Matthew Goode was born in Exeter, England, the youngest of five siblings (he has a brother, two half brothers and a half sister from his mother's other marriage); Goode grew up in Devon with a geologist father and a nurse mother who was also an amateur theatre director. Matthew studied drama at the University of Birmingham and classical theatre at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
Matthew may be best known for his role as Mandy Moore's romantic interest in the 2004 film Chasing Liberty. Beforehand, Matthew had played the brother of Inspector Lynley in the BBC production Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Suitable Vengeance and had parts in the TV-movie Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and the Shakespearean stage play The Tempest.
Matthew has since appeared in the films Match Point and Imagine Me & You. His next film role will be in Copying Beethoven, opposite Ed Harris and Diane Kruger.
Matthew is dating a woman whom he met through a friend during an encounter he calls, "brilliantly random". They have been dating since late summer of 2005.
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