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TIFF Portrait Session “Pride and Prejudice”
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Matthew MacFadyen poses for a portrait while promoting his film "Pride and Prejudice" at the Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew MacFadyen

Snapshot: Matthew Macfadyen Turns 40

TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Matthew MacFadyen poses for a portrait while promoting his film "Pride and Prejudice" at the Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew MacFadyen

Ripper Street‘s Matthew Macfadyen is entering a new phase in his life … he’s turning 40 today (October 17). We’re looking forward to what this next decade brings, but his 30s weren’t anything to sneeze at with the British actor making his mark on TV and film, starring in MI-5 as Tom Quinn (where he met his wife Keeley Hawes), Pride and Prejudice as Mr. Darcy opposite Keira Knightley, and is currently filming The Enfield Haunting miniseries (squeezing one more role into his third decade on this planet).

Let’s take a peek at some of the moments leading up to this milestone birthday:

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18:  Keeley Hawes and Matthew Macfadyen attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal on May 18, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Matthew Macfadyen and wife Keeley Hawes attend the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in London, England. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan attend a photocall as Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' at the Duke Of York's Theatre on November 05, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan star as Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense at the Duke of York’s Theatre. (Stuart Wilson/Getty)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 27:  Actor Matthew Macfadyen poses on set during the filming of movie 'Epic' on February 27, 2013 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  (Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
Macfadyen has a relaxing moment on set during the filming of Epic. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05: (L-R) Senior Vice President, Programming BBC America, Richard De Croce, creator Richard Warlow, actors Adam Rothenberg, Jerome Flynn, Matthew Macfadyen, and Executive producer Will Gould speak onstage at the "Ripper Street" panel discussion during the BBC America portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Macfadyen and Ripper Street co-stars Adam Rothenberg and Jerome Flynn are in the house. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05:  Actor Matthew Macfadyen speak onstage at the "Ripper Street" panel discussion during the BBC America portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Is this Macfadyen’s thinking face? (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 05:  Actor Matthew Macfadyen speak onstage at the "Ripper Street" panel discussion during the BBC America portion of the 2013 Winter TCA Tour- Day 2 at Langham Hotel on January 5, 2013 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Well, then this must be his listening face. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Keeley Hawes Matthew Macfayden attend The English National Ballet's Christmas Party at the St Martins Lane Hotel on December 14, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Hawes, Macfadyen, and his moustache, attend The English National Ballet’s Christmas Party. (Ian Gavan/Getty)
LONDON - OCTOBER 18:  Actor Matthew Macfadyen  signs autographs at the BFI 52'nd London Film Festival European premier of Incendiary in Leicester Square on October 18, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Oh, there’s his face. Macfadyen signs autographs at the BFI 52’nd London Film Festival. (Dan Kitwood/Getty)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10:   Focus Features Co-President James Schamus, actress Keira Knightley, director Joe Wright and actor Matthew Macfadyen attend the premiere of "Pride & Prejudice" at Loews Lincoln Square November 10, 2005 in New York City.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Focus Features Co-President James Schamus, Keira Knightley, director Joe Wright and Macfadyen attend the NYC premiere of Pride & Prejudice. The guys look a little caught of guard in this snap. (Evan Agostini/Getty)
TORONTO - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actor Matthew MacFadyen poses for a portrait while promoting his film "Pride and Prejudice" at the Toronto International Film Festival September 10, 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Matthew MacFadyen
It’s as if Macfadyen is looking to the future in this snap from 2005: it’s here, happy 40th birthday!!! (Carlo Allegri/Getty)

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