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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

#SaveTheDay Showcase: The Eleventh Doctor--Matt Smith

As a countdown to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Doctor
Who, TARDIStyle will be showcasing one Doctor a day.

Matthew Robert Smith was born in Northampton, England on 28 October 1982. He attended Northampton School for Boys.  Throughout his childhood, Matt aspired to be a professional football player and played on the Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest, and Leicester City youth teams. He sustained a serious back injury resulting in spondylosis in his late teens. After the injury, his drama teacher signed him up to be the tenth juror in Twelve Angry Men--against his will. He reluctantly participated, as he identified as a football player and thought acting was not right for a sporty guy. He did, however, refuse to go to a drama festival that the same teacher had signed him up for. The teacher was a persistent fellow, and eventually Matt joined the National Youth Theatre in London. There, he played Thomas Becket in Murder in the Cathedral and Basoon in The Master and Margarita.

His performance in The Master and Margarita found the interest of an agent and landed him his first professional roles in Fresh Kills and On the Shore of the Wide World. His new-found talent began to conflict with his studies of drama and creative writing at Univeristy of East Anglia. He arranged an agreement with the university so he could partake in the roles and graduate in 2005 without attending lectures his final year.

Before being, for all intents and purposes, "discovered" in Doctor Who in 2009, Matt appeared in The Ruby in the Smoke and The Shadow in the North as Jim Taylor, the political drama Party Animals, and Moses Jones as DS Dan Twentyman.

Matt Smith directed Cargese, a short film that d├ębuted on Sky Arts in May 2013. He is an atheist. Matt's favourite band is Radiohead, and he has refered to them as an inspiration. He roots for the Blackburn Rovers.

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