Matthew originally trained as an actor and worked professionally for over a decade before becoming a full time director of film and theatre. He created Fizz and Ginger Films, with Tori Hart, in 2009 and has since written and directed various award winning short films, a TV movie, Miss In Her Teens and two features with the company, Two Down, and now The Isle.
Acting has always been in the family with his Irish great Aunt, Molly Quinn, training at RADA before becoming a poet. Matthew has two younger brothers, Graham Butler, also an actor, and Dominic Butler, a writer. Their father, Patrick Butler, was a keen amateur actor before dying at the age of 43.
With a mixed heritage of English, Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian and European, he was born in Shropshire but it wasn't until he was in the rainy hills of Yorkshire and Lancashire that he began performing and writing plays for his high school. It was at this time that he discovered the joys of creating films and this grew into his biggest passion.