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Arthur Mathews (born c.1959 in County Meath) is an Irish comedy writer and actor who, often with writing partner Graham Linehan, has either written or contributed to a number of popular television comedies, most notably Father Ted. He is a graduate of the Dublin Institute of Technology. Previously, he attended Castleknock College, a private school run by Vincentian priests.


Writing career



Mathews has contributed to many sketch shows, including Harry Enfield and Chums, The All New Alexei Sayle Show and, notably, the Ted & Ralph segments of The Fast Show.

However, it was with Father Ted (3 series, 1995-1998) that Linehan and Mathews made their biggest impression which debuted on Channel 4.[1][2][3]

Both Linehan and Mathews worked on the first series of sketch show Big Train, but Linehan dropped out for the second series. Mathews has also had a hand in other respected British comedies such as Brass Eye, Jam and Black Books.

In 1999 Linehan and Mathews created the sixties-set sitcom Hippies, but the six-part series (which starred Simon Pegg and Sally Phillips) was written by Mathews alone.[4]

In late 2003, the writing duo were named one of the 50 funniest acts to work in television by The Observer.[5]


In 2005, Mathews, with Michael Nugent, Paul Woodfull and Conor Phillips, co-wrote I, Keano, a comedy musical play about footballer Roy Keane leaving the Republic of Ireland national football team before the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

It is presented as a mock-epic melodrama about an ancient Roman legion preparing for war. In its first two years, over half a million people watched it, generating €10m ($13m) in ticket sales.[6][7] In January 2008, it began its fourth year of performances.


Mathews has written two books:

  • Well Remembered Days: Eoin O'Ceallaigh's Memoirs of a Twentieth-century Irish Catholic—Arthur Mathews (Paperback - Macmillan - March 9, 2001) ISBN 0-333-90163-0. This book received many positive reviews.[8][9][10][11][12]
  • "Father Ted": The Complete Scripts—Graham Linehan, Arthur Mathews. (Paperback - Boxtree - October 20, 2000) ISBN 0-7522-7235-7


Mathews has had two cartoon series published:

  • karl aisbitt,s World of Pop, in NME, from 1992-1993
  • The Chairman, in the Observer Sports Monthly, from 2003-2004

Television appearances

Mathews has made cameo appearances in programmes he has written.

Linehan and Mathews also made a rare appearance in the sitcom I'm Alan Partridge as two Irish men considering Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan) for a contract. In the absence of a picture, Mathews is the fairer haired of the two in the scene mentioned (though according to the episode's commentary, this is a wig).

Mathews also starred in I Am Not An Animal, an animated comedy series about talking animals written by Peter Baynham. He voiced a rabbit called Niall who had had his brain replaced with that of a call centre worker.


  1. ^ Review of Father Ted Mary Cummins, Irish Times, 25 April 1996
  2. ^ Life After Ted Deirdre Falvey, Irish Times, 2 May 1998
  3. ^ Aran Islands in Father Ted Row RTE News, 21 January 2007
  4. ^ Peace and Love, Man Review of Hippies, Irish Times, 6 November 1999
  5. ^ The A-Z of laughter The Observer, 7 December 2003
  6. ^ I, Keano Still Has Fans in Raptures Irish Examiner, 31 January 2007
  7. ^ I, Keano - The Never Ending Story Edel Coffey, Sunday Tribune Review, 4 February 2007
  8. ^ A Side-Splitting Spoof Review of Well-Remembered Days, Terry Eagleton, Irish Times, 3 March 2001
  9. ^ It’s Not a Satire, It’s Surreal Review of Well-Remembered Days, Brian Boyd, Irish Times, 10 March 2001
  10. ^ Divine Comedy Review of Well-Remembered Days, Harry McGee, Sunday Tribune, 11 March 2001
  11. ^ Those Were The Days Review of Well-Remembered Days, Michael Clifford, Sunday Tribune, 18 March 2001
  12. ^ Thank You For The Days Review of Well-Remembered Days, Harry Guerin, RTE, 19 April 2001

External links

Father Ted


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