In 2007, he returned to the stage, portraying an American, Clay, a stay at home father with a liberal attitude in the play The Pain and the Itch.A TV breakthrough came when he appeared as Hareton Earnshaw in an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, screened on the ITV network in 1998.Thanks to director Joe Wright, who loves working with the same actors and crew members he previously worked with since his first feature film debut, Pride & Prejudice, he seemed to have always featured at least one or two P&P actors and pretty much the same crew in all 5 of his feature films.According to Matthew, in one of his recent interviews, it was Joe who called him to play Oblonsky.
The petition, addressed to director Joe Wright and production company Working Title, gripes: "What did us poor Austen aficionados (in the country of her birth no less) do to deserve such injustice?
David Matthew Macfadyen (born 17 October 1974) is a BAFTA award-winning English actor, known for his roles as MI5 Intelligence Officer Tom Quinn in the BBC television drama series Spooks, Mr.
Darcy in the 2005 film of Pride & Prejudice and Daniel in the Frank Oz comedy Death at a Funeral.
He attended schools in England (including in Louth, Lincolnshire), Scotland and Indonesia, and went to Oakham School in Rutland, before being accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art at 17.
After having studied at the RADA from 1992 to 1995, Macfadyen became known in British theatre primarily for his work with the stage company Cheek by Jowl, for whom he played Antonio in The Duchess of Malfi, Charles Surface in The School for Scandal, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.