|Portrayed by||Chris Geere|
|First Appearance (First stint)||Series 3 Episode 1|
|Last Appearance (First stint)||Series 4 Episode 20|
|First Appearance (Second stint)||Series 7 Episode 11|
|Last Appearance (Second stint)||Series 7 Episode 30|
|Cause/Reason||Left to teach in the private sector (first stint)
Chose not to move to the new Waterloo Road in Scotland to be with Martha (second stint)
|Occupation||Drama Teacher |
Head of Music
|Daughters||Martha Matthews (Sperm donation)|
|Wards||Sambuca Kelly (Foster daughter, deceased)|
A talented musician, boyishly good-looking Matthew "Matt" Wilding is enthusiastic and will work round the clock at things that really interest him, such as the production of a Waterloo Road musical. He’s got a good rapport with the kids and as a result has found himself helping out with some of the school’s more difficult pupils as they embark on vocational training and life skills.
A talented musician, boyishly good-looking Matt is keen to impress and will work round the clock at things that really interest him, such as the first musical production at Waterloo Road last year, but he'll do anything to avoid the bore chores of teaching.
Matt is gay and was with a boyfriend for three years, but the fact that he was unwilling to live openly as a gay man was a source of constant rows between them and meant the relationship was doomed to failure. Now Matt finds himself newly single and is burying his grief in a partying lifestyle. However, the party has to end when he finds himself foster parent to a troubled young girl and the target of hate for her brother and erstwhile father.
He returns to Waterloo Road following a spell at an independent school. Handpicked by Michael to once again head up the Music and Drama departments and oversee the introduction of a school orchestra. Whilst he firmly gets his feet back under his desk at Waterloo Road his best friend Rosie has other ideas to keep him busy.
Matt’s first girlfriend back in Cheshire, Charlotte, was also his last. Matt’s been with Colin, his boyfriend, for three years, but for most of it referred to him as his ‘housemate’. The fact that Matt was unwilling to live openly as a gay man was a source of constant rows between them and even after he came out, first to the school and then to his overbearing mother, the relationship was doomed to failure. Now Matt finds himself newly single and is burying his grief in a partying lifestyle.
He returns to Waterloo Road following a spell at an independent school. He was handpicked by Michael to once again head up the Music and Drama departments and oversee the introduction of a school orchestra. Whilst he firmly gets his feet back under his desk at Waterloo Road his best friend Rosie has other ideas to keep him busy. Matt’s agreed to be sperm donor but will their friendship withstand the pressure of impending parenthood?
At the end of Series 7, Matt left Waterloo Road for a second time after the school moved to Scotland, and he gained another job in the Rochdale area.
Matt was first introduced in series three as the schools new drama and music teacher. Presumably the replacement for Izzie Redpath, who was fatally stabbed at the end of Series 2. Matt's enthusiastic and wants the school to put on a musical. Steph Haydock is immediately enthusiastic and offers to help. Attracted to Mat, Steph tries flirting only to discover that Matt is in fact gay. However the two of them stay firm friends throughout their time at Waterloo Road.
In Series 3 Episode 10 the school musical 'Park Side Story,' is performed. Matt frustrated and panicked that the musical is going wrong is locked away by the rest of the cast until the show is finished. In the end the show is a hit and Matt takes a bow.
In Series 3 Episode 15 Matt's mother comes to visit. Having not told her that he is gay, Matt moves his boyfriend Colin Scott's stuff out. Colin angrily breaks up with Matt but the two of them reconcile at the end of the episode. Matt's mother is furious when she finds out that Matt's gay and promptly leaves his flat. Before the car drives away she waves at him indicating perhaps a touch of acceptance. At school Maxine Barlow spreads the news that Matt is gay. Dominic Hammond, a student who is confused about his own sexuality confides in Matt, telling him that he thinks he's also gay.
Matt is seen standing outside with the rest of the school after the fire.
In Series 4 it is revealed that Matt and Colin are no longer together.
In Series 4 Episode 6 Matt fosters Sambuca Kelly after the Kelly's were taken away from Rose. Matt finds himself in trouble when Sambuca's father, Reynold tracks them down and attacks Matt. Late when Matt tries to leave with Sambuca at the boxing match, her father follows. Reynold tries to throw a chair at them but Matt manages to restrain him in a hold 'he saw on the telly'. Reynold is later arrested.
In Series 7 Episode 17 Matt is excited when his friend Rosie who he's a sperm donor for gets pregnant.
In Series 7 Episode 22 Rosie is rushed to hospital when her baby arrives early, they name her Martha.
In Series 7 Episode 24 Matt is relieved when Martha pulls through but is angry to learn that Rosie has started a relationship with Alex, the doctor, and plans to move to Bristol with Martha. Rosie later tells Matt that she promises to stay in Rochdale.
In Series 7 Episode 30 Matt decides not to move to the new Waterloo Road school in Scotland, explaining that he wants to stay near Martha. He also helps the pupils plan a secret prom in the school. This is his last appearance.