Matthew Waterhouse was born the son of a company solicitor. He joined the BBC as a clerk, working in the news and information department, while also pursuing an acting career. His first TV role was as a public schoolboy in "To Serve Them All My Days" (1980). He had not even started working on that programme when he auditoned for and won the role of Adric in Doctor Who. Since his departure in the series he has worked mainly in the theatre, appearing as Puck in "A Midsummer's Night Dream", as Peter Pan in "Peter Pan", and as Edmund in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." He has also starred in a one-man show, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", adapted by him from Mark Twain's novel.
Had an eccentric would-be inventor character from "Little Britain" (2003) named after him by co-creator, David Walliams, a big fan of Doctor Who.
Has been living in the United States since 1998, currently in Connecticut. He continues to enjoy performing on stage, and collects rare books by obscure mid-century poets. He visits England often, and recently appeared at a fan convention in Springfield, Massachusetts. [November 2003]
Has contributed commentary along with "Doctor Who" co-stars Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Sarah Sutton for the DVD releases of his stories "Earthshock" and "The Visitation." [November 2003]
Has lived in Connecticut since 1997, and is still acting in theatrical productions. Still travels to England frequently. [November 2003]