Born in New Zealand, Matthew Lawrence trained at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. After graduating, he joined The Australian Ballet, where his repertory included the leading roles in Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, Coppélia, Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty and works by many modern choreographic luminaries.
Matthew joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008 as Principal Dancer. His repertory while at that company included leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, Raymonda Act III and The Nutcracker. The breadth of roles he has performed has proved him a hugely versatile artist, with a personality that endears him to audiences.
Matthew joined Queensland Ballet as a Principal Dancer in January 2013.