Matthew Rhys
Matthew Rhys
Portrays Gruffudd y Blaidd
Born Matthew Rhys Evans
November 8, 1974
Cardiff, Wales, UK
Gender Male
Occupation Actor
Years Active 1997–present
Hair Black

Matthew Rhys is a British actor who portrays Gruffudd y Blaidd in FX's The Bastard Executioner.


Matthew was born in Cardiff, Wales, the son of Glyn, a headmaster, and Helen Evans, a teacher. He grew up in Cardiff, and attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art along with his older sister, Rachel, who is now a BBC broadcast journalist. Matthew Rhys was educated via the Welsh-medium schools, Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Melin Gruffydd (in Whitchurch, Cardiff) and Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Glantaf (in Llandaff North, Cardiff).

At age 17, after playing Elvis Presley in a school musical, he applied and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Shortly thereafter, in 1993, he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship. During his time at RADA, Rhys appeared in the BBC police series Back-Up as well as in House of America. He returned to Cardiff to act in his own language in the Welsh film Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave), for which he won Best Actor at the Bafta Cymru (Welsh BAFTAs).

Selected FilmographyEdit

  • Brothers & Sisters
  • The Americans
  • Titus
  • Love and Other Disasters
  • Whatever Happened to Harold Smith?
  • The Abduction Club
  • Virgin Territory
  • The Edge of Love


Season 1 appearances
"Pilot, Part 1" "Pilot, Part 2" "Effigy / Delw" "A Hunger / Newyn" "Piss Profit / Proffidwyr Troeth"
"Thorns / Drain" "Behold the Lamb / Gweled yr Oen" "Broken Things / Pethau Toredig" "The Bernadette Maneuver / Cynllwyn Bernadette" "Blood and Quiescence / Crau a Chwsg"

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