Matt Barber (born 26 March 1983) is an English film, television and theatre actor.
Early life and education:
Born in Hammersmith, London, he grew up in Hampshire, training classically as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral before receiving academic and music scholarships to Bradfield College, where he was head boy.
Barber studied Classics and Philosophy at Durham University
He trained professionally as an actor at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating in 2007.
He is best known for his role as Atticus Aldridge in Downton Abbey. Previous roles include Freddie Eynsford-Hill in Peter Hall's Pygmalion opposite Michelle Dockery at the Old Vic and internationally and Lysander in Jonathan Kent's The Fairy-Queen at Glyndebourne.
Film and TV:
ITV / PBS
A Moorland Holiday, Carnival Film and Television
ITV / PBS
Season 5, Carnival Film and Television
Deadly Virtues: Love. Honour. Obey
Raindance/ Mullholland films
Dracula (TV series)
NBC / Sky Living
Season 1, Eps. 1 & 2 - Carnival Film and Television
The Other Wife
Bert and Dickie
Season 2, Ep. 6
The Alchemistic Suitcase
Vivaldi, The Red Priest
The Heart of Thomas Hardy
Savage Beauty, directed by James Albrecht (St James's Theatre, 2013) as "Paris (mythology)/Orestes/Jason/Oedipus",
The Fairy-Queen, directed by Jonathan Kent (director) (Glyndebourne, 2012) as "Lysander",
Portraits, directed by Alex Marker (Finborough Theatre, 2011) as "Joe",
Edward II, directed by Peter Darney (The Rose (theatre), Bankside, 2011), as "Edward II",
"Barber is an excellent Edward - naive, excitable, and ultimately pitiable... mesmerising"
The Misanthrope, directed by Andrew Hilton (Bristol Old Vic, 2011), as "Acaste",
Twelfth Night, directed by Andrew Normington (Birmingham Old Rep Theatre and International Tour, 2009), as Orsino (Twelfth Night),
Human By Default, directed by Louisa Fitzgerald (Old Red Lion, 2009), as "Simon",
Pygmalion, directed by Peter Hall (director) (Old Vic, Bath Theatre Royal, 2008, and International Tour, 2009 2008), as "Freddie Eynsford-Hill",
You Can't Take It With You, directed by Gavin McAlinden (Southwark Playhouse, 2007), as "Tony",
Much Ado About Nothing, directed by John Hartoch (RSC and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) as "Claudio" and "Verges"
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