book adaptation "Watchmen" (2009) as the dapper Ozymandias, and while the period dramas regularly invited the actor back into their worlds, he revealed himself to be a versatile, charming leading man known for his off-the-cuff sense of humor.A native of the western English county of Devon, Goode was born April 3, 1978, to a geologist father and nurse mother. He was raised in the city of Exeter where he was encouraged to act by his mother, a local theater director who often cast him in productions as a child. Goode's talent took him to the University of...

From classical stage training to period television dramas, British actor Matthew Goode started out on that well-traveled path to an international film career, but after turning out supporting performances that were much more memorable than warranted, he was bumped up to star status in short order. He earned a significant female following for his role as the charming secret service agent and love object of the president's teen daughter (Mandy Moore) in "Chasing Liberty" (2004), and critical kudos for his posh performance in the acclaimed Woody Allen film, "Match Point" (2005). Goode went on to surprise audiences with his ensemble role in the comic book adaptation "Watchmen" (2009) as the dapper Ozymandias, and while the period dramas regularly invited the actor back into their worlds, he revealed himself to be a versatile, charming leading man known for his off-the-cuff sense of humor.

A native of the western English county of Devon, Goode was born April 3, 1978, to a geologist father and nurse mother. He was raised in the city of Exeter where he was encouraged to act by his mother, a local theater director who often cast him in productions as a child. Goode's talent took him to the University of Birmingham where he studied drama, and onto classical training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Goode's professional acting career began on the London stage with roles including Ariel in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." He expanded into television with "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister"(2002), alongside established stars Stockard Channing and Jonathan Pryce. Affable, cheeky and boyishly handsome, the actor appeared in the film "Al sur de Granada" (2003) and the BBC TV adaptation of "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance" (2003) before scoring his international breakout in 2004. That year, Goode was introduced to American audiences as the bodyguard/love interest of the president's daughter (Mandy Moore) in the teen romantic comedy "Chasing Liberty" (2004). The virtually unknown actor triumphed over dozens of other British actors for the part, and as a result, became an overnight commodity in Hollywood.

Before shooting his next big American vehicle, Goode appeared in a pair of British productions that were already in the can - a BBC miniseries of Anthony Trollope's "He Knew He Was Right" (2004), and the TV movie of Agatha Christie's "Marple: A Murder is Announced" (2005). Then filmmaking icon Woody Allen cast Goode as a posh Londoner and fiancé of an American actress (Scarlett Johansson) in the critically hailed "Match Point" (2005). Following the success of Allen's against-type thriller, Goode landed a starring role as a man who loses his wife (Piper Perabo) to another woman in Ol Parker's romantic comedy "Imagine Me & You" (2006) and had a supporting role in "Copying Beethoven" (2006), a panned biopic of the famous composer. Defying his pretty-boy image, he gave an affecting performance as a criminal low-life who takes advantage of a brain damaged bank janitor to facilitate a robbery in "The Lookout" (2007). He returned to period wardrobe to play a young incarnation of author Laurence Durrell in "My Family and Other Animals" (BBC/PBS, 2007), a TV movie based on the bestselling childhood memoir of Gerald Durrell.

Goode returned to theaters to star alongside Emma Thompson in a big screen adaptation of "Brideshead Revisited" (2008), a film that suffered from endless comparisons to the landmark British miniseries version of 1981, then lent his sophisticated air to the character of vigilante superhero Ozymandias (alter ego of Adrian Veidt) in the comic book adaptation "Watchmen" (2009). Continuing to prove his versatility and appeal in an even wider range of roles, Goode next landed in an adaptation of Christopher Isherwood's novel, "A Single Man" (2009), the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford. Widely acclaimed on the film festival circuit and with a number of Golden Globe nominations, the film chronicled a day in the life of gay college professor (Colin Firth) in early 1960s California, and featured Goode in flashback sequences as the professor's deceased, longtime boyfriend. While the film was still earning praise in critical circles, Goode unfortunately appeared in a starring role in the predictable romantic comedy "Leap Year" (2010), as a surly Irish innkeeper who turns the head of an American woman (Amy Adams). Having raised his profile with a run of Hollywood films, Goode teamed with U.K. comedy writer-directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in "Cemetery Junction" (2010), the duo's film about twenty-something office workers in 1970s-era England.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Birthmarked (2018)
4.
 Allied (2016)
5.
 Self/Less (2015)
6.
 Pressure (2015)
7.
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 Belle (2014)
10.
 Stoker (2013)
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Began acting career on stage in productions such as Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Lorca's "Blood Wedding"
2009:
Played Colin Firth's lover in Tom Ford's directorial debut "A Single Man"
2008:
Played leading role of Charles Ryder in film adaptation "Brideshead Revisited"
2010:
Co-starred with Amy Adams in romantic comedy "Leap Year"
2006:
Appeared in British romantic comedy "Imagine Me & You"
2009:
Cast as superhero Ozymandias in graphic novel adaptation "Watchmen"
2005:
Cast in supporting role opposite Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Woody Allen's "Match Point"
2003:
Learned lines in Spanish for "South of Granada"; debuted at Cannes Film Festival and released theatrically in Spain
2004:
Landed breakthrough role as Mandy Moore's love interest in "Chasing Liberty"
2007:
Played a criminal opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "The Lookout"
2003:
Played lead in BBC movie "The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance"
2004:
Starred in BBC period production of Anthony Trollope's "He Knew He Was Right"
2002:
TV movie debut, played Casper in retelling of Cinderella story "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" (ABC)
2011:
Played a chef in romantic drama "Burning Man"
2013:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska in drama thriller "Stoker"
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Education

University of Birmingham: -
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art: -

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