Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. He made his screen-debut in 2002 with ABC's TV movie feature Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. His breakthrough role was in romantic comedy Chasing Liberty (2004), for which he received a nomination at Teen Choice Awards. He then appeared in supporting roles in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005), the German-British romantic comedy Imagine Me and You (2006), the period drama Copying Beethoven (2006). He gained praise for his performance as an aspiring artist in Julian Jarrold's drama Brideshead Revisited (2008) and as Ozymandias in the American neo-noir-superhero film Watchmen (2009), based on DC Comics' limited series of the same name. He then starred in romantic comedy Leap Year (2010) and Australian drama Burning Man (2011), the latter earning him a nomination for Best Actor at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.

Other notable film roles include The Lookout (2007), A Single Man (2009), Cemetery Junction (2010), Stoker (2013), Belle (2013), The Imitation Game (2014) and Self/less (2015). As well as appearing in films, Goode has appeared in numerous television shows. His most notable television roles include Henry Talbot in the final season of historical period drama Downton Abbey and Finley "Finn" Polmar in the CBS legal drama The Good Wife. He also had a lead role in short-lived, critically acclaimed British drama Dancing on the Edge, as music journalist Stanley Mitchell, for which he earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Television Film at the Satellite Awards.

Early life

Goode was born in Exeter, Devon. His father is a geologist and his mother, Jennifer, is a nurse and amateur theatre director. Goode is the youngest of five children with a brother, two half-brothers, and a half-sister, television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's previous marriage. He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter. Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon, followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.


Goode played Peter Lynley, the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and co-starred in the TV film Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name and William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. In 2004, Goode made his American film debut opposite Mandy Moore in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty.

Goode co-starred in Woody Allen's thriller Match Point, opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Scarlett Johansson, Ol Parker's romantic comedy Imagine Me & You, opposite Piper Perabo and Lena Headey, the TV film My Family and Other Animals, opposite Imelda Staunton, the biographical-musical drama Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger and Scott Frank's crime drama The Lookout opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He had a whimsical take on Brooke Burgess in the BBC miniseries He Knew He Was Right based upon Anthony Trollope's novel of the same name.

In 2008, Goode starred in the drama film Brideshead Revisited as Charles Ryder, based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of the same name. In 2009, Goode co-starred opposite Malin Akerman in Zack Snyder's superhero film Watchmen as Ozymandias/Adrian Veidt, and co-starred opposite Colin Firth in the drama film A Single Man, based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name. In 2010, he co-starred opposite Amy Adams in the romantic comedy Leap Year.

In 2013, Goode played the lead in the short lived, critically acclaimed BBC Two drama Dancing on the Edge, as magazine columnist Stanley Mitchell. That same year, he co-starred opposite Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman in the psychological thriller film Stoker.

Also in 2013, Goode co-starred as George Wickham opposite Matthew Rhys in the three-part BBC murder mystery miniseries Death Comes to Pemberley, based on P. D. James' novel of the same name, and a spin-off of the 1995 drama miniseries Pride and Prejudice to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's novel of the same name.

In March 2014, Goode joined the cast of the CBS legal drama The Good Wife during the fifth season replacing Josh Charles, who played Will Gardner as Finley "Finn" Polmar, a State prosecutor. He made his debut in the fifteenth episode titled "Dramatics, Your Honor" in which Will was killed off. That same year, he co-starred in the historical thriller The Imitation Game as Hugh Alexander, a British Second World War cryptanalyst and chess champion.

In 2014, Goode co-starred in the ITV drama Downton Abbey's Season 5 Christmas special titled "A Moorland Holiday" as Henry Talbot. He returned to Downton Abbey in October 2015 beginning in the fourth episode of the sixth season.

In May 2015, Goode left The Good Wife after the sixth season finale titled "Wanna Partner?".

Personal life

Goode has been in a relationship with his now-wife Sophie Dymoke since 2007. They have two daughters, Matilda Eve (b. March 2009) and Teddie Eleanor Rose Goode (b. September 2013) and a son Ralph Goode (b. August 2015).



2003Al sur de Granada (South of Granada)Gerald Brenan
2004Chasing LibertyBen Calder
2005Match PointTom Hewett
2006Imagine Me & YouHector
2006Copying BeethovenMartin Bauer
2007Lookout, TheThe LookoutGary Spargo
2008Brideshead RevisitedCharles Ryder
2009WatchmenAdrian Veidt/Ozymandias
2009Single Man, AA Single ManJim
2010Leap YearDeclan O'Callaghan
2010Cemetery JunctionMike Ramsay
2011Burning ManTom
2013StokerUncle Charlie
2013BelleCaptain Sir John Lindsay
2014The Imitation GameHugh Alexander


2002Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterCasparTelevision film
2003Bounty HamsterVarious
2003The Inspector Lynley MysteriesPeter LynleyEpisode: "A Suitable Vengeance"
2004He Knew He Was RightBrooke Burgess2 episodes
2005Agatha Christie's MarplePatrick SimmonsEpisode: "A Murder Is Announced "
2005My Family and Other AnimalsLarry DurrellTelevision film
2012BirdsongCaptain GrayLead role, 2 episodes
2012The Poison TreeRex ClarkeLead role, 2 episodes
2013Dancing on the EdgeStanley MitchellLead role, 6 episodes
2013Death Comes to PemberleyGeorge WickhamLead role, 3 episodes
2014–2015The Good WifeFinley "Finn" PolmarSeries regular, 28 episodes
2014–2015Downton AbbeyHenry Talbot4 episodes, guest: series 5, series regular: series 6
2016The Wine ShowHimselfLead role with Matthew Rhys
2016RootsDr. William WallerLead role, 4 episodes


2004Teen Choice AwardsChoice Breakout Movie Star - MaleChasing LibertyNominated
Choice Movie LiarNominated
2012Film Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - Leading RoleBurning ManNominated
2013Australian Film InstituteBest Lead ActorNominated
2014Satellite AwardsBest Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionDancing on the EdgeNominated
2015Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureThe Imitation GameNominated