So, now that we know the identity of the 11th Doctor, what do we know about Matt Smith who’ll be playing him?
Well, he’s 26 years old, was born in Northampton and made his TV debut in BBC’s drama, The Ruby In The Smoke which was “a tale of mystery, danger, puzzling letters and a blood-soaked jewel” by BAFTA winning writer Adrian Hodges.
In it, Matt appeared alongside Billie Piper and Julie Walters. Billie of course played Rose, the Doctor’s assistant. In fact, Matt and Billie have worked together on three TV projects, one of which was his guest appearance in an episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl.
Matt’s quite a favourite in BBC drama and he in starred Party Animals playing Danny Foster, a Labour party researcher who was “a clever boy, an unashamed politics geek” who lacks self-confidence. The love of Danny’s young life was Kirsty and in an interview for the BBC, Matt talked about his character’s relationship with her…
“She treats him like sh*t, pays him little attention and uses him for her own personal gain quite ruthlessly. He doesn’t know why but she rocks his world…”
Matt was shortlisted for an “outstanding newcomer” award for his portrayal of Danny at the Evening Standard Awards.
He then starred in a BBC adaptation of The Shadow in The North, the second book in a quartet by novelist Philip Pullman. Pullman’s literary series charted the adventures of Sally Lockhart, a feisty young Victorian heroine.
However, despite his love of working on TV drama, Matt’s no stranger to stage plays and live theatre and in 2007, he starred alongside Hollywood’s Christian Slater in a stage version of the film ‘Swimming With Sharks’.
Matt’s other theatre roles have included Henry in That Face, Paul in On The Shore Of The Wide World and Arnold in Fresh Kills, a production by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder.
In school though, it looked for a while that he might be a professional footballer. He played for both Leicester City’s and Nottingham Forest’s youth academies but had to stop when he suffered a back injury. So, encouraged by a teacher to take a drama A level, Matt then attended the University of East Anglia on a creative writing course.
His time there developed his love of acting and drama which in turn led to him securing a place at the National Youth Theatre where he took part in many productions.
So there we are! That’s all about Matt Smith, the brand new Time Lord. I can’t wait to see him in the role.
What do you think? Was he the right choice or would you have preferred to see someone else land the role?