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Mr Darcy branches out for arboretum
2:30pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
ONE of Britain’s leading actors is campaigning in North Yorkshire to promote the biggest private collection of trees in the country.
Matthew Rhys, has been filming across the county for his latest venture as one of English literatures most romantic leads, Mr Darcy, in the modern day sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
On the last night he staged an evening of poetry at Thorp Perrow Arboretum, near Bedale, a place he says is close to his heart.
Although Welsh, the 38-year-old is an adopted Yorkshireman and has been visiting the arboretum for years after appearing in the film Sorted with Annabel Ropner, daughter of owner Sir John.
Mr Rhys, who starred as Dylan Thomas in the film The Edge of Love with Kiera Knightley, has appeared in a string of television hits including Brothers and Sisters and the Americans.
He has just finished filming the BBC’s Death Comes to Pemberley , the sequel to Jane Austin’s classic novel and made at stately homes across North Yorkshire including Castle Howard and Newby Hall.
He said: “It has been fabulous, I wanted to have an evening at Thorp Perrow to promote the arboretum and spread the word about what a lovely place it is.
"I have been coming here for a long time and it’s always stunning whatever season you are here the changes are spectacular, it really is something to see."
During the evening he read from a range of works including Ted Hughes, Alan Bennett and Micheal Palin, going through his repertoire of accents specialising in broad Yorkshire.
He added:“I have been doing a lot of work in America over the past few years, which has been interesting, but being back in Yorkshire has been an absolute bonus. I’ve been watching quite a lot of theatre and would love to do more, I have a few on my list especially Macbeth and Henry V."
Sir John said: “Matthew is a real friend of the family, so we were thrilled when he offered to do an appearance to help promote the arboretum.”
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