The amer­i­cans

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 3 MARCH -

best known for his role as kevin walker in drama se­ries broth­ers & sis­ters (20062011), matthew rhys has tv fans talk­ing for a dif­fer­ent rea­son th­ese days. play­ing rus­sian spy phillip jen­nings in ac­tion se­ries the amer­i­cans (2013-cur­rent) has earned him a se­ri­ous fan fol­low­ing and more…

matthew is best friends with fel­low welsh ac­tors ioan gruf­fudd (mr fan­tas­tic in the fan­tas­tic 4 movies (2005-cur­rent) and martin sheen (wil­liam masters in masters of sex, 2013-cur­rent) – they lived to­gether for 10 years and matt was ioan’s best man at his 2007 wed­ding. his first ex­pe­ri­ence in act­ing was play­ing elvis pres­ley when he was at school and he was hooked – he ap­plied to the royal academy of dra­matic art in lon­don and got a schol­ar­ship in 1993. his amer­i­cans co-star keri rus­sell (felic­ity, 1998-2002) is also his girl­friend – they’ve been dat­ing since early 2014, a cou­ple of months af­ter keri split from her hus­band. like a num­ber of ac­tors, matthew gives his time to var­i­ous char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing spinal in­jury char­ity trust pa, the noah’s ark ap­peal (a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal fund in wales) and bo­bath chil­dren’s ther­apy cen­tre wales, which helps chil­dren with cere­bral palsy. act­ing’s not the 40-year-old’s only pas­sion – in 2010 he pro­duced the doc­u­men­tary mr hol­ly­wood (about welsh in­dus­tri­al­ist grif­fith j grif­fith). that same year, matthew wrote a pho­to­graphic jour­nal called patag­o­nia: cross­ing the plain (about his month-long horse­back ride through the south amer­i­can re­gion) and in 2011 he founded his pro­duc­tion com­pany patag­o­nia. and while he loves act­ing, matthew ad­mits to some­times “catch­ing my­self go­ing, ‘what am i do­ing? i’m 40 and run­ning around in a wig pre­tend­ing to be a spy!’ this isn’t a real job…”

matthew rhys is at the top of his game when it

comes to tv spy­ing.

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