Matt attended the Northampton School for Boys. A talented footballer, he gave up dreams of turning pro after a back injury, and started acting. A former member of the National Youth Theatre, Matt studied drama and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. In January 2009, the…more
Matt Smith is an atheist.
Matt Smith owns the Eleventh Doctor's suit and bowtie himself.
Matt excelled at sport at school. His bad back prevented him from becoming a professional football player.
Matt's favorite band is Radiohead.
Matt likes photography and poetry. He also loves music and can play piano.
Matt voiced The Doctor in the 2010 video game, Doctor Who: The Adventure Games.
In February 2009, Matt made his debut on the cover of Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 405.
Matt fell in love with a Brazilian woman when he took a holiday to Brazil with the playwright of That Face, Polly Stenham. The holiday was supposed to last for only two weeks, but Matt stayed for six weeks due to his newfound love.
Matt enjoys playing the piano and flute. He also reads a lot of poetry. His favourite is Carol Anne Duffy's collection, "Rapture".
For the character of Henry in the play That Face, Matt wears the nightdress and jewels of his character's mother, on stage, and wets himself as a form of protest. He admits his own mother found it hard to watch.
Matt, along with the rest of the cast, was nominated for the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement or Performance in an Affiliate Theatre, for the show, That Face.
To prepare for the role of Henry in That Face, he, along with the rest of the cast, interviewed alcoholics and their families.
Matt originally thought that acting "wasn't that cool" and not for him, but his drama teacher persisted and eventually persuaded him to join the National Youth Theatre.
Matt's sister is a dancer who has appeared in the video for Eric Prydz's 2004 hit single Call On Me.
The first person Matt told about being cast as the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who was his father.
In 2003 Matt appeared in the role of Thomas A. Becket in Murder In The Cathedral.
In 2007, Matt appeared in the play, That Face in the role of Henry for the Royal Court Theatre.
Matt: (on the Eleventh Doctor and his companion, Amy Pond): He's a lot less tolerant than a lot of Doctors and she's got a fire in her soul, in her belly, and so they combust together ... but there's a great affection and love there.
Matt (on getting the role as The Doctor): When I got the role I paced around the room for about three days because I didn't know what to do. I was just smiling and thought 'I'm the Doctor!' It's weird!
Matt: I just want to try and make brave choices and not get too het up about ladders. Look at the careers of people like Michael Gambon and Ian McKellen. Learn your craft. I'm still rough around the edges and I want to keep on improving.
Matt (on his Brazilian girlfriend): It's a bloody nightmare because she's 6,000 miles away. But what can you do when you're in love?
Matt (on working with Christian Slater in the play, "Swimming with Sharks"): He's cool, Christian, I liked him. He's a good guy but I had a tough time, for a variety of reasons. I'd never done that length of run before. It was quite a learning curve.
Matt (on performing in the play "That Face" eight times a week): I'm going to have to be disciplined. I'm going to have to drink less. No pints after work.
Matt (on acting at the National Youth Theatre): As a young actor, there is no better place to learn your craft.
Matt (on David Tennant as the tenth Doctor in "Doctor Who"): David Tennant has made the role his own, brilliantly, with grace, talent and persistent dedication. I hope to learn from the standards set by him.
Matt (on being cast as the eleventh Doctor on "Doctor Who"): I'm just so excited about the journey that is in front of me. It's a wonderful privilege and challenge that I hope I will thrive on.
Matt (on being cast as the Eleventh Doctor): I'm flabbergasted. I haven't slept really to be honest. Truthfully, I haven't. I probably look a bit 'bags under the eyes' now because it's sort of an iconic part of our culture. My granddad knows about it, my Dad knows about it, it's been around since 1963 and I think it has the iconic kind of status that Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes have and I'm sort of taking that on.
Matt (on his acting choices): I quite like the transitions of being an actor, because you get to explore these little pockets of life. So if you're playing a builder you get to know about building, if you're playing a scientist or a physician or something you get to know about physics. And similarly with this world I like exploring their culture, that very sort of upper middle class, addictive… that's part of the reason I love it.
Matt: (on getting into acting): What sealed the deal for me was joining the National Youth Theatre, going up to London and spending the summer doing plays with them. I did Murder in the Cathedral in 2003, playing Thomas a Becket, and the next year I was in The Master and Margarita.
Matt (on working with Lindsay Duncan in "That Face"): I completely admire her. She's a constant source of information - not only about acting but about life and love. She's a cool cat. There's something very rock 'n' roll about her.