M R Hall was born in London in 1967, he was educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Worcester College, Oxford, where he graduated in law.
Whilst working as a barrister he spent his spare moments between cases writing screenplays, getting his first commission with the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. He went on to write further episodes and shortly afterwards was commissioned to create a series for the new Channel Five, Wing And A Prayer. The first season earned him a BAFTA nomination in the best series category.
Matthew wrote exclusively for the screen for ten years, producing more than 40 hours of prime-time drama for BBC1 and ITV before writing his first novel, The Coroner. Published by Pan Macmillan in the UK in 2009, The Coroner was nominated for the Crime Writer's Association Gold Dagger in the best novel category.