The road to success is not easy and fast for everyone. Some people got everything on a plate, but most had to do hard work and spend a lot of time trying to become big names in their professional field. One of those who has tried his best to get to where he is today is Niall Matter. Who is Niall Matter and how did he become a fan favorite?
Niall Matter was born on October 20, 1980 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, of Russian and Irish descent. Matter spent his childhood with his brother Trevor on a dairy farm owned by their parents, but his family had also made a living rigging oil for several generations, so he was always expected to take the same path.
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Work as an Oil Rigger
When he was 13, his teacher advised him to take acting classes, and Matter eventually won the Best Actor award in 1999 in a local drama championship. But even this was not without hardships, because when he was 17 he got into trouble, after which his parents grounded him and sent him for three months to rig oil for his grandfather. Matter himself stated that this experience helped him realize important things, allowing him to focus more on his lessons, and he passed all his high school tests. Together with his brother, he continued to work on the oil rigs for another eight years, while at the same time studying acting in Vancouver, Canada, at the Vancouver Film School.
When Matter was 25, he had one accident while working – he was nearly crushed in the cab of the drilling rig which weighed over 17 tons! This accident detached his quad muscle from his thigh, at the same time nearly losing his right leg. His rehabilitation lasted more than six months, during which he received extensive physical therapy and risked having his leg amputated if he did not recover. Fortunately, he regained his ability to walk on his own and quickly returned to work, but he witnessed another accident in which his colleague lost both legs. Afraid that the same thing might eventually happen to him, he eventually quit and moved to Vancouver, to pursue acting as his full-time job.
Matter made his acting debut in 2007, when he landed the role of Josh Riley, a bait shop owner, in the TV movie “Loch Ness Terror”, also known as “Beyond Loch Ness”, alongside Don S Davis and Brian Krause . During filming, he sent a tape of his audition to producers of the teen drama “The Best Years,” which ended with cocaine addict and bartender Trent Hamilton starring. After the first season ended, Matter left to guest-star on two episodes of Syfy’s “Stargate Atlantis”, as United States Air Force pilot Lieutenant Kemp. At the same time, he auditioned for another Syfy series called “Eureka”.
Thinking he was auditioning to guest star for only one episode, he took some artistic liberties during the casting, eventually landing the recurring role of Zane Donovan, an evil but genius man who appeared from the first episode. and developed an affair with Erica Cerra’s character, Sheriff Jo Lupo. In the fourth season, the story shifted and Matter’s character became a large part of the regular cast, and he remained a star until the show ended.
During all that time, Matter also had cameo roles in such series as “Warehouse 13” alongside his “Eureka” co-star Erica Cerra, as well as in “Fear Itself”, “90210” and the long-running sitcom “Melrose Place”.
Subsequent acting endeavors
In 2009, Matter had a small role in “Watchmen”, a Zack Snyder movie, playing Byron Lewis, also known as Mothman.
He was also featured in the short film accompanying the DVD release of the movie titled “Under the Hood”.
In 2012, he landed the lead role in the science fiction sitcom “Primeval: New World” playing the role of Evan Cross, a multi-millionaire whose wife was killed by an Albertosaurus. The series was a spin-off of the popular “Primeval”, but only lasted one season due to low ratings. However, this did not stop Matter from winning a Constellation Award for Best Male Performance in the Science Fiction category and being nominated for another award in the Science Fiction category, this time for a Leo Award. He landed a role in the TNT series “Guilt by Association”, but after the pilot episode TNT decided they would not continue filming.
Matter landed cameo roles in many Canadian and American series, some of them in CTV’s “Motive”, NBC’s “Constantine” and TNT’s “Rizzoli and Isles”. He appeared at the 2014 Calgary International Film Festival in the closing film “Ally Was Screaming”. For his portrayal of the film’s character, Andrew, he was nominated for an AMPIA Rosie Award, and in November 2014, he was named one of the Rising Stars at the Whistler Film Festival, where he and his castmates performed at the screening of “Ally was screaming”.
In 2015, Matter joined the cast of “Remedy” during its second season, and the following year starred in several series, including “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”, “Stop the Wedding” and “A Snow Capped Christmas”.
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He also again attended the Calgary International Film Festival, this time as part of the cast for “Chokeslam”, a Canadian wrestling comedy that won four AMPIA Rosie Awards in 2017. In the following years, Matter made more than dozens of television series and movies, including the fourth season of “When Calls the Heart”, and cameo appearances in “iZombie”, “Supernatural”, “The Good Doctor”, “Frozen in Love”, “Love at First Dance’ and ‘Land in heart and soul’.
Marriage and children
Matter married Sara in December 2016 and tied the knot in a private ceremony in Hawaii, USA. The couple welcomed their first child that same year and their second heir was born two years later in 2018. Matter keeps the details of his love life private, so nothing is known about their life in a union or his wife’s background.
Matter is good friends with his “Eureka” castmates, Neil Grayston and Colin Ferguson, and still sees them regularly. He was in a relationship with his colleague Serinda Swan, who was famous for her performance in “Graceland”. This relationship didn’t last too long, but the two remained good friends.
He is an avid fan of the National Hockey League team the Edmonton Oilers. Matter said that one of his first jobs in Vancouver was “hanging out the side of skyscrapers, changing windows and mending the weatherstripping.”
He is not active on Instagram or Facebook, but posts regularly on Twitter where he has over 24,000 followers.
Niall has appeared in over 50 TV series and movies and has made a small fortune. His ability is estimated at about $4 million as of early 2020. As an example of income, while he was filming Eureka, his salary was $60,000 per episode.
Niall Matter is 1.83 meters tall, but his other body measurements are not disclosed. He is considered a handsome man, with pale skin, dark hair and striking blue eyes. He is often seen sporting a week old beard, but is apparently still loved by ladies all over the world.