Matthew Rhys: How Much Is ‘The Americans’ and ‘Perry Mason’ Star Worth?

At the start of 2013, Matthew Rhys was relatively unknown as far as U.S. audiences were concerned. Even though he’d been in Brothers and Sisters and logged over 25 credits in films and TV series, the Welsh actor hadn’t yet had that breakthrough role. All that changed when Rhys landed the part of Philip Jennings on FX’s The Americans.

Playing alongside Keri Russell, whom he began dating soon after, Rhys became one of the driving forces behind the critically acclaimed spy drama. Not surprisingly, his fortunes took a turn for the better shortly thereafter. A part in Burnt with Bradley Cooper came in 2015; another in The Post with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks followed in 2015.

Matthew Rhys wearing a black tuxedo, holding an Emmy award, and speaking into a microphone.
Matthew Rhys | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

By 2018, after three consecutive Emmy nominations for The Americans, Rhys landed his first major acting award. Here’s a look at Rhys’s top paydays and his estimated net worth.

Over $5 million in earnings for ‘The Americans’

When noting the difference between TV and film work, Patricia Arquette once said film work was a chance to do what you love, while recurring television jobs were the way to build wealth. Rhys likely knows what she meant by that. After locking down his role on The Americans, Rhys could count on a reported $75,000 per episode salary for the better part of six years.

All told, his total take for the series (75 episodes) likely exceeded $5 million. Meanwhile, his roles in feature films have gotten bigger. In fact, his part in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood alongside Hanks may be his biggest to date. (He plays a journalist assigned to write a story on Mr. Rogers. After going in cynical, Rogers wins him over.)

Rhys also landed the lead in the Robert Downey Jr.-produced Perry Mason for HBO. It doesn’t take an accountant to figure Rhys’s bank accounts will swell in the coming years. He’s already off to a great start.

Rhys’s net worth estimated $10 million

Keri Russel wearing a polka dot dresses stands next to Matthew Rhys, wearing a red jacket and black shirt.
Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Several years ago, Celebrity Net Worth pegged Rhys’s fortune at $2 million. At the time, he’d only been working on The Americans for a short time. With all those earnings and the film roles he’s landed in the past five years, it’s safe to say the number has grown. The site now estimates Rhys’s net worth to be $10 million.

In 2019, he starred alongside Adam Driver and Jon Hamm in The Report. The actor also lends his voice to the Disney animated series The Owl House as Emperor Belos.

Of course, you’ll always be able to find him on The Americans, which looks poised to take its place among the best series of the decade. With that show on his record and several major projects coming out soon, we doubt Matthew Rhys will be an unknown actor ever again.

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