"Hello, I'm Matt Smith, and I'm wearing a fez!"Matt Smith is a British actor, born October 28th 1982, in The Midlands (Northampton to be precise). He aimed to be a professional footballer, but a back injury put an end to that, and he went into acting instead.Matt appeared in the National Theatre production of The History Boys, which was also made into a film, but not with him in. On TV, he appeared as Jim Taylor in two adaptations of the Sally Lockhart novels, alongside Billie Piper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.He appears in a deleted scene of In Bruges as the younger version of Ralph Fiennes' character, and decapitates a policeman with a sabre. He stars alongside Bond girl Eva Green in the 2010 film Womb.However, "Matt Smith (XI)", as he's listed on IMDB, has now been catapulted into the UK national consciousness. On January 3rd 2009, the BBC announced that he would be playing the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who. Aged 26 when cast, he is the youngest person to ever play the role.Naturally, this is the fourth time where he's appeared on a show or TV special that Billie Piper has been on (and with the 50th anniversary special, the fourth time they've worked together).Shortly after the announcement, he was seen in the BBC2 three-part drama Moses Jones, a murder mystery set in London's Ugandan community, as DS Dan Twentyman.Like Peter Davison, he succeeded a beloved, loud, eccentric, and unbelievably popular Doctor, and was the youngest Doctor at the time of his entry onto the series. He's done spectacularly well at it as well.Extremely clumsy, as Moffat has related — just as Moffat was proposing to Piers Wenger (fellow executive producer) to run a book on how long Smith would take to break the sonic screwdriver prop, the prop man walked past...Not much of a fan to begin with (both he and Karen Gillan grew up in the period between 1989 and 2005 when the show was off the air), he started watching the old stories and became a big fan of Patrick Troughton. (He called up Steven Moffat in the middle of the night to spend twenty minutes raving about "The Tomb of the Cybermen", then asked for a bow tie.) To get a feel for his character, he wrote Fan Fiction with the Doctor meeting Albert Einstein.He has the same name as a presenter on ITV's football coverage, and over sixty cast and crew members (including eleven actors) according to IMDb.Not well-known for his musical skills, he is nevertheless an accomplished keyboardist — and was, for one brief, shining moment, the third member of Orbital, actually playing the Doctor Who theme live at Glastonbury.The more you get to know him, the more you get the feeling he has to tone it down to play The Doctor.On June 1, 2013, over the sound of fangirls everywhere sobbing enough tears to double Britain's annual rainfall, he announced that he would be leaving the show at Christmas. "It's been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with 'the ginger, the nose, and the impossible one'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys." Peter Capaldi will replace Smith as the Twelfth Doctor.
— Matt Smith, introducing Doctor Who Confidential
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