Ok, the previous Matthew Macfadyen post was a bit… lacking… owing to a minor disagreement between Kendra and I about his Man=Candy-ness. A number of you readers were quick to point out that I skipped pretty much everything he’s been in, so I decided I owe all you Macfadyenites a do-over.
Matthew Macfadyen plays Hareton in this adaptation of the classic Emily Brontë novel.
Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (2000)
Matthew Macfadyen plays “Waller,” a character that I’m assuming is based on Dr. Waller, a family friend of the Doyles whom Sir Arthur’s mother was especially close to.
Matthew Macfadyen plays Cave, a fictionalized character involved with the events surrounding efforts to decrypt Nazi transmissions at the height of World War II.
Perfect Strangers (2001)
Ok, he’s not actually in the costume flick portion of this film, which flashes back and forth between decades, but I would be severely remiss if I didn’t include this photo.
I can’t believe there’s a bustle era flick that we haven’t had an in-depth review of yet. Especially one starring Shirley Henderson!
The Reckoning (2002)
This screengrab has terrible resolution, but the costume has me intrigued. Also, the film co-stars Paul Bettany. Why haven’t I watched this yet???
I mean, duh. Of course we have to include this one.
I think this film takes place in the 1960s, but I’m not entirely sure and I kind of don’t want to watch it to find out. Creepy priest shenanigans are a no-go for me.
This is one of those post-1969 films that I am willing to make an exception for. The attention to detail and storytelling in this drama is fantastic.
Marple: A Pocket Full of Rye (2008)
Matthew Macfadyen plays Inspector Neele in “A Pocket Full of Rye.”
Little Dorrit (2008)
Matthew Macfadyen plays Arthur, who is caught up in the same web of family secrets as Amy Dorrit resulting in their fortunes rising and falling dramatically.
I’m actually surprised I haven’t seen this one yet, since it’s got Helena Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton, author of many of the children’s novels I read growing up. Matthew Macfadyen plays Enid’s first husband, Hugh Pollock.
Robin Hood (2010)
Matthew Macfadyen is in this film as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Maybe I’ll actually get around to watching it for Snark Week, one of these years.
Let me state, for the record, that I actually greatly enjoyed this miniseries adaptation of Ken Follet’s (massive) novel about building a cathedral in the 12th century, stereotypical medievalisms notwithstanding. Matthew Macfadyen played the gentle Philip, Prior of Kingsbridge.
Any Human Heart (2010)
Matthew Macfadyen plays Logan Mountstuart during his adulthood in the 1930s and 1940s.
The Three Musketeers (2011)
Ok, so it’s not Bernard Rose’s Anna Karenina (1997), but I actually enjoyed this take on Tolstoy’s doomed heroine. Matthew MacFadyen stars as Oblonsky, Anna’s brother.
Another one of these shows I am endlessly promising myself I will get around to watching and yet somehow never do.
So many of my friends LOVE Bernard Cornwell’s novels, but I just can’t get excited about watching any of their screen adaptations, The Last Kingdom included. Not even Matthew Macfadyen can make me want to sit through hours of mud and blood. Sorry.
The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (2015)
Matthew Macfadyen plays Georg von Trapp, in this drama based on the famous family of The Sound of Music fame.
Churchill’s Secret (2016)
The film centers around the efforts of the British government to hide the fact that Winston Churchill suffered a stroke shortly after being elected as Prime Minister for a second time, in 1953.
You can read all that we had to say about the remake of Howard’s End. I’ll just leave it at that.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)
Honestly, this looks like a pretty film with some good mix of historical accuracy and fantasy. Also, it marks the third time Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen have teamed up in a film.
Matthew Macfadyen plays investment banker J.P. Morgan, in this film depicting the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in their “war of the currents.”
Operation Mincemeat (2021)
There’s not a lot of information about this film yet, but it’s based on the true events surrounding disgraced British politician John Stonehouse. Looks to be set in the years running up to Stonehouse’s attempt to fake his own death in 1974.
There you go! I hope you enjoyed this proper tour of Matthew Macfadyen’s frock flick career to date! Share your favorite flick with us in the comments!