Matt Crawford

A slippery customer both in business and his private life, Matt isn't overly blessed with friends.

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Played by:
Kim Durham
Born:
7 August 1947
Status:
Divorced
Occupation:
Consultant

Not that he's bothered. Mr Sincerity is at his happiest sealing money-making business deals, whether legitimate or ever-so-slightly crooked.

"A balding, middle-aged man who over-estimates his attractiveness to younger women" was how former partner Lilian described him. But she did love him really, once upon a time. He was her Tiger and she was his Pusscat.

The collapse of a dodgy mortgage company co-run with one time poker pal Stephen Chalkman left Matt serving a prison sentence for fraud. On his release, Lilian fronted Amside Property Developments so Matt could get back in the game.

Matt's tempestuous relationship with Lilian took a nosedive when she had an affair with his estranged half-brother, Paul. Matt warned Paul off but then had to deal with the guilt when Paul died of a heart attack. In January 2015, Matt did a runner leaving Lilian high and dry and heartbroken.

Out of the blue he returned to Ambridge but who knows how long for...

In the end, you're on your own.
Matt Crawford
  • Likes - Winning at cards, shooting, playing the country squire
  • Dislikes - Fair play
  • Highs - Good time with his Pusscat (Lilian)
  • Lows - Imprisonment for fraud, Lilian's affair

Key relationships

  • Lilian Bellamy (Ex-partner)
  • Brian Aldridge (Former Borchester Land colleague)
  • Stephen Chalkman (Former partner in, er well it turned out to be crime)

Actor Kim on his character Matt

I love the fact that Matt has evolved from a simple doer of dastardly deeds to a more rounded and complex character.

Kim Durham

Kim Durham has been an actor for over thirty years, his first professional performance being in a dope club in Amsterdam.

Since then he’s played in loads of theatres with only licensed bars attached, popped up in the odd TV show and recorded more radio plays than he can remember.

He has two daughters and lives in Bristol where he teaches part-time at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Archers highlights

Frolicking with Lilian in the Dower House master bedroom when the place was still owned by Caroline Bone. Frolicking with Lilian in the hot-tub. You can see there’s a theme here...

Other career highlights

I loved playing Scrooge in Christmas Carol, particularly in the later scene after he’s been reformed.

I got to kick a ball in an England shirt on the Wembley turf
Kim Durham

Working with Brian Friel on Faith Healer for The Gate Theatre, Dublin.

In Mike Bassett: England Manager I got to kick a ball in an England shirt on the Wembley turf. I was playing the oldest player in the English League!

Favourite

  • Actor - Charlie Chaplin
  • Book - Ulysses

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