British actor Matthew Macfadyen won the prestigious Emmy for his role in the TV series Succession, find out what we know about the actor!
The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards took place on Tuesday and many TV series and actors walked away with the prestigious award, with BBC Spooks actor Matthew Macfadyen being one of them.
The actor won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his character Tom Wambsgans in the show Succession, which also won Outstanding Drama Series. Macfadyen was elated in his speech following the win.
As much of what is known about his character and his performance which won him the award, what do we know about Matthew Macfadyen?
The actor's portfolio
Following his entry into the television medium and a few minor roles here and there, the actor found fame through the BBC spy drama series Spooks, reports The Guardian. The actor played Tom Quinn, the chief of Section D, a counter-terrorism division in the show.
The actor then appeared in the film In My Father's Den for which he got nominated for best actor at the British Independent Film Awards. Following that, his role in Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy, although not entirely accepted by the fans of the original British TV series whose character was portrayed by Colin Firth, found success amongst the younger audience.
Macfadyen's second break came through the series Succession which began airing in 2018. His portrayal of the slimy yet vulnerable character of Tom Wambsgans earned him critical and audience acclaim, reports Vanity Fair.
He then returned to British television through his portrayal of the controversial figure Major Charles Ingram on the show Quiz on ITV. The show chronicles the Ingram's journey of fraudulently winning Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that's portrayed in a tragic yet comedic and sensible way by Macfadyen.
His personal life
Macfadyen is reportedly private when it comes to his life behind the screens. As opposed to the volatile character he portrays in Succession, he's a calm and cheery individual in person whose talent has been under the radar for the majority of his career, reports Vanity Fair.
David Oyelowo, his friend and co-star from Spooks recalls saying that 'the reality is that you are an indisputable leading man, and you keep hiding in the corner.'
Who is Macfadyen married to?
During his time in Spooks, Macfadyen met his co-star and future wife Keely Hawes. Wales Online reports that the actress was initially married to Spencer McCallum, a cartoon designer.
It was a controversial start to their relationship given that Hawes was still married to McCallum, and she eventually divorced him in 2004 and got married to Macfadyen a few months after that.
The couple has two children together, Maggie Macfadyen and Ross Macfadyen, and his wife shares her first child, Myles McCallum with her first husband, reports Wales Online.
What's next for the actor?
Deadline reports that Macfadyen teased the events of season 4 of Succession at Emmy's backstage following his win. The focus on his character will be heightened following the intense events that unfolded in season 3.
Additionally, the actor and his wife Hawes are set to appear together in the drama series Stonehouse on ITV, which follows the life of the controversial Labour minister John Thomson Stonehouse.