Matthew Macfadyen is one of the most talented and charismatic working in the film industry right now. The brilliant English actor is currently starring in the best television series on air Succession, which is coming to an end with its fourth and final season this year. Macfadyen has been in the industry for a long time but his breakout role as Mr. Darcy came in the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. So, if you like Tom Wambsgans, here are the 10 best movies and shows starring Matthew Macfadyen you should watch.
10. Anna Karenina (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Academy Award® nominee Keira Knightley, Academy Award® nominee Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson dazzle in this stunning new vision of Leo Tolstoy’s epic love story. At the twilight of an empire, Anna Karenina (Knightley), the beautiful high-ranking wife of one of imperial Russia’s most esteemed men (Law), has it all. But when she meets the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson), there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot be ignored. She’s immediately swept up in a passionate affair that will shock a nation and change the lives of everyone around her.
9. Death at a Funeral (Prime Video & Tubi)
Synopsis: Death at a Funeral is a hilarious day in the life of an American family come together to put a beloved husband and father to rest. As mourners gather at the family home, shocking revelations, festering resentments, ugly threats, blackmail and a misdirected corpse unleash lethal and riotous mayhem.
8. Spooks (Prime Video Premium Subscription)
Synopsis: Spooks takes us into the thrilling world of M.I.5 -known to insiders simply as ‘Five’ -the clandestine security service, and the people who make up the elite team. They tackle organisedcrime, terrorist activities, embassy sieges, weapons proliferation and anarchists, not to mention the conflicts and power struggles back in the office.
7. Howards End (Starz & The Roku Channel)
Synopsis: Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell star in this four-part drama miniseries adapted from E.M. Forster’s novel. When Helen Schlegel (Philippa Coulthard) becomes engaged to one of the materialistic Wilcox family, the Schlegels attempt to convince her to reconsider. However, despite Helen breaking off the engagement, the lives of the two differing families soon become increasingly intertwined as Margaret Schlegel (Atwell) renews her friendship with the ailing Ruth Wilcox (Julia Ormond), who decides to bequeath her house, Howards End, to her. Nevertheless, upon Mrs Wilcox’s death her family close ranks and refuse to inform Margaret of her inheritance. When the widowed Henry Wilcox (Macfadyen) then begins to take a romantic interest in Margaret, the ensuing relationship leads to further complications and ultimately tragedy.
6. Little Dorrit (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: This gripping series by Andrew Davies brings to life Dickens’s powerful story of struggle and hardship in 1820s London. When Arthur Clennam returns to England after many years abroad, his curiosity is piqued by the presence in his mother’s house of a young seamstress, Amy Dorrit. Where will Arthur’s quest to discover the truth leave him in the scheme of things? And where will it leave the Dorrits?
5. Ripper Street (Crackle & Fubo TV)
Synopsis: April 1889 – six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, East London is emerging into a fragile peace, hopeful that this killer’s reign of terror might at last have run its course. Nowhere is this truer than in the corridors of H Division, the police precinct charged with keeping order in the chaos of Whitechapel. Its men hunted this maniac; and failed to find him. Ripper Street is their story. Between the factories, rookeries, chop shops and pubs that mark out this maelstrom moves Detective Inspector Edmund Reid (Matthew Macfadyen) – a forward thinking detective haunted by a tragic past mistake. Accompanied by the ever loyal local brawn of Detective Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn) and the mercurial brilliance of the U.S. Army surgeon and one-time Pinkerton detective, Captain Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), Reid seeks to bring justice and the rule of law to a world that is forever on the brink of mayhem.
4. Operation Mincemeat (Netflix)
Synopsis: It’s 1943. The Allies are determined to break Hitler’s grip on occupied Europe, and plan an all-out assault on Sicily; but they face an impossible challenge – how to protect a massive invasion force from potential massacre. It falls to two remarkable intelligence officers, Ewen Montagu (Colin Firth) and Charles Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) to dream the most inspired and improbable disinformation strategy of the war – centred on the most unlikely of secret agents: a dead man. Operation Mincemeat is the extraordinary and true story of an idea that hoped to alter the course of the war – defying logic, risking countless thousands of lives, and testing the nerves of its creators to breaking point.
3. Stonehouse (Prime Video Premium Subscription)
Synopsis: Matthew Macfadyen stars in this unbelievable true story of John Stonehouse, the British politician who faked his own death.
2. Pride & Prejudice (Peacock)
Synopsis: When Elizabeth Bennet meets the handsome Mr. Darcy, she believes he is the last man on earth she could ever marry. But as their lives become intertwined in an unexpected adventure, she finds herself captivated by the very person she swore to loathe for all eternity. Based on the beloved masterpiece by Jane Austen, it is the classic tale of love and misunderstanding.
1. Succession (HBO Max)
Synopsis: Power, politics, money…it’s all in the family in this provocative, bitingly funny drama series about a highly dysfunctional dynasty. When aging, uber-wealthy patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), CEO of one of the world’s largest media and entertainment conglomerates, decides to retire, each of his four grown children follows a personal agenda that doesn’t always sync with those of their siblings–or of their father. After Logan changes his mind about stepping down, he endures the often-childish bickering of his heirs while others in their orbit position themselves for a post-Logan world that seems imminent, though not predestined. Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Alan Ruck co-star as Logan’s children; also with Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun and Matthew Macfadyen.