Matthew met wife Keeley Hawes on the set of MI5 spy drama Spooks in 2002, before marrying in 2004 but the Succession actor recently admitted it hasn’t always been smooth sailing for the pair.
In an interview with The Times, Matthew described it as “weird” seeing his wife act in passionate sex scenes while filming the BBC show Bodyguard with Richard Madden.
The Times asked the 47-year-old actor if he ever found it “uncomfortable to see his wife in other men’s arms”.
In response to the question, he shrugged and said it was “just weird”.
However, when asked if it ever “touched a nerve” he conceded that it did.
“It does [touch a nerve] a little bit,” he responded.
The actor went on to express his knowledge of how sex scenes work helped to ease his discomfort.
“It’s the least sexy thing you can possibly imagine,” he explained.
He also applauded more productions making use of intimacy coordinators, adding he had “heard stories” of other actors feeling pressured to do thing they were uncomfortable with in those situations.
He said: “I wish we’d had them. Because then you’re not afraid to go, ‘I don’t want to do that.’
“It sounds OTT, but it’s a healthy overcorrection, because it takes away the pressure to take off all your clothes, or do stuff you didn’t want to do?”
When quizzed about his own relationship, Matthew admitted it was “not easy” to maintain a marriage in an industry that often requires so much intimacy with other people.
“You can get quite close to the actors you’re working with and all that stuff. It’s odd,” he acknowledged.
When Matthew and Keeley met, the latter had just got married to Spencer McCallum, with whom she shared her eldest child Myles, 21.
The pair divorced in 2004 after just two years of marriage, though it has been reported Keeley left Spencer just eight weeks after the wedding.
At the time, Matthew and Keeley received a lot of media attention for forming a relationship so soon after her marriage broke down and Matthew has credited their resilience as a couple for being able to withstand such scrutiny.
Matthew and Keeley share two children together, Maggie, 16, and 15-year-old Ralph.
Aside from working on Spooks, the TV show which brought them together, the pair have since worked together on Life On Mars sequel show Ashes to Ashes, which featured the actress in a leading role.
The pair have also worked together on the 2007 film Death At A Funeral.
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