After studying at both Oldham College and the University of Salford, he traveled and worked odd jobs before pursuing acting full-time.
His professional stage credits include roles in English productions of Peter Pan, The Murder Game, and The Tart & the Vicar's Wife.
Born David James Healy, he later adopted the stage name of Matt Healy. He spent his earliest years in Paisley, Scotland, and the rest of his childhood in Oldham, England.
His Emmerdale character was romantically involved with the character played by Emma Davies.