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The Sapphires movie premiere at State Theatre, Sydney, Australia, 2012
Matthew Day

(1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Spouse(s)Kirsty Thomson

Matthew Day (born 28 September 1971), credited as Matt Day, is an Australian actor and filmmaker.


Early life

Day was born in Melbourne, Victoria. [1] When he was 11 years old, he went to live in the United States with his father, a newspaper correspondent, where he became interested in acting. [2] On his return to Australia, he attended Princes Hill Secondary College, in North Carlton, Melbourne and joined St Martins Youth Arts Centre in South Yarra. [2]


Day was spotted by an agent [2] at the age of 14 and was soon cast in his first role in the ABC television series c/o The Bartons . At 17, he left his home in Carlton and relocated to Sydney for the role in the television series A Country Practice that was to be his first big break. [3]

He has since gone on to establish a reputation as one of Australia's leading film, television and theatre actors, appearing in numerous Australian television series and telemovies including Rake, [4] Tangle, Hell Has Harbour Views, [5] My Brother Jack and Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. Feature credits include Touch, My Year Without Sex , Love and Other Catastrophes , Muriel’s Wedding , Woody Allen's Scoop , and Kiss or Kill , for which he received nominations for a Film Critic Circle Award and an AFI Award for Best Actor. His international television credits include Shackleton with Kenneth Branagh, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Commander, Spooks, Hotel Babylon, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Bruce Beresford's And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.

Short films as writer/director include Beat (2011 St Kilda Film Festival) My Everything (2003 Toronto Short Film Festival) and Wish (Turner Classic Shorts 2008 Winner - Special Mention, London Film Festival, Encounters Short Film Festival, Foyle Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Stockholm Film Festival).

In 2017 he won the 25th Tropfest short film festival for his comic short film The Mother situation, which he both directed and acted in. [6]

Personal life

Day's parents divorced when he was young. His mother, an English teacher, took him around Europe for six months when he was 7 and his brother Michael was 9. [2] He said later that "the whole experience went definitely some way to influencing my wanderlust". [2]

Day moved with his wife, journalist Kirsty Thomson, to London in 2000, not returning to Australia until 2007. The couple now live in Sydney and have two sons, Jackson and Rufus.


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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Rand, Hannah (3 May 2009) "Passions in practice", Sunday Magazine, p. 28
  3. Rand, Hannah (3 May 2009) "Passions in practice", Sunday Magazine, p. 27
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  5. Moloney, Phoebe (11 February 2017). "Matt Day's dark comedy wins at 2017 Tropfest short film festival". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  6. "Matt Day's topical comedy on euthanasia wins Tropfest". ABC News. 12 February 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  7. Rugendyke, Garry Maddox, George Palathingal, Linda Morris, Elissa Blake, Louise (22 November 2017). "Here comes the fun: What you need to see, hear, do and read in Sydney this summer". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  8. Ross, Annabel (4 June 2015). "North by Northwest: Matt Day channels Mad Men in MTC's world-first stage adaptation of Hitchcock film". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2018.