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Also not pictured: [[NiceHat Fez]].]]

->''"Hello, I'm Matt Smith, and ''I'm wearing a fez!''"''
-->-- '''Matt Smith''', introducing ''Series/DoctorWhoConfidential''

'''Matthew Robert Smith''' (born October 28, 1982) is a British actor from UsefulNotes/TheMidlands (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 ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'', which was also made into a film, but not with him in. On TV, he appeared as Jim Taylor in two adaptations of the ''Literature/SallyLockhart'' novels, alongside Creator/BilliePiper in the title role. He also appeared alongside her in ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'', which should make for some... interesting fanvids in the years to come.

He appears in a deleted scene of ''Film/InBruges'' as the younger version of Ralph Fiennes' character, and decapitates a policeman with a sabre. He stars alongside [[Film/JamesBond Bond girl]] Creator/EvaGreen in the 2010 film ''Film/{{Womb}}''.

However, "Matt Smith ([[MeaningfulName XI]])", as he's listed on Website/{{IMDb}}, was catapulted into the UK national consciousness on 3 January 2009, when the BBC announced that he would be playing the Eleventh Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''. Aged 26 when cast, he was at the time 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 Creator/BilliePiper 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 Creator/{{BBC}}2 three-part drama ''Moses Jones'', a murder mystery set in London's Ugandan community, as DS Dan Twentyman.

Like Creator/PeterDavison, he succeeded a beloved, loud, eccentric, and unbelievably popular Doctor, was the youngest Doctor at the time of his entry onto the series, and was followed up by an actor who shared a name with a previous Doctor and had appeared on the show before. 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 Creator/KarenGillan 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 Creator/PatrickTroughton. (He called up Creator/StevenMoffat in the middle of the night to spend twenty minutes raving about [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Tomb of the Cybermen"]], then asked for a bow tie.) To get a feel for his character, he wrote FanFiction with the Doctor meeting UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.

He has the [[NamesTheSame 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 Music/{{Orbital}}, ''actually playing the ''Doctor Who'' theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBrYrdz6YxA live at Glastonbury]]''.

The more you get to know him, the more you get the feeling he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WKDULWP7Fc has to tone it down]] to play the Doctor.

On 1 June 2013, over the sound of fangirls everywhere sobbing enough tears to double Britain's annual rainfall, he announced that he would be [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22741493 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 '[[Creator/KarenGillan the ginger]], [[Creator/ArthurDarvill the nose]], and [[Creator/JennaLouiseColeman the impossible one]]'. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys."

Smith took his last bow as the Doctor on 25 December 2013, handing the reins to Creator/PeterCapaldi as the curtain closed on the Eleventh Doctor's tenure and the clock struck Twelve.

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!!Tropes associated with this actor include:


* BowTiesAreCool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie. His role is the TropeNamer. He also played a major part (if he didn't do it single-handedly) in making bow-ties fashionable again after years of being seen as stuffy and old fashioned.
* BuffySpeak: (Full interview [[http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/03/25/exclusive-matt-smith-talks-new-doctor-who-series-and-50th-anniversary-special/ online]])
-->'''Matt Smith:''' I always wanted something purple, à la [[Creator/JonPertwee Pertwee]]. And so now I've got purple tweed, and cool purpley boots and a cool purpley waistcoat and a purple bowtie and purple lining. I've got my purple wish.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He is, frankly, completely mad and a massive goof but also a very talented actor and the first Doctor to be nominated for a Bafta TV award.
* CareerEndingInjury: Originally wanted to be a professional football (not the American kind) player, but a back injury put an end to that. Instead, he went into acting. See TheCastShowoff.
* HamToHamCombat: Matt Smith vs. ''[[ActingForTwo Matt Smith]]'' in "Nightmare in Silver". He's also had some pretty epic battles with ''Who'''s guest stars, such as Dame Diana Rigg in "The Crimson Horror".
* TheKlutz: Has the reputation. When it was announced that for the 2012 Olympics he'd be the torch bearer through Cardiff, fans posted, "Farewell, Cardiff. You will rebuild." Steven Moffat even wrote a blog post once about Matt walking around with a guitar slung across his back; that was bad enough, but Karen Gillan apparently took it as a challenge to see how close she could get without being injured and followed right behind him, horrifying all who watched.
* LargeHam: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E4ThePowerOfThree "The Power of Three"]], and it is ''glorious''. Turns it UpToEleven (Ha!) when playing the Cyber-Planner "Mr. Clever" persona in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver "Nightmare in Silver"]].
* UsefulNotes/TheMidlands
* MrFanservice:
** There's more where [[http://ianwylie.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/mattbafta1500.jpg?w=500&h=333 this]] came from. In that movie, ''Christopher and His Kind'', he has a very naked, very gay makeout session with a very hot man.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwy-_jbACFM Doing a strip tease. In character as the Doctor.]] For charity.
** There's a nude scene in [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor"]], though it's [[NakedPeopleAreFunny played for laughs]].
** A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Series/TheCrown2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as TruthInTelevision, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".
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