Matthew Forbes is a professional actor, performer, and voice over artist.

He has worked internationally on a variety of different projects across film, TV, radio, animation and theatre. Notable credits include puppeteering Joey in War Horse (National Theatre), Robin Hood (BBC), and voicing one of the lead characters, Shelby, in Boyster (Disney). 

Matthew trained at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, on the BA (Hons) Acting course, specialising in Collaborative and Devised Theatre. Prior to his time at Central, Matthew undertook training intensives at Shakespeare's Globe and the RSC.

Alongside his performance career, Matthew is an experienced Director and Teacher. He is the Puppetry Director for Holes (Nottingham Playhouse), Babe The Sheep-Pig (Polka Theatre & UK Tour) and Associate Puppetry Director for the current UK tour of War Horse (National Theatre).


Matthew is currently starring in The Little Gardener, which is touring the UK this summer.


“Yet the real star is Jiji the talking cat. Deftly handled by the War Horse alumnus Matthew Forbes, this is a slick, snide puppet with a sense of his own worth.”

The Times


"The show is stolen by a wonderfully conceived and executed piece of puppetry, something I've seen less and less of in theatres over the last couple of years. Matthew Forbes manipulates what is little more than a head on a stick to vest Kiki's cat, Jiji, with a wide range of emotions.”

Broadway World


"But let’s be honest here, the star of the show is Jiji, the talking cat. He is played by actor and puppeteer Matthew Forbes, who brings Jiji’s personality to life both in puppet and in his own body.”

London Theatre


"Matthew Forbes' hilariously disdainful Jiji, who comes pretty close to stealing the show”

What's On Stage


Role Production Company Director

The Little Gardener

The Little GardeneR (UK TOUR) How it Ended

Eva Sampson


Kiki's Delivery Service Southwark Playhouse

Kate Hewitt

Scarecrow The Wizard of Oz (UK Tour) Immersion Theatre James Tobias
The Boy (Luke) The Witches Dundee Rep Jemima Levick
Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar Alice's Adventures Underground Les Enfants Terribles Oli Lansley & James Seager
Shelby (Voice Over) Boyster Disney Dave Peacock
Joey (Head) BBC Proms - War Horse BBC and National Theatre Melly Still
Joey (Head) War Horse National Theatre Marianne Elliott & Tom Morris
Emille Beauty and The BeAst Dundee Rep Jemima Levick
Matthew Robin Hood (Series III) BBC / Tiger Aspect Douglas MacKinnon
Tom Hot Fuzz Universal / Working Title Edgar Wright

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