The Lisburn-born actor (39) lives in Bangor and is starring in the 25th anniversary production of the Marie Jones play A Night in November, which is running at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast until June 22. He is married to Michelle who is the director of marketing and communications for the Ulster Orchestra and they have a three-year-old daughter Isla. Matthew and Michelle also sing together in their 1950s rock 'n' roll band The Soda Popz.
With most actors, you hear about their zeal for performing from an early age - the school plays, the impromptu skits in the garden and the performances in front of the bedroom mirror with the hairbrush as a prop.
Matt Toman, founder of award-winning media company Bankhouse Productions, says of his youth in Co Armagh: "I made it all the way through school without being diagnosed as dyslexic, even though I always struggled with English, and reading out loud was embarrassing - I sounded like someone who had had a stroke."
She's the woman who unleashed the brash and crass, but nevertheless magnificent, Maggie Muff on to the world and now Belfast author and playwright Leesa Harker is ready to bring four more unique and hilarious Northern Irish characters into our lives.
The Welsh writer Rachel Trezise is fretting about her latest play, Cotton Fingers, arriving in Northern Ireland. "It feels like I've dipped my pen in someone else's blood," she admits, when we meet in a rehearsal room in the National Theatre of Wales. "It feels like it should be an Irish writer tackling this subject, but it was sort of an accident."
Back in the 1990s, Samantha Womack was an original of the ladette species. Under her maiden name of Samantha Janus, she posed for Loaded and FHM, guested on Chris Evans's stag-weekend-as-TV-show, TFI Friday, and became a household name starring in two blokes-and-a-babe sitcom Game On.
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