Matthias Schoenaerts: Everything You Need To Know About Far From The Madding Crowd’s Lead Actor

Belgium-born Matthias Schoenaerts is a total distraction. There we were trying to concentrate on Far From The Madding Crowd’s headstrong Bathsheba (played by the stunning Carey Mulligan) when Matthias appeared as Gabriel Oak, and it suddenly became very hard to concentrate. 

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Matthias has actually been on the acting circuit for several years, even winning the prestigious French César award for Most Promising Actor in 2011, but he’s only come to our attention now. So who is this charming gent and where did he come from? Well, let us introduce you to the man who just might cure your Poldark blues…

He’s A Bit Of A Rebel

> Alongside Zoe Saldana in Blood Ties


Matthias was kicked out of drama school for being lazy at 19-years-old. But he started again when he moved to Antwerp and everything worked out well.

He’s A Top Model

> In the Louis Vuitton campaign



The FFTM actor is 6 ft 1” tall which has made him a sought after fashion model. Louis Vuitton clearly approved of Matthias’ rugged good looks as was asked to front their Spring/Summer ’14 Men’s campaign. Doesn’t he just smoulder in the photos? 

He’s A Taken Man. Sob.

> Matthias with his girlfriend, Alexandra Schouteden


Matthias has been with his law student girlfriend, Alexandra Schouteden, for the past five years. Sorry ladies.

He’s A Method Actor

> In Rust & Bone with Marion Cotillard



When he got the part of a steroid-addicted cattle farmer in the Oscar-nominated Bullhead (2011) he worked out every day for a year, eating over 3,000 tins of tuna in the process. Now, that’s dedication. And he was also happy to get his kit off in Rust & Bone with Marion Cotillard.

He’s The Next Big Thing in 2015

> With Carey Muiligan in Far From The Madding Crowd



Aside from Far From The Madding Crowd, Matthias  will also appear in Maryland with Diane Kruger and A Bigger Splash alongside Fifty Shades’ Dakota Johnson. Hurrah! We can’t wait for more Matthias!


By Giselle Wainwright