Cinema: Head to Head; Welshman Matthew Rhys Grappled with Kathleen Turner Onstage and, in His New Film, the Abduction Club, He Gets to Wrestle with Alice Evans. Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke Manhandles His Missus, Uma Thurman, in the Drama Tape. So Who of the Two Is the Real Hands-On Hollywood Hotshot?

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Cinema: Head to Head; Welshman Matthew Rhys Grappled with Kathleen Turner Onstage and, in His New Film, the Abduction Club, He Gets to Wrestle with Alice Evans. Meanwhile, Ethan Hawke Manhandles His Missus, Uma Thurman, in the Drama Tape. So Who of the Two Is the Real Hands-On Hollywood Hotshot?


MATTHEW RHYS

AGE: 27.

BACKGROUND: Born into middle-class respectability in Cardiff - his parents were teachers - Matthew was a bright child. He went on to attend RADA where he won the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship for Best Drama Student. 8/10

MATINEE IDOL? He won Best Actor at the Welsh Baftas for his role in Bydd yn Wrol (Be Brave). That provided the springboard for his move into more mainstream films. His rise has been swift, appearing alongside Anthony Hopkins in Titus (1997) and in the West End play The Graduate, two years ago. 7/10

BEEFCAKE STATUS: In his new film, The Abduction Club, his love interest is Alice Evans - the girlfriend of his best mate, Hornblower star Ioan Gruffudd. Matthew has also been on intimate terms on stage with Kathleen Turner in The Graduate, for which she stripped naked in front of him every night. But all the action seems to be onscreen. There is no steady girl in his life and mystery surrounds his current date. 5/10

VERDICT: Despite starring alongside many hot Hollywood babes, he hasn't got a lady to call his own. …

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