"Hello, I'm Matt Smith, and I'm wearing a fez!"Matthew Robert Smith (born October 28, 1982) is a British actor from 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, was catapulted into the UK national consciousness on 3 January 2009, when the BBC announced that he would be playing the Eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who. 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 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, 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 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 1 June 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."Smith took his last bow as the Doctor on 25 December 2013, handing the reins to Peter Capaldi as the curtain closed on the Eleventh Doctor's tenure and the clock struck Twelve.
— Matt Smith, introducing Doctor Who Confidential
Tropes associated with this actor include:
- Bow Ties Are Cool: Insisted the Doctor needed a bow tie. His role is the Trope Namer. 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.
- Buffy Speak: (Full interview online)Matt Smith: I always wanted something purple, à la 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.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
- Career-Ending Injury: 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 The Cast Showoff.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Matt Smith vs. 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".
- The Klutz: 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.
- Large Ham: Gives an ode to overacting in the episode "The Power of Three", and it is glorious. Turns it Up to Eleven (Ha!) when playing the Cyber-Planner "Mr. Clever" persona in "Nightmare in Silver".
- The Midlands
- Mr. Fanservice:
- There's more where this came from. In that movie, Christopher and His Kind, he has a very naked, very gay makeout session with a very hot man.
- Doing a strip tease. In character as the Doctor. For charity.
- There's a nude scene in "The Time of the Doctor", though it's played for laughs.
- A few nude and topless scenes as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in The Crown 2016, where an impressively muscular physique is very much on show. Doubles as Truth in Television, as His Highness really was that chiseled as a younger man. He was once described as looking "like a viking god".