Matt Frewer

Matthew George Frewer (born January 4, 1958) is a Canadian-American actor, singer and comedian.[1] He portrayed the 1980s icon Max Headroom[2] and Doctor Leekie in the Canadian science fiction drama Orphan Black (2013–2017).

Matt Frewer
Frewer at FedCon 22 on May 11, 2013
Matthew George Frewer

(1958-01-04) January 4, 1958
ResidenceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Other namesMatthew Frewer
Matthew George Frewer
Matt George Frewer
Alma materBristol Old Vic Theatre School 1980
OccupationStand-up comedian, actor, singer, voice artist, comedian
Years active1983–present
Amanda Hillwood (m. 1984)

Frewer's more recent performances include a portrayal of "General #2" in the Steven Spielberg picture The BFG (2016) and the character Carnage in the Netflix series Altered Carbon in 2018 and Logan in Fear the Walking Dead (2019).

Early life

Frewer was born in Washington, D.C., the son of Gillian Anne (née German) and Captain (Ret'd) Frederick Charlesley Frewer, a Royal Canadian Navy officer.[3] He was raised in Peterborough, Ontario, where he graduated from Lakefield College School.[4] He went on to train at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School,[5] graduating from its three-year acting course in 1980. His brother Frederick Barry Frewer also served in the Canadian Navy.


Frewer portrayed the artificial intelligence character Max Headroom in the 1980s, starring in the 1985 eponymous science fiction television movie; Frewer also played award-winning Network 23 journalist Edison Carter in the film. This led to a series on the UK Channel 4 network with the Max Headroom character as a video jockey and interviewer. This ran for two series, the second which featured a studio audience which Max interacted with. In 1987, an American series based upon the 1985 movie aired, titled Max Headroom (1987–1988).[5] He also portrayed the character in other media, including a series of television commercials for "New Coke", as well as the single and music video for "Paranoimia" by Art of Noise. He reprised this role in the science fiction comedy film Pixels (2015).[6]

Frewer starred as Mike Stratford in Doctor Doctor (1989–1991).[6] He also appeared as Trashcan Man in the television miniseries The Stand.[6] Frewer has also appeared in such films as The Fourth Protocol (1987), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989),[6][5] National Lampoon's Senior Trip (1995), and the 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead.[6]

Frewer was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2000, one for a guest appearance on Da Vinci's Inquest[7] and another for his work on the series Mentors. He was a regular on Eureka during the series' first two seasons, playing Jim Taggart.[6][8] He has done voice-over work on several animated projects, including Batman: The Animated Series (1993) and The Incredible Hulk (1996–1997). Frewer portrayed Matt Praeger in Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal from 1997–2000.[6]

In 2009, Frewer portrayed the retired villain Moloch the Mystic in Watchmen[6] and appeared as the White Knight in the December 2009 Syfy two-part miniseries Alice, based upon Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.[6][5] He starred as Pestilence in two episodes of Season 5 of Supernatural.[9] He has appeared in several adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as The Stand,[6] Quicksilver Highway, Riding the Bullet, Desperation and Bag of Bones.[10]

He played Dr. Aldous Leekie on the first two seasons of Orphan Black.[6][5]

In 2018, Frewer portrayed Carnage in the Netflix series Altered Carbon.[11] In the same year, Frewer was cast in the Netflix horror-drama series, The Order.[12]

Personal life

Frewer has been married to Amanda Hillwood since 1984. In 1989, they bought a house in Marina del Rey, California.[13]





  • Tales from the Mausoleum Club: Episode 2, "Heart of Skegness"

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryFilm/TV ShowResult
1987CableACE AwardBest Music HostThe Max Headroom ShowWon
2000Gemini AwardBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesMentorsWon
2000Gemini AwardBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesDa Vinci's InquestNominated
2010Leo AwardBest Lead Performance by a Male in a Feature Length DramaAliceNominated
2011Leo AwardBest Guest Performance by a Male in a Dramatic SeriesSupernaturalNominated


  1. Nemecek, Larry (2003). The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion: Revised Edition. Simon and Schuster. pp. 186–. ISBN 978-0-7434-5798-9.
  2. Lanigan, Richard L. (April 1992). The human science of communicology: a phenomenology of discourse in Foucault and Merleau-Ponty. Duquesne University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-8207-0242-1. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  3. "Matt Frewer Biography (1958–)".
  4. "Well Known Figures Who Are Boarding School Alumni of Lakefield College School | LCS Blog". 21 July 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  5. "Matt Frewer on Olympus, Max Headroom, Orphan Black, and working with giant ants". SyfyWire. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  6. "Matt Frewer on The Knick, Max Headroom, and his Australian accent on Eureka". 3 October 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  7. "DVD Review: Da Vinci's Inquest – Season Two". Blogcritics. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  8. "Matt Frewer Talks About His Return to Eureka". 11 September 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  9. "Matt Frewer Cast as Pestilence on Supernatural / Season 5 Episode 15 Preview". Dread Central.
  10. Stuever, Hank; Stuever, Hank (2 December 2011). "'Bag of Bones': Must be recycling day". The Washington Post. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
  11. "'Altered Carbon': 15 Shocking Moments From Netflix's Violent Sci-Fi Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  12. Nellie Andreeva (April 16, 2018). "Netflix Picks Up 'The Order' Horror Drama Series Starring Jake Manley & Sarah Grey". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  13. "With Max Headroom Behind Him, Matt Frewer Mad-Libs Through Doctor, Doctor and a Smash Film – Vol. 32 No. 3". 17 July 1989. Retrieved 26 March 2017.
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