Who’s Matthew Daddario from “Shadowhunters”? Wiki: Gay, Real Life, Bio

• Matthew Daddario is an actor known for portraying Alec Lightwood in Freeform’s TV series “Shadowhunters”
• He is the middle child of two lawyers, and has English, Hungarian, Czechoslovakian, Italian, and Irish ancestry
• He is currently estimated to have a net worth of $4 million
• Matthew stands at 6 feet and 3 inches tall
• He is active on various social media platforms with 3.5k followers on Facebook, 555k followers on Twitter, and 2 million followers on Instagram

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Fact His favorite TV series are Archer and Breaking Bad.

Who is actor Matthew Daddario from “Shadowhunters”?

Born Matthew Quincy Daddario on the 1st of October 1987, in New York City, USA, this Caucasian male is perhaps best known to the general public as an actor, largely due to the popularity he enjoys from portraying Alec Lightwood in Freeform’s TV series entitled “Shadowhunters”. Also, the fact that he is the brother of the famous actress Alexandra Daddario, and the grandson of the late politician Emilio Q. Daddario is likely another contribution to his public image. Thus far, he has been active in his lucrative acting career since 2012.

Early Life and Education

Matthew is the middle child in a family headed by two lawyers, with Alexandra Daddario being his elder sister, and his younger Catharine Daddario, both of whom are now actresses. It’s important to mention that Matthew bears the mixture of English, Hungarian, Czechoslovakian, Italian and Irish ancestry, which is likely a feature that helped him reach success in the acting world, as it contributes to a unique gene concoction, and thus appearance. It is unknown when Matthew started to gain an interest in the profession he has today, but looking at his older sister, one can assume that the inspiration to pursue this craft came from within the family. Regarding his education, he attended an independent school for boys – Collegiate School in Manhattan, New York City. Upon matriculation, he went on to enroll at Indiana University, Bloomington, from where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in business. Whether he had any jobs in the profession which he got the degree in is unknown.


Matthew initially had no plans on becoming an actor, but as his elder sister’s popularity grew, so did interest in the Daddario name in general. Consequently, Matthew was eventually invited to participate in the making of Tatianna Kantorowicz’ 11-minute-long film entitled “The Debut” in 2012. Even though he didn’t land one of the lead roles, starring as Peter Hamble in this coming-of-age short film was enough to earn him a place among the future stars. The next year, Daddario had more screen time in an R-rated film by Drake Doremus, entitled “Breathe In”, which is when his career started to gain the momentum it now has. Also in 2013, Matthew had one of the semi-major roles, as the athletic boyfriend Sebastian in Eddy Duran’s R-rated film entitled “36 Saints”. The last movie that he took part in from 2013 was written and directed by Ken Scott, entitled “Delivery Man”, in which Matthew had the role of Channing. After landing additional roles in films such as “Growing Up and Other Lies”, “When the Game Stands Tall” and “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List”, Daddario became well known as Alec Lightwood from “Shadowhunters”, when he was cast in the role in 2016.

Sexual Orientation

Due to the fact that the character he portrays on the show “Shadowhunters” seems to be gay, various rumors have been circulating regarding the true sexual orientation of the actor. Matthew himself has made no comment, but as of late, it doesn’t seem like he needs to, as it is public knowledge that Daddario is dating actress Ester Kim.

The Slur Scandal

Around November 29 2017, Matthew was doing a live stream on Facebook for his fans. Unknowingly, his co-star on “Shadowhunters”, Dominic Sherwood, greeted Matthew from the background as he probably would privately, shouting a homophobic slur. Even though it’s likely that Matthew and Dominic share a level of friendship where such jokes are completely acceptable, the public thought otherwise. Hence, Dominic ended up posting a public apology on his Instagram feed, where he, in the company of Matthew himself, describes his behavior as ‘disgusting’, asking the viewers to forgive him for the error. While Matthew himself wasn’t culpable for the events that took place, he was nonetheless involved in the scandal.

