Matthew grew up with a huge interest in film making and acting. He joined Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Visual and Performing Arts with a major in acting and he also earned his high school graduation from there. Later on he joined New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in film directing and he finally graduated from there in 2002. While he was there, he was spotted by model scout and was offered a contract to model for DNA Model Management. He has also been pursuing his acting career since 2004.
He made his acting debut that year by starring the role of an intern in an American comedy drama movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Next year he won the role of Dr. Spencer Reid in an American police procedural crime drama television series Criminal Minds. He has been playing this lead role till date and he is critically acclaimed for this role all over the world. He made his directorial debut in 2005 by directing the movie Claude: A Symphony of Horror. He has worked on several movies and TV series. He is aged 36 years old and his height is six feet and one inch. His nationality is American and he is of mixed ethnicity. His net worth is $1.5 million.