Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His notable films have included Chasing Liberty, Match Point, Watchmen, Brideshead Revisited, Leap Year, Imagine Me and You, and A Single Man.
Born in Exeter, Devon, Goode is the youngest child of five siblings (he has a brother, two half brothers and a half sister, television presenter Sally Meen, from his mother's other marriage). He grew up in the village of Clyst St. Mary, near Exeter with a geologist father and a nurse mother, Jennifer, who was also an amateur theatre director.
Goode was educated at Exeter School, an independent school in Exeter, Devon, followed by the University of Birmingham and London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.