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New Matthew Macfadyen Interview promoting Private Lives

Matthew Macfadyen is currently seen performing on stage in a stage play, Private Lives with Sex & The City's Kim Cattrall. UK's The Guardian has a new article and interview with Matthew Macfadyen.

Here's an excerpt of his interview...
But there's something unassuming about his appearance – that pliable, vaguely melancholy face, the dark overcoat with the collar up, the satchel strap across his chest – that means you'd probably miss him in a crowd. He's about to star in Noël Coward's Private Lives, with Kim Cattrall, under the direction of Richard Eyre. It's a role that, for rehearsals, requires a commute from west London to a studio in the East End; apparently, he attracts no ­attention on the tube. "It must be odd, being recognisable. I would hate to lose that anonymity. It happened for a while with Spooks. No one notices me now." That's the way he likes it.

For a while, Macfadyen, born in Norfolk, ran the risk of having a very different sort of career. After boarding school, Rada and several productions with the Cheek by Jowl troupe, he landed the role of MI5 section chief Tom Quinn in the first two series of Spooks, and started popping up in the red-tops and weekly gossip mags. Initially, this was due to the success of a show that, with its super-slick production­ values and rococo plotlines, quickly became a BBC cash cow. But when his co-star Keeley Hawes left her new husband for him, Macfadyen found himself famous for other, more complicated reasons (they've since married and have two children, Maggie and Ralph). And then Joe Wright cast him opposite Keira Knightley in 2005's Pride and Prejudice.

In an unguarded moment, Macfadyen­ calls it "the curse of Mr Darcy". He and Colin Firth met for the first time recently and had a good laugh about the syndrome.
Read the full interview here!



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