Greg Wise

Greg Wise

Wise at the London Film Festival premiere of Saving Mr. Banks, October 2013
Born Matthew Gregory Wise
(1966-05-15) 15 May 1966
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Emma Thompson (m. 2003)
Children 2

Matthew Gregory "Greg" Wise (born 15 May 1966) is an English actor and producer. He has appeared in many British television works, as well as several feature films (notably the role of John Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility).

Early life

He was born to architect parents in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, and was educated at the independent St Peter's School, York. He went to Heriot-Watt University to study architecture and performed with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.[1] Wise then moved to Glasgow where he studied drama at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He then travelled in the Far East.


His television work includes four BBC period dramas: The Moonstone with Keeley Hawes, the Buccaneers alongside Carla Gugino, Madame Bovary with Frances O'Connor, The Riff Raff Element in 1992 and 1993, and as Sir Charles Maulver in the 2007 five-part series Cranford. In 1999 he starred as Marshall in ITV's seven-part drama Wonderful You alongside his future mother-in-law Phyllida Law and future brother-in-law Richard Lumsden. Recently he filmed a number of readings of love scenes from a selection of classic and modern love scenes, from Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles to Kiran Desai's The Inheritance of Loss for The Carte Noire Readers.[2][3] In 2011, he appeared in Hallmark Channel's Honeymoon for One, starring Nicollette Sheridan.[4]

He is also the producer of the 2010 BBC/Masterpiece production The Song of Lunch starring his wife, actress Emma Thompson, and Alan Rickman.[5] Greg Wise made his theatrical return starring in Brad Fraser's Kill Me Now at Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, London from Thursday 19 February – Sunday 29 March 2015. In July 2015, Wise played the role of emotionally distanced father Gilbert Aldridge in the BBC's two-part television adaptation of Sadie Jones’ debut novel The Outcast.[6]

Personal life

He has been married to Emma Thompson, who played Elinor in Sense and Sensibility, since 2003. They have a daughter (born 1999) and a Rwandan son (informally added to the family in 2003 at the age of 16).[7]



Title Year Role Notes
Walking On Sunshine2014Doug
Three Days in Havana2013Harry Smith
Effie Gray2013John Ruskin
Morris: A Life with Bells On2009Miloslav Villandry
The Disappeared2008Jake Ryan
A Cock and Bull Story2005Greg
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby2005Minister Lee
Every Seven Years2004Boyfriendshort
Five Moons Plaza2003Francesco Doni
Johnny English2003Agent One
Hills Like White Elephants2002The Americanshort
The Discovery of Heaven2001Max Delius
Mad Cows1999Alex
Africa1999Josh Sinclair
Judas Kiss1998Ben Dyson
The Moonstone, a BBC TV film1997Franklin Blake
Sense and Sensibility1995John Willoughby
Feast of July1995Arch Wilson



  2. The Carte Noire Readers
  3. Press Association
  4. "Honeymoon for One". Hallmark Channel. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  5. "BBC Two - The Song of Lunch". 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  6. 1 2 "BBC One: The Outcast: Episode 1 credits". Retrieved 20 July 2015. External link in |website= (help)
  7. Alison Boshoff (7 March 2008). "The young refugee who was brought into their family by a famous actress". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 11 July 2010.

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