The Sisters

While both of Matthew’s sisters are actresses, i the elder has contributed most to the rise of the Daddario name – Alexandra has been active in the lucrative acting business since 1998 to the present day, and has managed to land a series of big roles, with “Texas Chainsaw 3D”, the “Percy Jackson” film series and “San Andreas” being a few of the titles behind her persona, while her latest popularity boom comes from her role in 2017’s action series “Baywatch”. Catharine, on the other hand, has only managed to land two roles since the start of her career, in the short film entitled “Wilde Eastern”, where she has the lead role of Scarlet Redd, and in “Entertainment Tonight” as herself.

What is Matthew Daddario’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Matthew is, as of early 2018? According to various reputable sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Matthew’s accumulated wealth is around $4 million, his net worth largely aided by Matthew’s successes over the course of his acting career. It is probable that this amount will continue to grow steadily, thanks to the fact that “Shadowhunters”, the largest source of Matthew’s income to date, seems set to continue for an indefinite amount of time.

— Matthew Daddario at the 2016 Freeform Upfront at Spring Studios on April 7, 2016 in New York City. ♡

Posted by Matthew Daddario . on Friday, April 8, 2016

Body Measurements

Concerning the physical specifications of the actor, various sources repute that his height peaks at 6 feet and 3 inches (1.89m), which makes Matthew one of the taller stars. As for his body weight, this information currently remains unknown to the public.

Social Media Presence

As for the social media presence of the young star, it is nowadays popular for actors of currently running shows to maintain a constant interaction with the public. Such is the case with Matthew as well, who holds live Facebook streams for his 3.500 current followers, while his Twitter account boasts around 555,000 followers at the moment. Ultimately, his Instagram profile enjoys a 2-million-wide audience.

General Info

Full Name Matthew Daddario
Height 1.9 m, 1.9 m
Profession Actor, Actor
Education Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Bloomington
Nationality American, American


Parents Christina Daddario, Richard C. Daddario, Christina Daddario, Richard C. Daddario
Siblings Alexandra Daddario, Catharine Daddario, Alexandra Daddario, Catharine Daddario


Awards Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star, Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star
Movies Cabin Fever, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, When the Game Stands Tall, Delivery Man, Breathe In, Cabin Fever, Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List, When the Game Stands Tall, Delivery Man, Breathe In
TV Shows Shadowhunters, Shadowhunters

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# Fact
1 His favorite TV series are Archer and Breaking Bad.
2 Some of his hobbies are amateur astronomy, cooking and Sci-Fi books.
3 His paternal grandfather was Emilio Q. Daddario, a Democratic representative to the United States House of Representatives for the state of Connecticut from 1959 to 1971.
4 His father, Richard Daddario, was a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in NYC for 13 years, before being named NYC Police Department Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism (2010-2013).
5 Has appeared in national TV spots for Amazon Kindle and Burger King.
6 Has an older sister, Alexandra and a younger sister, Catharine.
7 Originally auditioned for the part of Jace Wayland in the Shadowhunters TV series. When the book author, Cassandra Clare, watched his audition video, she tagged it “Would be perfect Alec” for the producers. Later, he auditioned and landed the role of Alec.
8 His father is of three quarters Italian and one quarter Irish descent, while his mother has Hungarian, German, and English ancestry.
9 Brother of actress Alexandra Daddario.




Title Year Status Character
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments 2016-2018 TV Series Alec Lightwood
Cabin Fever 2016 Jeff
The Last Hunt 2016/I Short Matthias
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List 2015 Gabriel (as Matthew D’addario)
When the Game Stands Tall 2014 Danny Ladouceur
Growing Up and Other Lies 2014 Peter
Delivery Man 2013 Channing
36 Saints 2013 Sebastian
Breathe In 2013 Aaron
The Debut 2012 Short Peter Hamble


Title Year Status Character
Nomad Cowboys 2017 Documentary executive producer filming
The Last Hunt 2016/I Short executive producer


Title Year Status Character
The Last Hunt 2016/I Short


Title Year Status Character
Celebs React 2017 TV Series Himself
Teen Choice Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Himself – Presenter
Superfan Suite: Shadowhunters 2016 TV Series Himself
Dish Nation 2016 TV Series Himself
Beyond the Shadows: The Making of Shadowhunters 2015 TV Movie Himself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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