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Matthew Wolfenden (born 5th May 1980 in Norwood Green, Halifax, West Yorkshire) is an English actor who portrayed David Metcalfe in Emmerdale from November 2006 to November 2023.

Wolfenden attended Brighouse High School. He is a former gymnast who was a member of the British gymnastics squad until he fell whilst practising on the rings and damaged his back. This prevented his continuing gymnastics and he turned to acting.

In 2006, Wolfenden began playing David Metcalfe, son of Eric Pollard, in ITV's Emmerdale. He originally auditioned for the role of Eli Dingle, but lost out to Joseph Gilgun; then he was called back for the role of David.

Wolfenden has also appeared in Hollyoaks: Let Loose, the spin-off to Hollyoaks.

In early 2007, Wolfenden finished 9th on the second series of Soapstar Superstar. He performed the songs "Bad Day" (Daniel Powter) and "Don't Stop Me Now" (Queen)

Wolfenden and Emmerdale co-star Charley Webb have three sons, Buster Lawrence Wolfenden, born on 3rd April 2010, Bowie Grey Wolfenden was born on 19th December 2015 and Ace Gene Wolfenden was born on 26th July 2019. Matthew and Charley married in February 2018.

In 2012 Matthew won Dancing on Ice with over 75% of the public vote in the final.

Wolfenden was nominated for Best Comedy Performance at The British Soap Awards 2016 for his role as David but never won.

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