Matthew Rhys stars as “Philip Jennings,” a father of two who is good at everything he does, from arranging travel for a preferred corporate customer to kidnapping a Soviet defector and smuggling him back to the motherland. The biggest struggle for Philip, a Russian spy who fits into his decades-long role as an “all-American” a little too well, is trying to reconcile the realities of his mission with his obligations as a father. As his daughter, Paige, is lured toward the family business, Philip must consider just how far he is willing to go for his country.
With his acclaimed performances on television, film and the stage, Matthew Rhys has solidified his place in the industry as a reputable and versatile actor.
Rhys has been earning rave reviews for his role in the The Americans. For his performance, Rhys has garnered nominations for a Primetime Emmy® Award for "Best Actor in a Drama Series," Critics Choice Television Awards for “Best Actor in a Drama Series,” Television Critics Association Awards for “Individual Achievement in Drama” and a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama.
Rhys just wrapped Warner Bros. Jungle Book: Origins, directed by Andy Serkis, starring Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett, to debut in 2017. Last year, he appeared in the films: Burnt, the John Wells-directed culinary project opposite Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, and Christian Carion’s En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait (Come What May). In the Steven Knight-scripted Burnt, he played “Reece,” the rival of Cooper’s chef character. En mai, fais ce qu’il te plait followed Rhys as a stranded British army officer who teams up with a German fugitive to find his son in Nazi-occupied France.
In 2013 Rhys starred in Daniel Percival’s miniseries Death Comes To Pemberley, taking on the iconic role of “Mr. Darcy.” The BBC and PBS adaption of the novel of the same name, takes the characters from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and plunges them into a murder mystery.
In 2008, Rhys starred as legendary poet Dylan Thomas in The Edge of Love opposite Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller. This performance earned him a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Cymru Award nomination for “Best Actor.” Other film credits include Love And Other Disasters, Virgin Territory, The Testimony Of Taliesin Jones, Very Annie Mary, Peaches, Tabloid and Deathwatch.
On the small screen, Rhys previously starred in ABC’s hit drama Brothers & Sisters, where he played “Kevin Walker.” The series followed the California-based Walker family through the ups and downs of their lives. Most recently, he starred in Charles Sturridge’s independent film, The Scapegoat, in which he played the roles of both “John” and “Johnny” in a story about two men who realize they are each other’s exact double. Additional television credits include the lead role in Metropolis, a drama series following the lives of six twenty-somethings living in London; BBC’s The Lost World, which recreated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tale of British explorers searching for an undiscovered plateau inhabited by prehistoric beasts; and the 2012 BBC miniseries The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
On stage, Rhys opened to huge critical acclaim when he starred as “Benjamin” opposite Kathleen Turner in the 2000 world premiere of the stage adaptation of The Graduate at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. In 2011, Rhys made his off-Broadway debut playing the lead role in the Sam Gold-directed revival of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger.
Rhys attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.
Born and raised in the historic city of Cardiff, South Wales, Rhys currently lives in New York.