Niall Matter

Niall Matter is a Canadian-American actor known for portraying Trent Hamilton in Global’s teen drama series ‘The Best Years’, Zane Donovan in the Syfy science fiction comedy-drama series ‘Eureka,’ Evan Cross in Space’s science fiction drama series ‘Primeval: New World’, and Nick Miller in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries telefilm series.

Date of birth

Niall Matter was born on October 20, 1980, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Not much is known about his family except that he was born in a family that can trace back its ancestry to Ireland and Russia. He and his brother Trevor were raised at their parents’ dairy farms.

Early life & Education

At the age of 13, he was advised by a school teacher to join drama classes. He did so and won the Best Actor prize at a provincial drama championship in 1999. A third-generation oil rigger, he spent eight years as an oil rigger in northern Alberta, where he worked alongside his grandfather and brother. While he was working as an oil rigger, he simultaneously enrolled at Vancouver Film School to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.

When he was 25 years old, he had a serious accident in which he almost lost his right leg. After spending six months in recovery, he went back to work only to witness a man lose both his legs in another accident. He decided he had had enough and immediately quit.

He subsequently came back to Vancouver and worked as a bartender before being cast in the Syfy telefilm ‘Loch Ness Terror’ (ultimately released in 2008) as the bait shop owner Josh Riley. This was his first job as an actor.

Love life

In past, Niall Matter was in a relationship with 'Graceland' star Serinda Swan. In December 2016, he married a woman named Sara in a private ceremony held in Hawaii. Their first child was born in 2016. They welcomed their second child in 2018.

Net worth

Not yet established.


Niall Matter had his screen debut in ‘The Best Years’, portraying Trent Hamilton, the protagonist of season one (2007).

Between 2007 and 2008, he appeared in two episodes of season four of Syfy’s ‘Stargate Atlantis’ as a USAF soldier Lt. Kemp.

Matter found solid footing in the industry after portraying Zane Donovan in ‘Eureka’ for four seasons (2007-12).

He played the recurring characters Rick Paxton in The CW’s short-lived drama series ‘Melrose Place’ (2009-10) and Greg in the fourth season of another The CW series, ‘90210’.

Between 2012 and 2013, he played the main lead, millionaire inventor Evan Cross, in Space’s ‘Primeval: New World’, which was a spin-off of the ITV series ‘Primeval’.

Besides winning a Constellation Award for the role, he was also nominated for a Leo Award. However, the show garnered poor ratings throughout its original run and was cancelled after one season.

In March 2014, it was reported that he had joined the cast of the TNT-commissioned pilot of Marcia Clark’s ‘Guilt by Association’, which TNT ultimately passed up. That year, he portrayed the recurring character Tag Cummins in the third season of CBC Television’s drama series ‘Arctic Air’.

In season two (2015) of Global’s medical drama series ‘Remedy’, he was cast as the ER-resident Dr. Peter Cutler.

Matter starred opposite Rachael Leigh Cook in the 2018 Hallmark Channel telefilm ‘Frozen in Love’, a project that bagged him the 2019 Leo Award for Best Lead Performance Male Television Movie.

Since 2018, he has been portraying psychology professor Nick Miller in the telefilm series ‘Aurora Teagarden Mysteries.’

He has appeared in four telefilms in the series to date: ‘The Disappearing Game’, ‘A Game of Cat and Mouse’, ‘An Inheritance to Die For’, and ‘A Very Foul Play’.

Matter had his cinematic debut in Zack Snyder’s 2009 film ‘Watchmen’. His character, Byron Lewis/Mothman, one of the members of the Minute Men, also appeared in the faux documentary, ‘Under the Hood’.

He received critical acclaim for portraying an abusive and estranged husband in the 2014 thriller ‘Ally Was Screaming’.

He appeared on the 2020 film, Country At Heart.

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Niall Matter
First Name Niall
Surname Matter
Born 20th October, 1980
Home City Edmonton, Canada
Current City