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Horsley & Proud: actor and film director Matthew Connors – Jones


Matthew Connors -Jones is an actor, writer, and burgeoning film and TV director and creator of some well-known TV adverts.

Matthew also helps run a men’s Talk Club every Tuesday Evening at The Hog of Horsley from 8pm. For more information click here:

When are you at your happiest?

Learning guitar, noodling along to Oasis, Bob Dylan or Foo Fighters, and then embarrassing my 3 kids with my terrible guitar playing and singing.

What has been the scariest moment in your life?

Almost losing my left leg due to a rugby injury and the poor mental health that has followed it.

What has been your biggest disappointment? 

Not studying acting in university the first time around. 

MattCJ3 1 | Horsley & Proud: actor and film director Matthew Connors - Jones
Matthew Connors-Jones

What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

Switching my phone off, going off-grid, so nobody knows where I am, and sitting alone quietly and breathing deeply or having a nap (usually having a nap).

Who is the most famous person on your phone? 

Susan Lynch (a great actor and my inspiration) or Dean Lennox-Kelly (because I know how much he’d love me saying this).

What is your favourite smell? 

Pickled Onion Monster Munch – Put nose into empty packet, deep breath in…aaah

Who would play you in a film about your life? 

Beaker from the muppets (More than one person has said I look like him/her). It’s the long nose and eyes that look like they’ve been partying for 4 days solid.

What do you like most about living in the Nailsworth area? 

Quiet calmness at dusk. Life really stops, and for someone with ADHD like me that’s a blessing. 

What would you improve about Nailsworth?

More wonderful people. More art. More sports facilities. Less overpriced places to eat and bakeries selling £10 loaves of bread and overpriced coffee.

What is your ideal weekend?

Camping by the sea or wife and me, arm-in-arm exploring.

What is on your bucket list? 

Bucket lists are for box tickers. I just want to learn to be present more. Enjoy the ‘right now’ rather than look towards tomorrow. I think life’s beautiful, but I don’t always notice it.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

I wasn’t enjoying my working life, the corporate world was chewing me up, using me for its own profit. So I changed it, it took a big bold decision to walk away but it was the best thing I ever did. I followed my dreams and have never looked back. Thanks for that advice dad.

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