Hans Matheson

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Date of Birth: 7th August, 1975
Birth Place
: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Eye Color: Blue

Height: 5'8 1/2" (1.74 m)

Family: Hans' father Ado is a musician who has released an album of original songs "Out on The islands. Hans provided back up vocals and played on the album.


Actor Bio:
Hans Matheson was born in a caravan on August 7, 1975 at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Shortly after, his family moved to Canterbury, Kent in England but Hans often spent his summer holidays on Stornoway with his grandparents, As a child, his parents Iain (Ado) and Sheena often took him and his younger brother to folk festivals and Bob Dylan concerts. His father Ado is a musician and his grandfather was a Gaelic singer and songwriter before him performing at concerts and ceilidhs throughout Scotland. His great-grandfather was crowned the Celtic Bard in recognition of his writing in the '50s.

Hans claims to have been a shy and introverted child who was not happy at school. He left school and, at the suggestion of his mother, auditioned for drama school: Avondale Hall in Clapham. At the suggestion of his teacher and mentor, he auditioned for a Jez Butterworth TV show called Christmas and this led to a role in Mojo on stage at the Royal Court Theatre and later in the film version of the same name. [source: IMDB]

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Non-acting careers: Between acting gigs, Hans busies himself with his music His music is a creative outlet for himself, family and friends.

Clash of the Titans (2010) ... Ixas
Sherlock Holmes (2009) ... Lord Coward
Bathory (2007).... Merisi da Caravaggio...
Half Light (2006).... Angus Mc Cullough...
Deathwatch(2002) ... Private Jack Hawkstone
I am Dina (2002) ... Tomas
Canone Inverso - Making Love(2000) ... Jeno Varga
Bodywork (1999) ... Virgil Guppy
Tube Tales(1999) ...TV "Steal Away" ... Michael
Still Crazy(1998) ... Luke Shand
Les Miserables(1998) ... Marius Pontmercy
Poldark(1996) ... Ben Carter

TV Shows
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)...TV miniseries...Alec D'Urberville
The Virgin Queen (2005)...TV Miniseries... Earl of Essex
Imperium - Nero(2004)...TV miniseries ... Emperor Nero
Comfortably Numb...TV Movie ... Jake
Doctor Zhivago(2002) ...TV miniseries ... Yury Zhivago
The Mists of Avalon(2001) TV mini series ... Mordred Pendragon
Family Money(1997) ...TV series ... Jake

Stage:Hans played Silver Johnny in Jez Butterworth's highly acclaimed production of "Mojo" at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1997. He later appeared as Silver Johnny in the big screen version.

Big break:his casting as Marius in Bille August's production of the Victor Hugo classic Les Miserables

Best known for:His bravery in taking on the role made famous by Omar Sharif, the starring role of Yury Zhivago in ITV's made-for-television production of "Doctor Zhivago"


Upcoming projects: filmed Guy Richie's "Sherlock Holmes" in which Hans plays Lord Coward.

Hans Matheson - The Tudors WikiTalk about...


  • "Put me in a costume and I'm your man. I must have one of those faces which seems to suit period drama more than modern films and TV programmes. But I'm not complaining, I love going back in time. I feel quite lucky because nobody knows who I am. I can walk about and have ordinary conversations with people. Can you imagine what it's like if people are always asking about your next role? That must be a nightmare. But if I get desperate I might start walking about with a wig on, or a codpiece, saying, 'Remember this?'....Playing characters who are wonderful and beautiful is hard because you don't feel like that most of the time...well, I don't.It's like this whole heart-throb nonsense. It's flattering but that's not how I feel in the morning. It's something that goes with the job." [Sunday Mail August 24, 2008]

  • I really don't think I'm the kind of actor who could cope with hordes of women throwing themselves at my feet.(Company Magazine 2000)

  • Risk is great; you’ve got to take risks or life gets too predictable.

  • I don’t think anyone should grovel - they’re lucky to have you. You’ve got to believe in yourself.

  • plays guitar, violin and harmonica and writes his own songs. He takes his guitar with him everywhere.
  • prefers to travel by train rather than by air, even if the trip takes days.


  • <a class="external" href="http://www.anarchisma.net/hmas/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Hans Matheson Appreciation Society">Hans Matheson Appreciation Society</a>


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Clash of the Titans (2010)
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Sherlock Holmes (2009)

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008)

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Played Robert Devereaux in
The Virgin Queen (2005)
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As Marius in Les Miserables (1998)
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As Nero (2004)
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Dr Zhivago (2002)
Hans Matheson in Dr Zhivago with Keira Knightly
with Keira Knightly in Dr Zhivago
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Hans Matheson in I am Dina
I am Dina (2002)

Hans Matheson in I am Dina
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